Movie review – Diary of a romance

2011-09-24 09:22

Film: One Day (Ster Kinekor)
Director: Lone Scherfig
Featuring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson and Jodie Whitaker
Rating: 6/10

Danish director Lone Scherfig follows up her brilliant Oscar-nominated An Education with the whimsical One Day, based on the novel by David Nicholls.

It is the story of two people who spend the night together on the day they graduate from college in Edinburgh.
The story of their lives and loves is then told in terms of that same date every year. Some years they are together, some not, but they remain steadfast friends throughout.

Anne Hathaway is Emma, a wannabe writer who gets trapped in a dead-end job in a Mexican eatery while waiting for her moment to come.

It takes her some time, but eventually she realises that she must make something happen.

Jim Sturgess is Dexter, a rich boy who is so charming he finesses his way into all sorts of glamorous jobs, including a TV hosting gig that makes him rich and really, really unhappy.

I was inclined to really like this film. I am a fan of both Hathaway and Sturgess, who did such a great job in the blackjack flick 21 and in the Beatles musical Across the Universe.

However, there is one flaw – the story is set in the UK, so both have to be English. Easy for Sturgess, who is, but for Hathaway it results in a diction disaster.

Hathaway does what she can to master a London accent, but she swings wildly between posh and guttersnipe, making it an irritating distraction from her otherwise likeable performance.

Sturgess is good as the naughty but nice guy who desperately needs a little help steering to happiness, but now and then you might want to give his character a wake-up slap.

One Day is a sweet film that tells a story of love and friendship in a refreshing way and it steers clear of cliché in so many ways.

Which makes it so much more of a shame that Hathaway’s awkward English accent claims so much of the audience’s attention. 

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