One Day (2011)
Critic Consensus: Despite some fresh narrative twists, One Day lacks the emotion, depth, or insight of its bestselling source material.
After one day together - July 15th, 1988, their college graduation - Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess) begin a friendship that will last a lifetime. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dex and Em through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself. -- (C) Focus Features … More
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Critic Reviews for One Day
For everyone who's grown tired of the summer onslaught of superheroes, save-the-world plots and explosions, Hollywood finally offers some decent counter-programming in the form of the brainy romance One Day.
I couldn't help but feel the film was lent shades of colour by the book; colour that simply doesn't exist on the screen. I projected 435 pages of joy onto a film that probably didn't deserve it.
An average romantic dramedy, 'One Day' tips its hand so early in the game that you won't be a bit surprised by anything that ensues.
...you can't help feeling this dreary tale could have done with a bit of fancy editing or narrative reconstruction.
Audience Reviews for One Day
A touching story with a beautiful score, impeccable makeup and captivating characters that really grow on us as we catch up with them once in a year for such a long period of time - although it is just a pity that in the end it reuses a typical melodramatic cliché of romances.
The story of one significant day in the lives of two friends over many years is told in such quick flashes that anything resembling emotional attachment to its characters dissipates with the fog of these lazy transitions. These two numbskulls meet at their college graduation and proceed to remain friends for a significant number of years. Looking at the same day every day for twenty years the film tries to delve into the neurosis of the two and show that they are meant to be together. Neither of these characters is very likable, interesting, or entertaining, because both of them are selfish, both are juvenile in the way they show their emotions, and both never seem to learn from their various mistakes. Emma (Hathaway) ruins her life, falls for the wrong man and settles, and loses any respect for her former friend. In confluence Dexter (Sturgess) sells out, becomes a drug addict, and loses any self-respect. Some things change over the years, but really it's about long term change over a period of time. These drawn out storylines last years and years and don't entertain, mostly because their sorrows revolve around their own morbid senses of self-worth. Over the years they may grow closer together, but there's no buildup to their inevitable relationship. It's one scene, that only shows how shallow and beaten down Emma is to finally fall for Dexter's shtick. The rest of the movie results in a bunch of jumbled, half-thought out ideas that result in a lackluster ending. There's just no heart to this film, no chemistry between the two leads, and no decent ending to tie it together, just false sentimentalities to make up for a film that steers nowhere. Anyone would agree there's really nothing to love in this love story.
While there's certainly innovation here and I generally enjoy romantic films (and I certainly enjoyed this one), I have to admit that there's something lacking in the way it ended. The actors did as best they could with the material but maybe it's just that mushy-cushy feeling and predictability you always get with these films that sometimes just doesn't cut it for me.
One Day Quotes
|Emma Morley:||A tortilla is either corn or wheat. But a corn tortilla folded and filled is a taco, whereas a filled wheat tortilla is a burrito. Deep fry a burrito, it's a chimichanga.Toast a tortilla, it's a tostada. Roll it, it's an enchilada.|
|Emma:||If I can't talk to you then what's the point of you?|
|Emma Morley:||Whatever happens tomorrow, We've had today. And if we should bump into each other sometime in the future, well that's fine too, we'll be friends.|
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