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Posted on 6/19/11 02:06 AM
Now I'll be honest about one thing and that is that I'm not biggest fan of romantic comedies. In my own personal opinion, the genre is dead, plagued by cheesy, ludicrous scenarios, uninspiring characters and formulaic plots. I'll admit that once I was forced by my younger sister to sit and watch this film my expectations for it were relatively low. Once its full running time came to an end, I was surprisingly entertained.
The story is quite simple and charming. After her first sex-ed class, young, ten year old Maya becomes inquisitive about how her father Will Hayes, played charismatically by Ryan Reynolds, met her mother. Through long flash backs, and occasional flashes to the present, Will reluctantly divulges the tale of how he met Maya's mother. Now the big surprise, at least to me, is that in the beginning of the film, Will is in the midst of a divorce. Now trying to recount the blooming romance with your ex-wife can't be easy, which is perfectly illustrated by Reynolds performance. In every scene that takes place in the present he portrays the emotional weight of a broken heart and lost love.
Altering certain details and names of his love interest, Will tells the story to Maya in the form of a romantic mystery. The narrative is well constructed, it leaves the viewer guessing who Will ends up with and in consequence, is Maya's mother. Like I stated earlier most romantic comedies have fallen to clichés and atrocious dialogue, yet the script is solid, every line delivered perfectly by its cast. The film breaks away from formula by presenting the complexities of romance and true love, rather than going through the motions of previously set formulas. It succeeds in presenting romance in a realistic matter, demonstrating that it is not as simple as boy meets girl, boy loves girl and, then, boy marries girl.
I wish there was more I could say about this charming film, but I feel that there isn't much more I can say. Not that there isn't much more I can say, but because I don't want to spoil any details. The script is clever and crisp, the film gives a refreshing new life to the romantic comedy genre. It is filled with tender moments, especially when Will confesses the happy ending to his daughter, and it demonstrate that Ryan Reynolds is more than a capable actor who can break free from his comedic roles.