— by RACHEL COYNE —
Ah Juliet … I can’t do the talk like they talk on the TV, and I can’t do a love song like the way it’s meant to be …
In what looks to be another predictable Hollywood romantic drama, Amanda Seyfried is American tourist Sophie, who is visiting Italy with her fiancé, Gael Garcia Bernal.
They arrive in Verona, which — as anyone who took ninth-grade English knows — is where the fictitious lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, loved and died. Sophie discovers a wall where the lovelorn have been leaving letters to Juliet for generations, asking her for assistance and consolation.
After finding a particularly old letter from a woman regretting that she never met her lover at their arranged meeting place, Sophie goes on a quest to find her and rekindle a love from ages ago.
And as so often happens, Sophie winds up discovering more about herself while on her mission. She finds the letter-writer — played by Vanessa Redgrave, who seems a bit above this movie — who comes complete with an overprotective and overly blonde grandson, who Sophie forms a bond with. Will she be able to reunite the long-parted lovers? Will she find happiness with a new man? And most importantly, who would give up Gael Garcia Bernal for anything?
The trailer for “Letters to Juliet” pretty much spells out the entire movie for you, which seems to be happening more and more often. It’s almost like Hollywood wants to make sure we all know that they’ve run out of ideas for new movies. Or they’re trying to make us feel comfortable and unthreatened by simply repackaging everything we’ve already seen a hundred times. I have absolutely no problem enjoying a good chick flick, but I’d really like the “good” element to find its way back home.
“Letters to Juliet” lets ancient grudge break to new mutiny on May 7, 2010.
Source: Trailer Spy
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