With an emotional performance of an abrupt romantic comedy “One Day” proves the endless limits of true love..The movie “One Day” is based on the novel written by David Nicholls, who also wrote the screenplay. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star in the film, and it is directed by Lone Scherfig. The film is a romantic comedy about the growth of a couples, sometimes unknown, relationship. It is a good movie where casting and cinematography are concerned, however the movie lacks plot build-up and character development. The ending is very abrupt and if you have read the novel, it is quite possible that you will be somewhat disappointed.
In this film Emma Morely (Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Sturgess) meet after their college graduation and nearly hook up before their lives go in separate directions. The story then follows the two for twenty years, showing their growth as individual people as well as their relationship growth. Though they are thrown into many trials and tribulations throughout their lives they always try to make it work.
The best part about “One Day” was the acting, because although the plot was rushed and every aspect of the story seemed far too abrupt Hathaway and Sturgess play off of each other very well and are the glue that hold the story together. Without them the story would be more confusing and completely comical rather than romantic. Understanding that producers and screenwriters, Nicholls, must cut out part of the story to not have an eight hour film, it is not expected that complete chunks of the characters lives would be cut out without any mention to them. There was no character development and no understanding of why these two people always had a pull back to each other.
The cinematography and set design of the film was very loyal to the novel. The scenes that were included from the novel seemed to come alive right off of the page. The costuming really helped give the characters a sense of aging, personality, and different styles not only in clothing but also in their drastically different lives. Overall this was a well made movie that had moving emotion and heart thanks to Hathaway and Sturgess. “One Day” would be a great film for teenagers and young adults who love to watch a witty and romantic movie on a rainy day.