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Thought on Cinema/Ideology/Criticism

In their article “Cinema/Ideology/Criticism” Jean-Luc Comollu and Jean Narboni discuss the way they economy plays a part in filmmaking.  On page 688 they argue that, “No filmmaker can, by his own individual efforts change the economic relations governing the manufacture and distribution of his films.” When looking at both the old Hollywood system and the modern one, one can see that this is true. There is a very strict path one must set upon in order to make and then distribute their film, a successful film at least. There are many films made each year yet only the ones that follow the rules are seen by audiences. This is not to say that these are the best films, or that those that do not receive distribution are inferior, just that they followed the correct process. There are films that attempt to change the way one makes a film and then distributes it, however these are generally unsuccessful. Every now and then a film uses unique distribution in an attempt to get their film viewed by audiences in a different way. For example, Paranormal Activity was filmed for an extremely low budget, almost in the same context as a student film. It went on to get a limited theatrical release, using social media to demand the film in theatres, before getting a wide release and making millions of dollars. While this is unconventional the filmmakers only found success once Steven Spielberg added his name to the project. They could not have accomplished this if they did not begin with the conventional way of filmmaking. In the end by signing on Steven Spielberg they inevitably went the typical Hollywood route.

 

Comollu and Narboni go on to say that, “For all films are commodities and therefore objects of trade” (689). Further to this, one can say that this is most evident in big budget Hollywood films. One merely has to look at the movies that were filmed in Toronto the past few years to prove this: Carrie, Robocop, Total Recall and The Mortal Instruments. Each of these films is a remake, except for the last which is based on a series of popular books. The reason for this is because millions of dollars are being put into these films; therefore studios want to be sure that they will recoup each dime. By recreating popular films and basing films on popular novels they are drawing in an already existing audience, thus guaranteeing their money, however this is of course not always the case as Total Recall proved.

 

This industry has been around for just over a hundred years however not much has changed. At it’s essence the most important aspects are the rules governing the manufacturing of the films and the money involved. 

Film Review Blog 6: The Goonies

For my final blog I have chosen a classic film The Goonies! Directed by Richard Donner, written by Chris Columbus and released in 1985 it remains one of the most celebrated coming of age stories. The film follows Mikey and his group of friends, who refer to themselves as “goonies”, as the embark on a treasure hunt in hopes of finding enough gold to help save their town from being turned into a golf course.

 

I can’t remember the first time I saw The Goonies I just remember always loving it! It was one of my dad’s favourite films so he showed it to me when I was younger. I love that each character is so different so that each child watching this could somehow relate to one of the goonies. Personally I always felt connected to Mikey, his determination and desire for adventure always struck me, I wanted to go on a treasure hunt like this as a child!

 

Of all the films I reviewed I think this is the only one where the story itself doesn’t matter. These kids could have had any sort of adventure, in any town and still the film would have remained the same. What matters here is the experience of these kids, how they bond and how they save their town together.

This film was very good and releasing information only as it needed to, this allowed for the viewer to participate within the treasure hunt and feel as though they are right there with the goonies. One scene in particular is when Mikey first finds the map, before reading it allowed he looks over it, allowing the viewer to also have a first look. I enjoy the way the viewer has to sort of work things out, it adds to the tension and also the overall fun of the film.

 

One of the funnies scenes is when Andy attempts to kiss Brand for the first time but instead kisses Mikey. Mikey’s reaction in that scene is pure brilliance. Despite the fact that he is brave and adventurous, when it comes to girls he is a little awkward dork. That kiss with Andy boosted his confidence and helped him throughout the rest of the film.

 

The morale of the story comes out in the end of the film once everyone returns to their families. Everyone realizes it doesn’t matter that their town is going to be destroyed, what matters is that they have each other. The conversations between each of the characters and their parents truly shows how much this adventure has changed them.

 

This film has a large principal cast however aside from the goonies there aren’t any other important characters. This is refreshing, especially after watching a film that had so many pointless characters. Each of these characters is revealed doing what they love or during a daily routine during the opening credits. This allows the viewer to see who they are and see what is important in their life. As everyone comes together we learn a little bit about their history and about their friendships. Not a lot is told, more so alluded  too, this makes the film seem like it’s just another one of their adventures.

 

As an overall arc the film works very well. In the beginning we meet all the characters, learn that their town is going to be demolished and learn about One-Eyed Willy’s treasure. The middle begins once the kids go underground and begin their adventure and the end finds the kids leaving behind their jewels to make their way to safety. The film isn’t too complicated, it has its one main plot and a few subplots but each is integrated together nicely. By the end of the film each storyline is wrapped up leaving the viewer satisfied.

 

The Goonies is one of those feel good movies I go to when I want to reminisce about my childhood. Had this movie been released in modern times it probably would have spawned a large franchise, multiple films or even a television show! I’m glad this movie was released in the 80s, it adds to its charm and keeps it a true classic!

Film Review Blog 5: A League Of Their Own

Growing up one of my favourite movies was A League of Their Own. Released in 1992, directed by Penny Marshall and written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, the sports drama follows two sisters Dottie and Kit as they join the first professional women’s baseball league during World War II. The main reason I was attracted to this film was because I grew up playing softball. From the age of 5 up until last year I played professionally on a rep team, travelling all over north America, winning provincial and national titles.  This film will always have a special place in my heart as it brings me back to my days on the diamond.

 

The heart and soul of this film is the relationship between the two sisters Dottie and Kit. The viewer becomes so invested in their journey that it actually becomes heartbreaking when Kit is traded to another team. This focus on the narrative of their life during this time is what keeps me coming back time and time again; I just really love the story!

 

One scene that I adore and that always gets the same emotional reaction out of me is when the man from the war department brings a telegram to tell one of the girls that their husband has died in the war. The man can’t find the name on his list and tells them he’ll have to come back later, the shot on Dottie in this moment, as she realizes what this letter means, is breathtaking, you can really see the fear in her eyes. Jimmy Dugan, their coach, rips the letter from the telegram man’s hand and decided to give it to the proper woman, otherwise everyone would be on edge for the rest of the day. His long walk down the locker room draws the viewer in, especially as he heads towards Dottie. I always catch my breath in the moment when he stops in front of Dottie and tries to speak but can’t. When he does finally speak we learn that it was Betty’s husband that has been killed. That holding back on the final line really gets the emotion out of both characters and really leaves the viewer wondering if it was Dottie’s husband who died. This scene causes Dottie to revaluate her time on the baseball team and makes her wish she was back on her farm with her husband living the life she has always wanted. This scene has always taught me that silence is golden, holding back that last line and then saying it quickly can really draw the viewer in and give them a really big payback.

 

I really enjoy the sports montages in this film. This movie really did get across the feel of being on a ball diamond playing an intense game. I especially adore when Jimmy has finally come around and becomes a good coach. The bonding scenes between Dottie and Jimmy are really funny yet sweet at the same time. We the viewer can really see how far Jimmy has come and how much Dottie is adapting to this world with a simple action like spitting out chewing tobacco. These montages show a real nice shift in everyone’s character but Dottie and Jimmy’s were the greatest.

 

The film begins with an older Dottie heading to the induction of the AAGPBL’s induction into the baseball hall of fame. As she reminisces about the past we the viewer are introduced to the characters as Dottie meets them.Take Marla for example, she is introduced during a tryout and eventually, like every member of the Rockford Peaches, becomes a big part of Dottie and Kit’s life. The only character that’s really important to the story but is not introduced until the end is Dottie’s husband, this is of course done for dramatic effect.

 

The three-act structure in this film is very strong it has a clear beginning, middle and end. The beginning finds the girls playing ball then auditioning to be in the first professional women’s league. From there the middle follows the girls as they play on the Rockford Peaches leading us until the end, when Kit gets traded and the girls’ two teams compete for the title. The story and character arcs work perfectly to form a cohesive ending, which works very well for the morale of the film.

 

Despite the majority of the film following the Rockford Peaches, they are not the winners of the tile but in fact Kit’s new team is. Kit finally is able to beat her sister and gets the glory, having grown up in her sister’s shadow it’s everything she could have ever dreamed of. Dottie is happy to oblige her sister since by this point she has decided she is done with baseball, all she wants in life is her family, she understands this is her sister’s life not hers. Personally, I believe that Dottie drops the ball in the end on purpose; I have always thought that. There is much debate amongst viewers as to whether or not that was purposeful but I feel that not revealing whether or not she did drop the ball leaves the choice up to the viewers. In my eyes it’s a stronger film if Dottie dropped it on purpose.

 

Watching A League of Their Own always makes me want to go throw a ball around. Just like Dottie I end up reminiscing about my past on the diamond, it’s more then likely I’ll end up like Dottie when I’m older, back at a diamond starring at people playing thinking about the good old days.

Film Review Blog 4: No Strings Attached

I’ve gone with this theme of romance films for my blogs for some reason, it good be because that is my favourite genre or maybe because those movies are generally good. This blog will also be about a romance film, a romcom to be more specific however, it will be a very different blog since this is about a film I very much disliked.

Released in 2011 The film No Strings Attached was directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Elizabeth Meriwether. It tells the story of Emma and Adam who met at camp and over the course of 15 years keep bumping into each other. Emma is a med student who chooses to not get in relationships because she doesn’t do well with attachments Adam is very much a relationship guy and his most recent girlfriend got together with his father. The two decide to not become a real couple but to be friends and use each other for sex.

I’m not quite sure why I decided to watch this movie. Perhaps it was because I was curious since some of my friends enjoyed it. Or it was because my dad just happened to put it on my USB key so I thought I’d see what it was about hoping I’d get some great shirtless scenes of Ashton Kutcher (shirtless dudes isn’t all that draws me to a film, I promise!). I’m not a particularly big fan of Ashton’s but I did enjoy Just Married and I guess I was hoping this would be a repeat of that film. Boy, was I WRONG!

This narrative driven film is a wreck from the get go. I could go on for ages about what didn’t work for me but let’s go over the basics. Kutcher and Natalie Portman had absolutely NO chemistry! She is an Oscar award-winning actress and it actually pained me to see her in this. The jokes, oh dear the jokes! For a film where the main lead is an aspiring screenwriter you’d think the jokes would maybe actually be funny, but no. I found myself cringing at some jokes because of how awkward they were or laughing not because it was funny but because it was so NOT! And then there are the characters….. Where do I begin? Not one of the characters was relatable in any way; they all seemed over exaggerated and totally unbelievable, they also served no purpose! The writer could have taken away the majority of the supporting cast and there wouldn’t have been any issues with the storyline. Emma’s best friend Patrice was so painful to watch, she had no point of being there other then to say, “Hi Adam here’s Emma”. Once Emma and Adam got each other’s numbers her presence became redundant.

One scene in particular that had me seething because I couldn’t stand the jokes was the period scene. Emma and her 2 roommates are all on the same cycle so Adam brings them cupcakes and a period cd mixtape. Patrice lies on the floor and says, “There’s like a crime scene in my pants.” Was that really necessary? I understand this idea that men love crude humor but what man is going to laugh at period jokes? Women most definitely wouldn’t laugh at period jokes, I know I didn’t. This scene taught me not to write anything at anytime in my life about a woman on her period, it just comes across as painful and horribly awkward.

The only scene I can think of where a piece of action really helped along the story and character would be the very end. Emma and Adam have decided that they are going to try and be a couple. They arrive at Emma’s sister’s wedding and Emma is unsure what to do next, Adam reaches down and holds her hand. This is the first time they have shown that much affection and really shows how much Emma has changed because she isn’t pulling away. I thought it was a nice way to end an otherwise crude film.

The ending of the film actually did manage to pull everything together, by that point I was too disgusted to care, but it did have some sweet moments. There is a very beautiful moment when Emma is admitting to her sister that she does love Adam and wants a relationship with him but is afraid she’s lost him. More then any point in the entire film we can finally see Emma’s walls coming down, she’s finally able to let someone in and not feel like she is loosing control.

The film opens with the pair 15 years earlier and then goes over the most important moments of their lives together leading up to now. This was a very easy and quick way of introducing not only Emma and Adam’s back-story but also all their friends. We can see who these people are and how they know each other and why Adam and Emma have these feelings for each other.

The film definitely follows a typical romcom model, which I guess does work. The film flows right I just felt that overall the story itself was flawed, there were too many characters with no purpose to the overall arc. The writer could have easily combined a few of the characters to make it seem less clustered and perhaps to make the film flow better. There were about 5 or 6 subplots going on at the same time as the main plot and this really threw me off, as I didn’t know which story to follow. Sometimes less is more.

All in all I think the end was my favourite part, not just because it meant the film was over.  The film managed to end with closure yet it didn’t tell you exactly what happened between Adam and Emma, the viewer can make up their mind about whether or not the two lasted as a couple. Also the little montage ending credits was cliché but cute, I could have done without but I understand that’s a part of the romcom model.

Film Review Blog 3: Crazy, Stupid, Love

The third film I’ve chosen for my film review blog is Crazy, Stupid, Love. Released in 2011 it was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and written by Dan Fogelman. The dark romcom film revolves around Cal, a forty-something year old man whose wife cheats on him and asks for a divorce leaving him flabbergasted as to what is wrong with him. Both Cal and his wife are going through mid life crises, which in a comedy, allows for some really funny bits. Generally speaking I don’t laugh at comedies, I’ll watch them in my spare time but they aren’t my favourite genre. The only reason I chose to watch this was because Candace raved about it and because I knew Ryan Gosling has a semi-nude scene, when Emma Stone’s character Hannah sees him for the first time and says, “Seriously it’s like you’re photoshopped!” pretty much my reaction!

Moving on, the film is driven by the story of Cal and how is attempting to cope with his new single life. Overall I did enjoy the film, it actually had me laughing and had some really sweet scenes. However, the ending totally ruined the film for me! The big reveal that Hannah was Cal’s son was very well done, that scene had me in stitches. Following that scene with a cheesy speech about love just totally pulled me out of the film. The scene was not funny, it wasn’t even cute, it was completely out of place in an otherwise well written film. It seems as though the writers thought, “we should probably stick with the typical romcom conventions, despite the fact that we are a darker film and not that cheese…oh well!” They managed to sort of stay away from the typical romcom conventions throughout the ENTIRE film until that moment. This scene taught me that sometimes sticking with conventions and clichés ruins a movie!

On a happier note, my favourite scene HAD to be the scene where Ryan Gosling’s character Jacob show’s Hannah how he gets women to sleep with him. He tells the women he can do the iconic dance move from Dirty Dancing (another one of my favourites) and then bam, they sleep with him. Of course Hannah doesn’t believe it will work so they do it. There’s a silence that the two characters share and that moment is just so telling. Jacob, who’s always been a ladies man, has a moment with Hannah, one where he realizes maybe he can settle down. Then there is Hannah, who didn’t think she could actually go through with being with Jacob that night but in that moment realized that he’s actually kind of amazing. Little scenes like that between romantic character are my absolute favourite because more often then not nothing needs to be said, it’s all in the eyes.

My other favourite scene was, without a doubt, the big reveal scene. Pretty much all the plot points came to a head at this point. There was so much dialogue being thrown around yet it wasn’t difficult to follow, it just added to the comedic effect. Because so much was said and revealed the plot was really able to move forward, we also learned a lot about each of the characters. For example Jacob, finally admitted that he could love a woman and he has fallen for Hannah. Everyone really had their shinning moment in this scene

Normally I’m really great with twist endings, I definitely saw the big twist in this movie coming from a mile a way. I did find it interesting though that the film kept alluding to how Cal and Emily had married so very young and that was the route to their problem yet they never explained why they were married so young. This was explained when Hannah was revealed to be Emily and Cal’s daughter, whom they had at 17. That little piece of information about Cal’s past was held back until it made the most impact on the overall story; I believe it was woven into the story perfectly.

As I mentioned before I did very much like the film, however I would have enjoyed it more had the last few scenes been different. I think the problem with the ending is that it feels, as though it’s a different film, it just doesn’t flow. There is the beginning of the film where Cal finds out about his wife’s divorce and is trying to figure out what to do with his life. Then the middle where Jacob is trying to help Cal and then the Cal realizes he doesn’t want other women but his wife. Everything post big reveal feels like it was just thrown in to have some sort of happy ending but there was other ways this could have been done, without a cheesy speech. I’m the first to admit I LOVE the cheese factor, when it works, this one was just way too out of place and ruined this film for me.

Overall I’d say Crazy, Stupid, Love is a pretty good movie, I’d watch it again… if only for Ryan Gosling’s body : )

Film Review Blog 2: TITANIC

Anyone who knows me knows that my favourite movie of all time is Titanic! The epic romance that was released in 1997 was written and directed by James Cameron. The film follows Rose, a young rich debutant who feels trapped in her life and is screaming for attention but is unable to get away, until of course she meets free spirit Jack upon the Titanic in 1912.

I remember watching this film in the theatres for the very first time. I would have been around 6 years old but I remember the controversy around the budget, I remember everyone saying how it was the best movie ever, how Leonardo Dicaprio was the sexiest man alive and how I had to see it! Despite being so young I dragged my mother to the theatre and sat there mesmerized by the visuals and entranced by the story. In the end I wept like a baby, although I was so young I practically was one! I was always drawn to the story of Titanic the fact that anyone attempted a movie on the subject was reason enough for me to see it but after hearing such amazing things about the film I just HAD to watch it.

It’s been 14 years since I first saw Titanic, to this day no film has captivated me as much as that one, it’s part of the reason why I’m studying film today! Something I’ve always loved about Titanic, and one of the reasons why I believe it’s so successful, is that it managed to incorporate an important moment in history into a love story but it placed so much importance on that historical event. So many films have attempted this but ended up making it a love story with some random historical event as a backdrop, think Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor. In this film the ship was just as much a character as anyone.

I love how the film begins in the 90s with Old Rose beginning to tell the story of her time aboard the Titanic. This little bit of narration added a sense of realism, as this could be anyone’s story but also it bring the viewer back and makes them realize that the ship does sink in the end so this won’t have a good ending.

Of all the scenes in this film the one that touched me the most was the scene where the ship was sinking and we see a montage of people prepared to die. No matter how many times I watch this I ALWAYS cry at the point when the old couple is shown, I’m a wreck by the time the mother is reading to her children. This scene taught me that sometimes you don’t have to say anything at all; show, don’t tell. Had they incorporated a line about the ship sinking at that moment it would have taken the viewer out of the film and would have ruined the emotion. Sometimes you have to let the viewer absorb what is happening and just let them feel rather then be told what to feel.

James Cameron is a master of showing not telling. There are so many scenes within this film where nobody says anything but the intention of the character is clear. For example one of my favourite scenes is the painting scene, it’s so beautifully shot with such amazing performances from Leo and Kate Winslet. Only a few lines are said here but for the most part it’s silent and you can see how Rose has changed, she is open and trusting and loving towards Jack, something she was never able to be for Cal.

James Cameron just happens to also be a master writer! The words he chooses for his characters astounds me. One scene in particular is when the ship is in the process of sinking and the women are getting escorted onto the life rafts. Rose says, “The water is freezing and there aren’t enough boats. Not enough by half. Half the people on this ship are going to die.” Cal retorts with, “Not the better half.” That one line shows everything wrong with Cal and everything Rose has come to hate about him. In that moment Rose realizes she can never be with anyone like Cal, she wants and needs Jack. Of course she doesn’t end up getting off the ship because she goes back for Jack.

I’d have to say Jack and Rose are two of my favourite characters ever written. I love that Rose is a strong woman and defies her own family for something she believes in. I love that Jack just lives his life carefree accomplishing his dreams and makes each moment count. When they come together we learn little bits about their past, Jack lived in Paris for a while and painted girls, Rose grew up as a debutante in America but did not want to return. However none of this was really important, what was important was their time on the ship. They could start anew, become the people they wanted to and never have to go back to the past. Obviously we needed to learn a little bit about their past to get how horrible it was for Rose and how desperately she wants Jack’s life but we don’t need great detail, the future is more important.

Although the film is rather long, clocking in at 194 minutes, it never feels that way for me. James Cameron has set up the arc of this film beautifully, the beginning being the introduction of characters and the meeting of Jack and Rose. The middle would be when Jack and Rose realize they love each other up until the point where the ship hits an iceberg. The final act of the film would be where the ship is in the process of sinking and madness ensues. There really is a clear distinction from the beginning, middle, and end. Even the cinematography changes, the beginning is bright and happy the ending is dark and glum, but of course the last shot brings back the bright and happy visuals. The last scene of the film took me a while to understand. As a kid I never understood what was happening, I thought she was dreaming about Jack. I’ll never forget the day I was watching Titanic in my basement alone and it hit me SHE DIED! SHE’S IN HEAVEN WITH JACK! I think I cried for a good hour after that, such a beautiful ending, so bittersweet! Rose finally made it to the stairs to be with Jack; exactly what would have happened had the ship not sunk.

I’m a complete and totally masochist when it comes to my favourite characters, I love drama and I love seeing them in pain. The death of Jack, although it kills me every time, is actually perfect. The film would have ended too happy had he lived, his death just added that little bit of heartbreak because although you’re happy because she did go on to lead the life she wanted she didn’t get to do so with the man who saved her. Titanic really is the most beautiful yet heartbreaking movie…… I’m going to go watch it….again.

Film Review Blog 1: P.S I Love You

For my first film review blog I chose to watch “P.S I Love You”. The film was released in 2007 based on the book by Cecelia Ahern the screenplay was written by Richard LaGravenese and Steven Rogers and directed by Richard LaGravenese. I would say the genre is a romantic dramedy since it does have very dramatic parts, which had me crying but also had scenes, which had me in stitches. The film takes place in modern day New York City and follows Holly, played by Hilary Swank, she’s a 29-year-old married woman who is lost in life, she has no idea what she wants from her future all she knows is her life isn’t what she wanted. The only thing she has that is exactly what she wanted is her husband Gerry, played by Gerard Butler. Her life is completely changed when Gerry dies of a brain tumor leaving her completely alone with no one to guide her through life.

When the film as first released I really didn’t care to see it, like I would have if someone had lent to me but I wasn’t going to go out of my way for it. Two of my favourite actors are in the film, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and James Marsters, but I’m not particularly a fan of Hilary Swank. However, Alicia said this movie was AMAZING and she ALWAYS cried, as many people know I’m a sucker for romances, particularly ones where people die cough Titanic cough, so I thought I’d borrow it from Alicia and give it a shot.

I was actually pleasantly surprised by the film, going in knowing Gerry will die sort of makes the first scene bittersweet and although a funny cute opening the entire time I was thinking,” they are so in love and he’s going to die!” Following Holly’s experience and growth through this difficult time was very intriguing because we see her go through the various stages of grief. The moment she gets her first letter from Gerry was so beautiful, having him sort of tell her what to do and narrate to the audience what is happening, proved to be an interesting yet affective way to show what was happening.

The entire film there was this character Daniel, played by Harry Connick Jr, who liked Holly but was socially awkward. I found his character weird yet endearing, you sort of rooted for him but at the same time you know Holly isn’t ready yet. By the end of the film I thought it was evident that the two were going to end up together. However in an interesting and original twist once they kiss they both realize they can’t be more then friends, it’s just awkward. As far as romance films go they always seem to end with the lead in love with someone new, I enjoyed how this film broke that trend and chose to show her not focusing on love but her career. She manages to make a very good new friend and get her feet back under her all the while accomplishing her dreams. The scene where Holly and Daniel kiss is probably the one scene that taught me something about storytelling; you don’t need to stick to conventions.

Some of my favourite scenes in this film are the three weeks after Gerry’s death, when Holly is grieving, those scenes are some of the saddest yet funniest in the entire film! I enjoyed how the film moved forward but there was very little dialogue, we could see how Holly hasn’t moved on because she is making two cups of coffee and placing one on Gerry’s urn, or wearing his clothes. It was heartbreaking yet all the while you knew someone was going to have to help her at some point because she was slowly becoming crazy.

The most heartbreaking thing about this film are the letter scenes with Gerry. His words touch Holly so much it’s as if he is still present. After his last letter she goes to Daniel and it is here they realize they can only be friends. She is hugging Daniel and begins to cry saying, “It’s been a year. I don’t feel him anymore. I feel he’s gone. He’s really gone!” With that one line the viewer knows Holly is finally ready to move on with her life, she is not held back by her grief anymore, the worst has past.

This film could have been set up where we see Gerry and Holly’s life together and then we see Holly’s life post-death. Instead the film is set up where each letter brings about a memory for Holly so we see their life together throughout the entire film, as if Gerry is constantly present. This was an interesting way to get their relationship across and give the viewer an emotional connection to them. It also helped to explain why Holly has taken Gerry’s death so hard; they were completely and irrevocably in love.

The film did a very good job of pacing each letter and pacing Holly’s grieving process. The three act structure would work as follows: First act ends when Holly receives the first letter, second act ends when Holly realizes she wants to be a shoe designer and the rest of the film is the third act. Upon completion of the second act Holly has finally found something she wants to do with her life and doesn’t really need Gerry’s letters anymore, she can finally be alone and be ok.

Overall I did enjoy this film, I was expecting it to be predictable but it completely thwarted my expectations in the end. Having Holly not end up with anyone seemed to be the perfect route for her character, this film wasn’t about her falling in love again it was about her learning how to survive when love dies. A lot of films tend to tell people that all you need to do is fall back in love again and you’re ok but that’s not very realistic. I loved the fact that the message of this film is get back on your feet, find yourself and then maybe you’ll be ready for love but don’t rush it. As far as romance films goes this is a keeper in my books.

 

p.s I Love….haha just kidding :p but I did love it : )

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