Film Review: ‘Love, Rosie’ starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin

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LOVE, ROSIE centres on Rosie and her best friend Alex who take a leap of faith, both on life and on each other, when they decide to go to the US together to attend university. But fate has other plans for Rosie. Over the next 12 years their lives change dramatically but the connection remains.

This film sees Lily Collins and Sam Claflin play best friends in the book to film adaptation of Cecelia Ahern novel, Where Rainbows End. Starting off from around 7 years old (I think) we see them grow up and become attracted to each other. Even though they both obviously have feelings for each other, they never get the timing right to cross the friendship line into something much deeper.

In this romantic comedy both Alex and Rosie plan on moving to Boston, USA to go to college together but destiny leads them on very different paths.

Over the 12 years of their lives we see them both in some pretty terrible relationships, one move to another continent, hidden pregnancies, bondage gone wrong and a very awkward trip to the hospital.

This film will make you laugh a lot, and possibly cringe a bit too, but what rom-com doesn’t? Lily’s and Sam’s chemistry is perfect together however Lily’s English accent took me out of the moment a few times at the start. Maybe it’s because I am not use to hearing her in that accent, but after a bit into the film I soon got use to it and didn’t notice it as much. But her acting in the film really makes up for it and makes you feel like you are also her best friend, she is gorgeous, charismatic and at some points goofy which fits perfectly with Sam Claflin’s funny, charming and witty character.

One other thing that I think didn’t work 100% is that it was hard to always tell how much time had past. I think usually with films that run over a very very long time we usually see them as quite young, and then very obviously older. But with Love, Rosie it is a gradual process so it is difficult at moments to try to work out exactly how long it has been since the characters last spoke.

The film is beautiful and I think anyone who is a fan of Lily’s, Sam’s or Cecelia Ahern’s will love this film. I would definitely recommend it and hope you enjoy it. It is quite predicable at moments, but does have a few surprises up its sleeve that will keep you interested and always rooting for them to get together.

3.5 stars. Great for a girly night out or a perfect date film.

Official release date is Wednesday 22nd October 2014

LOVE, ROSIE stars: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke, Jaime Winstone, Suki Waterhouse and is directed by Christian Ditter

 

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