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Film Review – Love, Rosie

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Love, Rosie endeavours to answer the prevailing question of whether boy-girl friendships can remain platonic. Answer? No.

Love, Rosie tells the charming story of childhood best friends Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) and their journey to self-discovery and love. Using the typical rom-com formula, the film is not without its ups and downs – an unexpected pregnancy, funerals, respective weddings, sudden interruptions and missed opportunities – Rosie and Alex seem to ride a humorously, unceasing cycle of missed chances that span over decades.

Rosie’s leads originated from sci-fi/dystopian young adult franchises; Collins starred in 2013’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones whilst Claflin joined The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in the same year. Almost like their destined characters, both were bound to star opposite one another in a different genre. As a result, Collins and Claflin join to create engaging and adorable chemistry, as well as giving sound performances separately.

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Based on Cecilia Ahern’s novel Where Rainbows End, Rosie succumbs to romantic comedy cliches that generates a flat narrative on screen. Director Christian Ditter attempts to insert life into the film with solid comedic dialogue, however, the storyline fails to make Love, Rosie a memorable rom-com such as the likes of Love, Actually. Nonetheless, with this year’s mediocre romantic comedy releases, Love, Rosie manages to entertain and charm viewers with its loveable and witty characters.

Love, Rosie delightfully explores the age-old tale of whether boy-girl friendships can remain platonic, and whether if feelings do exist, should they, at the risk of ruining the friendship, be explored. Rosie and Alex voyage through trails and tribulations – romance, career and family – to get a shot at true love; and as an audience, viewers are charmed into wishing that the two inevitably end up together.

An endearing romance drama with solid performances from leads Collins and Claflin, Love, Rosie is definite watch for teenaged girls suffering from this year’s romance filmic drought, refreshingly sweet from the year’s high-octane action blockbusters.

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