Letters to Juliet
Directed by Gary Winick
available on Amazon Prime
Sophie (Amanada Seyfried) is stuck as a fact checker at a New York magazine when she really wants to be a journalist. Her fiance, Victor (Gael Garcia Bernal) is planning to open a retstaurant and they decide to take their honeymoon to Verona, Italy before the wedding because the restaurant opening will prohibit it. Travelling together to Verona, they realize their vast differences and passions that lead them apart instead of closer together. Sophie, discovers finds her journalistic storyline that may be her big break in Juliet’s wall.
The story is straight forward and feels predictible. However, the romance of Italy, Romeo & Juliet, and letters kept me wanting more. Sophie’s naivety, Victor’s obliviousness, and Claire’s (Vanessa Redgrave) desire pulled me deeper into the story than they should have. I left the film wanting to travel to Verona and meet Juliet’s secretaries – if they even exist.
This is very much a chick-flick. It is cheesy. However, it will leave you wanting to fall in love. To fully enjoy it, I recommend watching it with a glass of red wine.
IMDB gave it an 6.3 out of 10. I am leaning more toward a 8.