Tuesday, June 1, 2010

In Review......Letters To Juliet

"'What' and ‘if’ .....two words as nonthreatening as words come. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: ‘What if?'..."

I will say, predictable. But yet I watched.....and waited to see each scene unfold anyway. Sometimes I'm in the mood for movies like this, where you are reminded time and again, that "true love does not have an expiration date". I'm rarely moved to tears while watching a romantic movie. This is not because I'm not a lover of romance, quite the opposite actually. And maybe tonight I was in acceptance mode, I don't know. But destiny.....that word seemed to be flashing above that movie screen in neon lights. Do I believe in destiny? I do, but I also think your choices combined with circumstances play a huge role in the outcome. Fate may lend you a hand, but you have to play the hand. If you fold, well......fate tried, right?
For myself, there is no way I can watch a movie like this and not think about my own choices along the way. I'm a girl, come on. =)
Sophie, played by Amanda Seyfried, finds herself in Italy on what could be a honeymoon, yet she isn't married yet. In a fictional lover's Verona courtyard, she finds a fifty year old unanswered letter to "Juliet" behind a brick in a wall of hundreds of them. Because she has already made friends with a group of women who call themselves "Juliets Secretaries" she decides to answer this particular letter herself. That's what these women do, they collect the letters that are placed on that brick wall, where people have visited in droves each day, and answer them, one.by.one. I SO want that job. You're answering someone's question of, "I love, what do I do?" I don't know if I would always have the right answer for them. But I know I would enjoy trying to find it.
The kind of relationship Sophie has with her fiance, Victor (Gael Garcia Bernal) becomes apparent immediately. At least it did for me. It reminded me of something I said to a friend once, and this is not my own quote mind you. "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference". (Elie Wiesel)
I know movie reviews usually tell the entire story, but I don't want to do that here.

Sophie replies to Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) the writer of the letter she found: (excerpt)
"I don't know how your story ended. But I know that if what you felt then was love - true love - then
it's never too late. If it was true then it why wouldn't it be true now? You need only the courage to
follow your heart..."

And so it goes. The quest to find Claire's true love. Fifty years after she walked away from him without explanation. If you like this kind of story, you're going to love this movie like I did. Don't go in thinking you already have it figured out though....

See you soon. If there is any way we can have an Italian breakfast I think we should. Google Italia!


pickles said...

Tiffany, you ARE a romantic at heart and that's a GREAT thing! I do think indifference is the killer. Sad to think we treat those closest to us so shabbily sometimes becuase we know they'll always be there.. Maybe not tho. Maybe not. Indifference is a two way street! Go figure...someone indifferent to ME...whoda thought?

Tiffany said...

Sigh. My secret is out isn't it? I love romance. I could live on it, eat it for breakfast instead of eggs. =) Indifference is a painful thing, I don't care for it much. True love has no expiration date, right? Thanks for stopping by.....(if this isn't Kelly I have no idea who you are but I really appreciate your comment) LOL

Sara said...

I want to see this even more now! You should watch Dear John sometime...I'm now in love with Channing Tatum. But I still love Noah of course...

Tiffany said...

Definitely see it. I did see Dear John unless I'm confusing it with something else (lol) and uh yah *swoon* Channing Tatum. But you're right, he's no Noah. *sigh =)

Serenity said...

Ahhhh, Noah. Channing Tatum. I actually have a major crush on Shane West too a la Landon Carter in Walk to Remember. I can't wait to see this one. I've heard predictable attached to it several times. But the fact that things are going to turn out all right in the end? THIS IS WHY I WATCH. I heard it said this way once in regard to writing stories - you've got to give us an exciting ride as we wonder will-they-or-won't-they, even though we know they will.

Tiffany said...

Landon Carter has pretty eyes, and that gets me every.single.time. You're right Seren, I call that the "tug and pull" of the reader/movie watcher. To keep my interest there has to be a tide in there, ebbing and flowing. If it stands still I get bored and my thoughts start wandering to other things. (LOVE A Walk to Remember)