When a young American, Sophie, travels to Verona, Italy -- the romantic city where Romeo first met Juliet -- she meets a group of volunteers who responds to letters written to Juliet seeking advice about love. Sophie finds and responds to a letter that has been lost for 50 years, which inspires its author Claire to travel to ...more
When a young American, Sophie, travels to Verona, Italy -- the romantic city where Romeo first met Juliet -- she meets a group of volunteers who responds to letters written to Juliet seeking advice about love. Sophie finds and responds to a letter that has been lost for 50 years, which inspires its author Claire to travel to Italy to find her long-lost soul mate. Together, the two women embark on an adventure that will change their lives forever. less
“The usual mushy love story. If you're a fan, then go for it, otherwise give this Hollywood story with a Bollywood ending, a miss!”
"When we are speaking about L.O.V.E., its NEVER too late..." Yes, that's a fact, which this movie portrays beautifully. Shot in Italy, "Letters to Juliet" is a warm, endearing and enjoyable romcom. Though the movie is highly predictable but the way those predictions are shown onscreen, will leave a smile on your face. It entertains throughout and is a journey worth travelling.
Sophie Hall (Amanda Seyfried ), a fact checker for 'The New Yorker' magazine and her fiance Victor (Gael Garcia Bernal) plan a vacation to Verona for their 'Pre-Honeymoon'. Victor, a professional chef was planning to open an Italian restaurant in New York and due to that he rarely gets time for her even on a vacation. This leaves Sophie sight-seeing all alone in Verona, which does not turn out to be a bad experience. While looking over Verona, Sophie reaches "Juliet Wall", where numerous number of heartbroken women leave love-letters for Juliet Capulet asking for advice. She stays their till the whole process finishes to see what happens to those letters.
After the closing she finds a woman collecting those letters in a basket and due to her curiosity she starts following her. At the end of her chase she gets to meet the ladies who answer those letters and call them "Juliet's Secretaries". They invite Sophie to help them and from there on her longstanding dream of being a writer kick-starts. One day while helping, Sophie finds a crumpled letter written by Claire 50 years back. After reading that letter Sophie felt so touched that she ends up replying Claire.
In the very scene, you are introduced to Claire (Venessa Redgrave) and her grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan). They come to Verona in search of Claire's long lost first love Lorenzo and to accomplish their mission all three of them embark on a journey to hunt down Lorenzo Bartolini. Now comes the big question, Will they be able to find the 'RIGHT Lorenzo'? Well that will be answered when you will watch the movie but for now be ensured that youll have fun watching the entire process. Cinematography by Marco Pontecorvo is simply marvelous as he brilliantly captured the lushes of Verona and countryside.
By the end of this search 'Lorenzo road-trip', you will realize that people can actually go miles in search of their true love. You will discover that all Claire wants from Lorenzo is forgiveness for not being a coward and running away. The thought that 'Everything what's meant to happen will happen at the RIGHT time' helds true for this flick. The road-trip also marks a beginning of growing friendship between Sophie and Charlie & the way their love-story develops is pretty sweet to watch.
Undoubtedly, the story sounds like some bed-time story but one name 'Venessa Redgrave' is a savior. Her performance as an understanding, wise and open-minded granny is just remarkable. She will connect with you as an audience so beautifully that you will feel like being a part of this lovable movie. Amanda Seyfried is adorable and her chemistry with charming Christopher Egan didn't look that bad. Honestly, you will not find that spark between both of them but you will feel delighted. Oliver Pratt as Bobby (Sophie's Boss) doesnt have much scope in the movie but did a commendable job in that small bit itself. Gael Garcia Bernal did full justice to his role and don't forget to notice his Italian-a-English-a.
Nothing ground-breaking about the climax but the way its disclosed is appreciable!
Final Verdict: Vanessa Redgrave stole the show but is supported by some brilliant performances. Script of the movie is a big showdown but still you will walk out of the theatre rejuvenated especially if you believe in destiny & stuff like that.