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Genre: Romance / Actors: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess / Director: Lone Scherfig / DVD Release Date: 2012

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      16.03.2014 22:10
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      It was ok, but I'm in no rush to watch it again. A forgettable film

      I remember this film coming out in 2011 and getting panned at the time. I read the book and quite enjoyed it, so when the film was on TV last week I recorded it.

      Cast
      Emma - Anne Hathaway
      Dexter - Jim Sturgess
      Sylvie - Romala Garai
      Ian - Rafe Spall

      Director - Lone Scherfig
      Running time - 108 minutes
      Based on the novel by David Nicholls

      Plot
      This film follows Emma and Dexter, two students who meet on the night of graduation. What happens is an ongoing will they, won't they love story, wondering if the pair of them will get together. The thing that makes this film a bit different is that we see them on the same date every year - the date they met, July 2015. It's really easy to pick up and we see both of them as they grow up, live in different places around the world, meet other people but still end up getting drawn back to each other.

      The good - This film is very sweet, Anne Hathaway is a delight as usual and the film follows the text quite faithfully. Hathaway has lovely hair.

      The bad - I didn't feel this worked as well in a film as it did as a book. The film was a bit boring to be honest. It felt like a long time to get anywhere, and then the last half an hour was really good. To be honest I kept getting a bit fed up and found myself checking facebook on my phone.

      Anne Hathaway was lovely, but she didn't quite get the accent right. Her character is supposed to be from Yorkshire. She could do the British accent pretty well, but every now and again she'd remember she was supposed to be a Yorkshire lass and she'd give it a go but it didn't quite work. Hathaway was also that 'pretty-ugly' they use in films, she was obviously supposed to be a bit bookish and awkward but obviously she's a complete stunner so she looked like a character in an American high school film who becomes the swan when they change clothes and take their glasses off.

      There is a bit of a twist in this film, but having read the book I knew it was coming so it lost the impact on me. It was a sweet little film but it was a bit boring for the first hour, and it was fairly forgettable. I finished the film mainly thinking I'd like to look like Anne Hathaway and have her lovely hair, which probably isn't what the director had in mind!

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        24.02.2013 22:14
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        The day is the 15th of July, a date that for Dexter and Emma will always be an important and poignant date.

        One Day is a really beautiful love story that focuses on the lives of these two characters, from their first meeting in 1988 through to 2008, 20 years in the making. It's actually based on the best selling book by David Nicholls. Usually I read the book first but this time I've only seen the movie so I can't comment on which one I like best although I do really like the way they have developed these characters over the years and the actors they got to play them.

        To quote, the film synopsis is as such, "After one day together - July 15th, 1988, their university graduation - Emma Morley (Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess, The Way Back, 21) begin a friendship that will last a lifetime. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground.

        For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dex and Em through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself."

        Anne Hathaway plays Emma and I think she did a really good job. She's got a really good English accent in the film which I think perhaps slipped once or twice in the film. She's a beautiful girl but manages to look quite dowdy and plain in the film but I think that's what this character needed to be. Jim Sturgess does really well as Dex. I've never seen him in anything before but you manage to love him then hate him then love him again all in a short space of time.

        I won't give the ending away but I think this film really does remind you to cherish life, love and friendships and is one I would definitely watch again.

        The DVD has quite a few special features such as looking at the story between Emma and Dex and how each actor transformed their character. The DVD was released in 2012, has a rating of 12 and runs for approximately 108 minutes.

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        25.09.2012 09:28
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        4 stars

        Not one to really watching romantic films, I do occasionally give in and try one. Especially one that doesn't seem stereotypical. I had heard good things about One Day and as I quite like Anne Hathaway, I decided to give it a try one afternoon when I noticed it on Sky Movies.

        The film follows Emma and Dexter, two graduates, who try to fall into bed together at the very beginning, but it just doesn't happen. Emma is an out and out geek and doesn't seem to know how to react to the very confident Dexter. They decide to become firm friends instead and so the film begins. Filmed on the same day each year, we see a snap shot of each characters life on July 15th (St Swithans Day) each year starting in 1988. Emma is introduced to us as a fairly complex woman who wants for a simple yet successful life but hasn't achieved anything. An intelligent woman with a hand for poetry, Emma finds herself waitressing in a Mexican restaurant instead. Meanwhile Dexter who doesn't seemingly have a talent for anything, finds himself becoming rich and famous as a television presenter, and adored by many woman, which he duley takes advantage of. As each character grows, it appears that their friendship disappears as Emma openly admits she doesn't like who he has become, and Dexter admits that Emma is wasting her life away. It is interesting to guess what they will be up to on the following year, and each year after that.

        My own thoughts about the film are generally very positive. I really did enjoy it and would happily recommend it. As I am so difficult to please with films of this genre, I would guess that it is probably even better than I realised but I am being picky. I had a few niggles throughout the film, including Anne Hathaways bizarre accent that changed dramatically from beginning to end. Also, I find that in general in films/books in this genre, it is quite easy to guess the outcome. In this instance that is also true, however it is how the film journeys to the conclusion that makes it interesting. I found that the ultimate ending, which I assume is supposed to be shocking, was also easy to guess. I could see it coming from a mile off, however I always seem to guess the endings of films, much to the annoyance of most people I know! The film will openly make you laugh, smile, and cringe occasionally! Some may cry, some may be able to comprehend what each character is going through as they follow each other in love, while each character enters a new relationship.

        The film doesn't give you time to be bored as each year keeps the pace of the film moving along nicely. Some years are shorter than others, depending on if anything is really going on on that day of that particular year. I did wonder how the characters would age during the 20 years of the film. The filmmakers decided to simply turn Anne Hathaway from a complete geek in her early twenties to a sleek sophisticated woman later in life, whereas with Jim Sturgess they greyed his hair which I couldn't stop staring at in the ending of the film as you know it isn't real, it looked unreal. A difficult thing to do in a film, I will give it to the filmmakers that they approached this aspect of the film well.

        Based on the book by David Nicholls, it was extremely successful in paper copy so it is no surprise to me that the film is loved by so many. I'm not usually a fan of films like this, but even more so in book version, I just can't read women's literature for some reason, so unfortunately I cannot make comparisons from the book to the film. I have found several glowing reviews online of the book including this one: 'One Day is a wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad. It's also, with its subtly political focus on changing habits and mores, the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe's What A Carve Up.' - John O'Connell, The Times. My own personal thoughts on film adaptations are to read the book first so if you enjoy womens literature, read the book, then watch the film.

        Sturgess and Hathaway were perfect for the film, and gelled well together on screen. Both characters are likeable and you believe them and their feelings for one another.

        An enjoyable and recommended film.

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          13.09.2012 12:25
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          A moving film

          This film is based on the book of the same name by David Nicholls. I hadn't actually come across the book before but after hearing rave reviews of the film I decided to read the book first and then watch the film because I hate seeing a film wishing I had read the book first as I hate reading it afterwards as I already know the ending! So I read the book earlier this year and decided to wait for the film to be shown on sky movies as I couldn't really afford the DVD. The film is currently being shown on sky movies premiere and I watched it a couple of days ago. As I watched this on TV this is a film only review.

          ==Dexter and Emma.....thrown together and then torn apart?==
          The film begins in the late 1980s. It is a university graduation and the graduates are celebrating with lashings of alcohol. A geeky looking girl with big round glasses and frizzy hair is waiting uncomfortably for her best friend who currently has her tongue down a boys throat, his friend introduces himself as Dexter and she angrily snaps back that they have already met and he had ruined her birthday party.

          A few hours on the girl, Emma is back at her house...with Dexter. Turns out that they actually get on like a house on fire and things are quickly progressing. Emma slips out to the bathroom and when she returns he is leaving. She is embarrassed as is he. In the end he stays but things are awkward. The following day it is time for Dexter to return home with his parents, the pair vow to keep in touch, but will they?

          We then see what the pair are up to on the same day every year. Life seems to be panning out very differently for the two with Emma working full time as a waitress in a cheap Mexican restaurant and Dexter setting off around the world, meeting many new people and experiencing very different things. Despite this, the pair do their best to keep in touch and retain their friendship.

          ==Are Dexter and Emma worth meeting?==
          I had extremely high expectations of this film for two reasons. The first was that I very much enjoyed the book, especially after I felt it get going and secondly after so many rave reviews I was expecting it to be a strong film. The first quarter of an hour or so left me feeling a little let down. Emma and Dexter just weren't how I had imagined in appearance, I know everyones interpretation of literature is different and therefore the actors are not going to match everyones perceptions but I think it just took me a little while to get used to this being Dexter and Emma!

          Despite this, the actors playing the lead roles left me confident that the film would be of a high standard. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess are both big Hollywood names and I was certain it would be a strong adaptation for them both to put their names to it.

          As the film follows the pair over almost 20 years I found it to be fast paced and full of different events. Of course each year is not given the same amount of screen time as the others because it depends on what has been going on with the pair and how much the audience need to catch up with. However because we were just seeing the pair on one day every year I felt that there was plenty to see and to keep my attention.

          I enjoyed watching how Dexter and Emma changed over the years and what they were doing with their lives. The pair remained rather different in personality with Dexter being loud, brash, care-free and living life to the full whilst Emma quiet, studious and sensible. I liked both characters but think that out of the two Emma was probably my favourite simply because Dexter could be very selfish at times.

          The acting in the film was first class and after I'd got over Dexter and Emma looking nothing like I'd imagined I found it very simple to see the actors as their characters and thought both really got into their characters well and developed extremely strong characters.

          I felt that the film flowed well and it was fun and fast paced throughout. It seemed as though it was over as soon as it began which, for me is very rare! The ending was done superbly and although I knew the ending I found myself watching in anticipation.

          ==Dexter and Emma on paper or disc?==
          I felt that this film was a very strong adaptation of the book. The plot remained true to the book throughout and I didn't find myself thinking important parts had been left out or watching extended scenes that were not in the book.

          I enjoyed both the book and film immensely. Both the book and film took a little while for me to get into but once they got going they were both very enjoyable. I would recommend both but if you are interested in both I would recommend reading the book first.

          ==Additional Information==
          The film was released in 2011.
          It stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.
          It is rated a 12.
          It runs for 107 minutes.
          David Nicholls wrote both the screenplay and the book it is based on.

          ==Summary==
          A strong film about love, loss, friendship and the transition to adulthood. A very enjoyable film that I would certainly watch again and recommend to anyone that thinks it would be worth a watch.

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            15.05.2012 22:50
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            Great girlie film!

            This is a review of the 2011 film 'One Day' which I watched recently, having enjoyed the book I decided I would like to watch the film.

            Plot
            The book begins in 1988 with two characters, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) graduating from University and forming a friendship on that final day that will stretch over the years. They remember the day they met each day 15th July as it is St Swithin's day. The pair keep in touch over the years as the film swiftly moves over a decade, plotting the rise and fall of their careers and love lives. It has that 'will they, won't they' get together theme throughout and you find yourself hoping that they will get together despite the failings of each character.

            Characters
            Emma is a swot and a geek and is played very well by Anne Hathaway, who has very bad hair in the 80s and then it gets a lot better in the 90s, finally getting quite an elegant elfin look in 2000 when she moves to Paris. Enough about her hair! Her accent next, meant to be Yorkshire just comes and goes, some words sound really deep and then it just goes neutral English again. I suppose I pick up on this more being from Yorkshire myself.

            Emma loves Dex, you can tell. She writes him essays of letters and makes him mixed tapes and is concerned about his wellbeing. She ends up in a dead end relationship for a few years, with a work colleague who knows he is playing second fiddle in her affections for Dex but he jokes about it to keep his chin up. Actually, the person who plays Ian her boyfriend (Rafe Spall) looks appalling in the film with terrible curly hair but on IMDB he is lovely looking! His character really reminds me of Lou from Little Britain's Lou n Andy team. You just sit there thinking for both their sakes their relationship needs to end soon, especially when Emma walks in on Ian sat on the toilet (door open) and he asks her if she's seen the matches!

            Dexter is a loveable rogue character and at first his posh voice and character reminded me of a young Hugh Grant and he was a bit of a twit whilst at University. One of those that everything just seems to land in their laps... Dex becomes a young and trendy TV presenter after travelling the world and you can see he is struggling. Emma is always there for him to pick up the pieces until she realises that it's all take and no give. I found Dex's look to be more attractive as he hit the 90s scenes. It's all in the hair styling I think! Dex uses drink and drugs to block out the things in the world which upset him, like his mother dying of cancer. He causes his father a fair amount of heartbreak along the way but his mother forgives all as he is the apple of her eye.

            My thoughts
            An enjoyable film which stayed fairly close to the book in my opinion. I thought the two main characters were perfectly casted and I also enjoyed some of the music that accompanied the film. I'm not going to spoil it for everyone in what actually happens as you'll need to watch it yourself to find out!

            Final word
            I enjoyed the film, and although I love watching films, I don't usually review them as I worry that I won't do them justice or will leave something out or even worse, tell you too much. This was one of those films that I happily watched, surprised myself about how much of the book I had remembered and it left me with a satisfied glow. I would definitely recommend it to people who enjoyed films like Bridget Jones as it is a comedic romance really if I had to give it a genre. Bit surprised this only got 6.7 out of 10 on IMDB as it ticked all the boxes for me.

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              05.05.2012 16:59
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              I would recommend this movie

              The Film One Day was originally written as a book by the author David Nicholls. Many of my friends had mentioned that they had read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I personally haven't read the book, so this review is simply on the film itself.

              Having heard all of the good reviews about the book I decided to buy the film. I am a massive fan of romantic movies, so with the intriguing title and captivating image pictured on the front of the DVD, I had a feeling that the movie would be right up my street.

              I won't go into detail about the story line as I wouldn't want to ruin the film for anybody. However, what I will say is that the film is very easy to follow and definitely not predictable in some senses!, in other words, there is a twist.

              The basic storyline is that of two university students who meet on their graduation day and although they are both besotted with each other, they both hide this but remain best friends. The film tells a story of their life on the day that they met, each year after, which I thought was nice as you can see how they are both changing and progressing with their lives.

              Be prepared to laugh and cry with this film, I would recommend watching.

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                27.02.2012 22:00
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                Boy and girl start friendship that carries on for the rest of their lives

                Around the time that One Day came out in cinemas, I felt like everyone was talking about it, though, considering I go to an all girl's high school, that's not entirely surprising. Many of my friends had read the book and told me that it was absolutely incredible and I had to read it. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to read it before watching the film so I can't tell you how close to the novel the film is; however, the general consesus among my friends -and most women - is that the film does not do the book justice. The first time I watched One Day I thought it was absolutely brilliant. I was blown away by the intensely moving story and found myself leaving the cinema in floods of tears. I thought to myself, if the film doesn't do the book justice then that must be one hell of a book. However, I think I may have been swept up in the moment because when I got home and really analysed the film, I realised that it wasn't that great.

                One Day is a romantic love story about two people, who meet after their graduation and become friends for life. She is a working-class girl with morals and high ambitions and he is a wealthy boy determined to live life to the fullest - and by that I mean, have the most fun possible without a care in the world. Over the next twenty years we see the key July 15ths of their lives - sometimes they're together, sometimes they're not, but they're always thinking about one another. They have a long and ardous relationship but they eventually realise that what they've been looking for has been standing right in front of them all along and they learn the meaning of life and love. But is it too late?

                Anne Hathaway plays the protagonist, Emma Morley, and whilst she did seem to suit the role, her acting wasn't what it could've been. I've always held Anne Hathaway in high esteem, but unfortunately, she did not deliver in One Day. For starters, her accent was absolutely atrocious. To be fair, I didn't notice this the first time I watched it, but after rewatching several scenes I realised that her accent was different in each and every one and so I finally clocked that Anne Hathaway is incapable of doing a British accent. I found this quite surprising as she seems like the sort of actress who'd be really good at any role of any nationality, but apparently I was wrong.

                Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess), is one of those characters you'll either fall in love with, or want to strangle. I fell in love with him, whilst my friend sitting next to me was quite close to killing herself every time he opened his mouth. His accent is very posh-boy-British so I suppose it all depends on personal taste as to whether or not you like that sort of thing. Towards the middle of the movie his character was incredibly annoying but you come back round to him nearer the end of the movie. I think Sturgess is actually fairly good with his portrayal of Dexter as he's supposed to be a bit of a douche who can't express his feelings and I'm not sure if he pulls this off because he's really good at acting, or really bad.

                Having never read the book before, the ending was actually quite a shocker for me. I literally had no idea what was coming until it happened - tears ensued. I was pretty sure that I had had the story lined sussed from the very beginning and nothing could've prepared me for the true ending. I think those who haven't read the book will like this film a lot more than those who have, not only because you won't realise that Anne Hathaway is indeed supposed to have a Yorkshire accent (I had to google this) and you won't be able to predict the end (or the middle) of this tale.

                One Day is probably going to be one of those films you're either going to love or hate. If you've read the book, there's likely to be a much greater chance of you hating it considering the book is supposedly a million times better. If you can put up with Anne Hathaway's atrocious accent and you've got a box of tissues at the ready then I would recommend One Day, if only to give yourself a kick up the backside and realise that love won't come easy.

                OUT ON DVD NOW.

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                  16.02.2012 22:39
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                  Heartbreakingly brilliant

                  One Day is the 2011 film based on the number one bestselling book of the same name by David Nicholls.

                  The film has a running time of 1hr 43mins and has a 12 certificate. Directed by Lone Scherfig.
                  Cast include Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

                  One Day tells the story of Emma Morley (Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Sturgees). On July 15th 1988 the pair meet on the night of their graduation. They spend the night together, but just as friends. Little did they know their friendship would last a lifetime.

                  The film follows 20 years of there lives, each time we see them on the same date July 15th. We follow them through relationships and career choices, good times and bad, new lives and deaths. But will fate ever allow them to be together?

                  Before watching this film I hadn't paid much attention to what was being said about it. I picked the film up on Valentines day as it looked like a nice romantic film for myself and husband to watch on valentine's evening. Little did I know I would fall in love with it. The negative things I have heard about since watching it are largely due to the fact it doesn't have the same effect as the book. I hadn't read the book so I was looking at it purely from a film point of view. Therefore I would say I though it was excellent.

                  The story covers some amazing relationships and deals with some tough issues, including alcoholism, death, cancer, and divorce. The relationship between Emma and Dexter is a tale of not ever seeming to realise that what you really want and need is each other. People fall in love with their best friends all the time, yet it always seems to take a while.
                  It isn't just the relationship between Emma and Dexter that is largely featured in the film, Dexters relationship with his mother and father is beautifully portrayed. Another relationship that is dealt with in the film is the relationship of a father and daughter where the father is no longer with the mother and going through a tough time, we get to see how these circumstances change the way his daughter sees him. This is something that happens so often yet most people never get to see the effects it has.

                  It also looks at fame and how success can sometimes go to one's head and lead them into a downward spiral, including drugs and alcohol. We get to see this downward spiral and eventually how fame is ripped away, and a new path must be taken. This is something so common in this day and age as people struggle to come to terms with their 15 minutes being over.

                  I've never seem Jim Strugess in anything before an although Anne Hathaway was good in this film, it was Strugess performances throughout that really won me over on this film. From year to year we really see his character go through some major changes. Its sometimes hard to even tell its the same actor who is in later years than in the early ones. Not just because of the way he looked but the fantastic change in attitude and presence. Credit must go out to the style/costume/make up teams on this film as Strugess was almost unrecognizable from one year to the next. It also helps that he gets more handsome as the years go by. I just didn't feel that Anne Hathaway's character evolved as much in the film as Strugess. This is perhaps just down to the story.

                  The only negative I have on the film is that some of the years just seemed to roll passed on screen in just a few short minutes. It was more than likely due to the fact there were a lot of years to squeeze into a film. I however was just left wanting to know more , not just in the years that went by quickly but I wanted more detail overall. This has me wanting to read the book and is now on my wish list.

                  Overall I though it was a great film, a bit of a chick flick but one worth seeing. It was heartbreaking yet beautiful. It dealt with alot of serious issues with a beautiful quality, and there are even some laughs thrown in there along the way. The film was perfect for what I bought it for and would highly recommend it for a cosy night in. Just be prepared to cry.

                  Finally if you are one for special features there are a whole load on the Dvd.
                  Which include:
                  Deleted scenes
                  Em and Dex
                  Through the Years
                  Anne Hathaway;Bringing Emma to Life
                  The look of one day
                  and feature commentary with the director.

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                  13.02.2012 14:42
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                  Don't be put off reading the book, because of the film.

                  One Day (Film review only)

                  ---------- Introduction ----------
                  Recently, I decided to rent the film 'One Day'. The film is based on a book by David Nicholls. Both my mum, and my sister have read the book and told me it was fantastic, however I don't really have enough time for reading at the moment, so I decided to give the film a go instead.

                  ---------- Storyline ----------
                  The film is about two people. Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess), who meet after graduating university. The film follows their lives for the next 20 years, showing the ups and downs of their relationship.

                  I know most of you will probably be sat there thinking, that was a short outline of the storyline, but seriously, there isn't much else that happens! - (I'll talk more about this later)

                  ---------- The Actors/Actresses ----------
                  Jim Sturgess is really good in this film, his character is totally believable, and I warmed to him almost straight away. I feel sorry for him when he has his bad moments in life, and I feel happy when he is happy! He fitted the part of Dexter perfectly.

                  Anne Hathaway, well I don't really know what to say to be honest! I think she was a good actress, however, I just didn't warm to her, I just didn't think she fitted the part of Emma that well. Also I spent most of the film concentrating on her Yorkshire accent, which changed every now and then. (However I don't blame her, a Yorkshire accent is quite hard.)

                  ---------- What I liked ----------
                  - I'm a massive fan of films about love, and so this film sounded great to me. I liked some of the moment of the film, like when they go skinny dipping, and the night they first meet. There are some lovely moments in the film.

                  - I also obviously liked Jim Sturgess, as I've already said

                  - .And I liked the idea of showing two peoples relationship for the next 20 years.

                  ---------- What I disliked ----------
                  - Emma, I just didn't warm to her that much, honestly I found her a tad annoying at times.

                  - Also, I feel that not enough happened in the film, I know most people who have seen the film will be sat here thinking, how can you say that! But I just felt although dramatic moment happened in the film, I still didn't feel there was much of a storyline, and because there wasn't much point to the story, I got bored.


                  ---------- Overall ----------
                  Overall, I wasn't a massive fan of this film, I liked it at moments, however I felt there wasn't much point to the story. My sister also watched the film, and she felt that the book was better. However everyone has different opinions, my mum watched the film, and she said she loved it. So there you go, I guess it's like marmite, some people warm to it, others don't!

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                    If you loved the book, avoid this

                    One Day is a 2011 film based on the novel of the same name. Both novel and screenplay were written by David Nicholls.

                    I have read the novel twice, having bought it when it was first released in 2009. I really enjoyed the novel, and while generally films don't seem to live up to the book, I decided to watch this as I was curious as to how the characters and plot would come across on the big screen.

                    The story is about friends Emma (down to earth Yorkshire-woman) and Dexter (rich, privileged womaniser and partier), who meet at Edinburgh University on St. Swithin's Day, 1988. Each chapter of the novel describes this date over the next 20 or so years. As the years go on, we see Emma and Dexter's friendship develop and break, their relationships with other people, and their family and work problems; and all the while you are left wondering when and if they will finally get together.

                    THE GOOD
                    * I enjoyed Jim Sturgess' performance as Dexter - he really looked and sounded the way I had imagined the character to, and some of his acting towards the end of the film was very good. He had to go from cut glass English accent to cockney, which to my uneducated ears sounded flawless... and accents are a big thing in this film (more about that when I'm talking about the bad points!) I thought he got the character spot on.

                    * As the film spans over 20 years, the characters need to have been shown to age, and this too was done very well. The ageing of the characters looked very natural and believeable.

                    * The settings in some scenes, such as the London restaurant where Emma and Dexter's friendship falls apart; Dexter's parent's house; and the scene where Dexter meets his parents on holiday came across exactly as I'd had them in my head when I was reading the book.

                    * Rafe Spall's performance as Emma's boyfriend Ian was also very similar to what I had imagined.

                    * Something very major happens to Emma's character near the end. When I read the book I was shocked, and I can't even imagine how shocked cinema audiences were when they saw this scene if they did not have any prior knowledge of what happened.

                    THE BAD
                    * I loved how each chapter of the novel was a different year. I thought it really worked; however I found that keeping to the same format made the film drag at times. Parts in the middle of the film seemed to just plod along, before picking up pace again towards the end.

                    * Emma just wasn't how I imagined her to be in the novel. In the novel she is portrayed as rather plain, but passionate about eg. human rights. In the film she came across, I thought, as a bit of a stick in the mud. While Dexter came across as a very multi-layered, flawed character, I felt that we never really got to know Emma in the film. This may be down to...

                    * ...Anne Hathaway. I just did not buy her as Emma. I know that they probably had to hire a big name actress to get the film some exposure, but I really do not believe she was the best choice for the role. Emma is from Yorkshire, yet her accent goes from generic Home Counties, via the outskirts of Yorkshire, and even up to Scotland at times. I appreciate that a Yorkshire accent must be something difficult to emulate for an NY-born actress, but it really distracted/annoyed me at times.

                    OVERALL
                    One Day is an easy watch. Yet again it's a film that I probably would have enjoyed more if I had never read the novel. While (as I said above) some scenes are spot on as to what I imagined, Anne Hathaway just ruined this for me. If this had just been Dexter's story I would have enjoyed it a lot more, as Jim Sturgess really portrayed that character well.

                    I wouldn't recommend this film, but I wouldn't NOT recommend it either. If you have a couple of hours to kill and you want something that doesn't tax your brain, then go for it.

                    ...OR, use those free hours to go out and buy the book instead.

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                      Could be a lot better!

                      While I had quite enjoyed the book of one day, I felt it was quite let down in some places but I liked the concept of following a couple on the same day over 20 years and quite liked Emma and Dex as characters, because of the 20 years structure they were quite well developed by then. However the end really annoyed me. I decided to watch the film to see how they would handle converting this book into the big screen!

                      Emma and Dex meet at university on St Swithins Day when they are graduating, they had never really encountered each other until that point. They are then swept into an epic and complicated relationship that spans 20 years, there are certainly feelings and complications there but will they ever develop and be given a chance? It seems as though fate is always in the way, in addition to the nature of the two characters; Dex is a serial womaniser which puts Emma off him a lot, while Emma is very bookish and afraid to follow her dreams at times.

                      I didn't really feel like this concept worked as a film compared to how it went as a book. There was a lot of description and dialogue in each day in the book, yet in the film because of time restraints the majority of the days were only around the 2 or 3 minute mark. I really didn't feel like this was long enough to tell the story at all, and we didn't get the character development that happened in the book because they are changing so fast; a lot of the background story that is explained in the book is also gone. While I felt that Dex really fit the role, I wasn't entirely sure on Anne Hathaway for the role of Emma, she seemed a bit too pretty and the accent was pretty off! However, the film did have its good points and it was a decent enough chick flick. It wasn't all bad since I did still end up shedding a few tears at the end!

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