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One alright film!
One Day (DVD)
Member Name: elizabethcullen
One Day (DVD)
Advantages: Decent film
Disadvantages: Ending, Anne Hathaway, Structure
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!
Summary: Could be a lot better!