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Love On An Irish Backdrop
P.S. I Love You (DVD)
Member Name: topsyturvy
P.S. I Love You (DVD)
Advantages: nice story
Disadvantages: bit cheesy, didn't relate to characters
I seem to have had no time do anything lately but if there's one thing I like it is to see a good film but getting time to see films is just not possible at the minute with all of my university work. One film which did come to my attention as of late was the film 'P.S I Love You' the reason being I had seen many posters for it and many mixed reviews on it which made me feel I had to decide myself. A few of my friends had read the book themselves and so had said it was a really good book but this again still didn't help me. One thing that put me off was the fact Hilary Swank was the main character as I don't really see her as the romantic comedy type. I had either heard this film had a lot of people crying as it was so sad like 'The Notebook' or it was just too soppy it was funny.
I got to the cinema and watched this for myself and have to say was unsure of my opinion. The film begins with Holly (Hilary Swank) and Gerry (Gerard Butler) having an argument, I have to say this beginning puts me off having any true sadness in the film as I feel why start off with a negative part of their relationship it was in no way touching. Anyway, it then moves on and we find out Gerry has died of a brain tumour and there is the funeral. Holly cannot get over this death as of course it is hard for her and she hates her job as well. It isn't until her birthday a cake arrives with a sound recording attached to it. It is a tape from Gerry telling Holly that she can expect some letters to arrive her way from him almost like a gift.
It seems unusual in some ways as how is she meant to get over him if he has this plan to send her letters which he had organised before he passed away. So the letters begin and certain things happen like he tells her to go out and have fun or he tells to do things to relive happy moments they had together. As the film plays on it does get better at first it seemed a bit boring and Gerry's Irish accent is terrible. We get to find out more about their relationship and the good times the two had together as we go on with these letters and their story seems a bit better making the watcher feel a bit more sad.
I won't really reveal too much more but what I will say of this film is that I don't understand how people could cry as I didn't think it that sad. I liked Gerry's character as it went on but I still couldn't find myself liking Holly as I felt she seemed to never look on the positive and seemed weak and couldn't get over Gerry's death. The other characters in the film mainly Denise (Lisa Kudrow) made the film for me as she had the funniest lines and although she will always be Phoebe from Friends to me she was a fun character who brought a few laughs to the plot. I also like the character of Daniel (Harry Connick Jr) he is in a similar situation to Holly as his wife has left him and he has a bit of a thing for Holly. His acting in this film is good and he is likeable I have seen him in Will & Grace, he still brings a bit of humour to the role but seems genuinely nice and I liked his role.
Hilary Swank was better than I thought she'd be in the role as she did it well but she wasn't relatable. She seemed quite old for this role and isn't really the kind of actress I'd have chosen. Gerard Butler was quite a good looking actor with charm but I didn't think he did a good accent. He did have a good on screen presence though but I think the reason I felt nothing much for this film was because I couldn't really pick up on any on screen chemistry, it didn't seem natural but forced and I couldn't really see a great romance here.
The film is one you have to persevere with but I still preferred 'The Notebook' as the love story in that was much more touching and heartfelt. This film is a modern day romance and I like the setting in Ireland and the journey developing through out the film but I still can't say I felt any real emotion. I at times wanted to give up on the film and thought although it had some good moments it wasn't amazing. I can see why it got a mixed review as a lot of people I know said they were bored while watching this and either fell asleep or were bored. Whereas some think it is the best film they've seen and were emotional while watching.
The film is still in cinemas now so if you want to see it you still can. It lasts approximately 126 minutes long and is a UK: 12A. The official website is here http://www.psiloveyoumovie.co.uk/ and you can also view the trailer here.