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Romance from beyond the grave
P.S. I Love You (DVD)
Member Name: mattconnect
P.S. I Love You (DVD)
Advantages: Touching, Lisa Kudrow is funny
Disadvantages: Neither here nor there with the message
I first heard of this film when my sister said she wanted to see it, so I watched it once then and recently it premiered on TV, so decided to watch it again. This film is based on the book of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. I have not read the book so cannot compare the two or comment on how well it was adapted, but undoubtedly the book will almost certainly be better.
The DVD cover features Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank looking very much in love, which is rather misleading as this isn't the typical rom com. There are some deep and dark undertones that make this more of a romantic drama. Still, this cover will sell more than if it was of a crying Hilary Swank so...
~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
Holly (Hilary Swank) and Gerry (Gerald Butler) are very much in love but when Gerry dies of a brain tumour, Holly is left devastated and finds it difficult dealing with her loss. On her 30th birthday, she receives a cake from Gerry which starts her on a journey of self discovery, prepared for her by Gerry before he died.
Periodically, Holly will receive a letter from Gerry with instructions; Gerry brings her to do things she wouldn't do before or wasn't brave enough to do before. Through these letters, Holly discovers regrets but finds comfort in his words and strength in order to move on.
I thought the whole premise was very romantic and it would be great if the letters could continue forever, but of course it had to end. I'm glad that it did, as it follows a realistic nature. In this way, many people can relate to the characters and the story and perhaps seek comfort in the ending.
The ending was dealt with quite well as it opens up the doors for a new life, giving out a message of hope and possibility. There is to be great comfort and encouragement to be found from this movie and overall it was definitely enjoyably, though not the typical movie you'd go and see. Feel good factor high.
Hilary Swank- Holly
Gerald Butler- Gerry
Lisa Kudrow- Denise
Kathy Bates- Patricia
I thought Gerald Butler was very good (looked good too) and Hilary Swank tried her best. I didn't think she was the best in this role. Whilst she does carry some Holly characteristics such as being a strong, independent woman, someone such as Jennifer Garner may have suited the role more- but either way she did well.
Lisa Kudrow was a pleasant surprise- she definitely brought her "phoebe" character to this role and manages to be the funny one here. Some great laugh out loud moments from her.
The DVD can be purchased for under £5 in store and online.
I enjoyed the movie but probably wouldn't watch it again for a while. Like I said, it is enjoyable but does contain deep themes which isn't one that is made for entertaining or for cheering up. I guess it is one that makes you think sometimes and if you can relate to the characters, perhaps it will bring comfort and encouragement.
Summary: The book is surely better than this