Here at the BMAF, we enjoy the books of Cecelia Ahern and our favourite book of hers was PS, I Love You. Sadly, we were really disappointed by the movie adaptation which starred Oscar Winner Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, we’re not sure why as it was fairly faithful to the book.
Because of this, we held off on seeing Love Rosie, based on her 2nd novel, Where Rainbows End. If we were honest, it was our least favourite of the books Cecelia has written so far.
A chance sighting of the DVD in a charity shop, for just 99p felt that it was worth a watch and we had nothing to lose.
In the lead roles, Starring as Rosie, Possibly best known for her role in The Mortal Instruments movie, is Lily Collins & as the love interest Alex, from the Hunger Games, Sam Claflin.
We are pleased to report that we actually preferred the movie to the book on this occasion, possibly because the book ended with them being both quite old, where as the film got them together a lot younger (Sorry for that, but we don’t think in this sort of film that can be classed as a spoiler)
The thing to take from both is the message that if you see an opportunity, you should take it. Rosie and Alex have been friends, pretty much since they were born. Whilst out on Rosie’s 18th Birthday, they kiss, but Rosie immediately throws up, due to too many drinks.
Rosie, the next day tells Alex she wants to forget the whole night, not remembering the kiss, but of course Alex thinks she does and doesn’t tell her how he feels.
They continue to not tell each other how they feel, further missed chances occur, one of these times is not going to prom together. As friends, they had both made plans prior to go to New York as friends, but not being lovers, Rosie goes to prom with another man and ends up getting pregnant!
She doesn’t tell Alex, as she initially plans to give the baby up for adoption, those plans change when she becomes attached to the baby after her birth. She then chooses to stay back in the UK, yet again this is another mistake as Alex is clearly upset when he finds out about the baby from someone else.
We then see them continue to make poor romance choices, to the extent they both even get married to completely unsuitable partners.
Things do not even go smoothly when after a tragic loss for Rosie. After a funeral, Alex posts a letter pouring his heart out, only for the letter to not make its destination and he again feels he has been spurned, with Rosie happy with her current choices.
It is a testament to the 2 leads, that you are willing for the two to get together, to the extent you’ll probably want to shout ‘tell Her/Him at either of them’
With some fine support from the rest of the cast, if you are looking for a film to watch for your date night, or even if you just like the RomCom genre, you could do a lot worse than give Love Rosie a watch.
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