Definitely a keeper, maybe a bit mushy and preachy.
It had been sometime since i last saw this movie. And now, after watching it i get the same old upbeat feeling again . A well written and delicately intertwined set of occurrences foretold, the movie doesn’t shy away from presenting the downright practical and optimistic nuances of love in life.
William Hayes is a tumbling political consultant, going through a divorce and father of a very curious and high spirited 11 year old daughter Maya. The movie starts when Maya asks him how he met his wife and about his past relationships with women. From then on, a simple and well woven narration by the father hooks the little girl. On the note that she has to figure out who her mother is, among the three women his story revolves around. The three relationships take him through various phases of life and make him confront his ambitions, feelings and choices one has to face within them. In the course of his story, he transforms from his boyish self with dreams, to a man who has faced the ordeals and has made difficult resolves between his love and career. The movie winds when the optimism of his child, drives him to tie up the loose ends with the woman he really loved.
Likes and Dislikes
The best part about the movie is its light hearted and yet strangely profound way of showcasing love. The movie slyly hooks up. The intricacies in the different relations with different people are spot on. The changes a vibrant energetic atmosphere instills in people are well scored. The moving on in life, changes in demeanor a person undergoes over time, choices between relationships and career are very pragmatic in the movie. Ryan Reynolds fits the lead very well. Rachel Weisz in her intellectual lady looks, Isla fisher as the girly one and Elizabeth Banks as the girl next door have been very well chosen for the kind of characters they play.
At times it gets boring with all relationships, profession, love & life seem to keep foul-play and entertaining factors off the screen. Unnecessary emotions at times can be a kill. Cheesy lines in a few places, unrelated rants, mushy instances and self-preaching could be avoided. Background score although lively seems dull at times and doesn’t connect. Although the movie has a good outlook despite of several minor flaws.
Whats my Point ?
Definitely a good watch. One of the best romantic dramas out there without too much of fantasy. Easily understandable and optimistic, It’ll be some time before I watch it again but it won’t be the last.
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