Thursday, 8 September 2011
In One Day, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess appear to be headed for a one night stand to celebrate their graduation. Sturgess seems to have been unaware of Hathaway's existence whilst she has been a silent admirer and only too aware of him. In her eagerness to develop a relationship, a nervous Hathaway stumbles in her efforts to please. The self absorbed Sturgess meanwhile is deflected time and again by the person who concerns him most; himself.
Not the most promising basis for a relationship but as this story asserts they become best pals and we see where their relationship is at each year on the fifteenth of July; the anniversary of their graduation night near-miss.
The story relies on plenty of artificial constructs allowing all nature of important events to coincide with that date and some of the plot's twists and turns are predictable. I've seen it all before.
Individually Hathaway and Sturgess are both attractive and they play their parts well. However Hathaway struggles with her English accent and even Sturgess's accent seems uneven; which is surprising given that he is English! Personally, I'd quite happily share my bed with Sturgess once a year even though his character is such a wastrel. He is very easy on the eye.
This is 'chick flick' stuff. It's OK but I have seen better.