- Actors: Amanda Seyfried, Gael García Bernal, Gary Winick
- Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby
- Language: English, Spanish
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 2
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- Studio: Summit Entertainment
- Run Time: 105.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- ASIN: B002ZG988W
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,909 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Letters To Juliet [Blu-ray + DVD]
Letters to Juliet succeeds in being just what it's meant to be, a feel-good romantic comedy about love lost and love found, in which love triumphs in the face of cynicism. Inspired by the book of the same name, and filmed against the beautiful backdrop of Verona, Italy, the movie tells the story of how troubled young women seek advice from Shakespeare's Juliet by leaving letters tacked to a wall, where they are carefully answered by Juliet's self-appointed "secretaries." One such note is found 50 years later by Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a young American woman who is soon to be married and who yearns to become a writer. Her heartfelt answer to the letter serves as a catalyst for an epic romantic journey that will span continents and generations. The success of the film lies in the powerful interaction between the wistfully romantic and fully mature author of the letter, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave); the romantically idealistic Sophie; and Claire's overly pragmatic, downright cynical grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan), who grudgingly accompanies his grandmother on what he deems an insane quest to Verona to find her long lost love, Lorenzo. The filmmakers, writers, and actors all capitalize well on the comic possibilities of the situation, and there are more than a few good chuckles to be had at the absurdity of the interactions between these three very different characters, as they experience everything from hope and longing to disappointment and unexpected fulfillment. In the end, each character grows and changes profoundly as a result of their shared journey. Sure, the events portrayed in the film are highly unrealistic, but that doesn't change the fact that the film speaks to that innermost part of us all that, despite all logic, makes us want to believe that true love really does exist and that it just might triumph in the end. --Tami Horiuchi --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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This has all the makings of a charming chick flick, telling an idealistic love story in a stunningly beautiful place. Verona and the Tuscan countryside are so gorgeous, I was ready to pack my bags and go. Seyfried makes a likable enough heroine; unfortunately she's paired with wooden Christopher Eagan who lacks depth, looks too young, and is a total cheeseball. The movie is saved by Vanessa Redgrave as the woman who wrote the letter decades ago. She's classy, confidant, and flawless and doesn't look like she's acting. Her reunited lost love is played wonderfully by Franco Nero who commands the screen even though his part is small. (Their obvious chemistry is for real; they were in love in the sixties, parted, and only recently reunited and married - good plot for a movie!)
It's a shame the story has such a Disney fairy tale-feel to it. One knows immediately everything that will happen and how it will end. It was too unbelievable and silly for me, although I think younger people would adore the movie. Recommended for those who love picturesque Italy.
Plain and simple, an amusing 90 minute romp away from reality, filled with ridiculous plot lines, nonsensical delusions, and in short everything love is supposedly full of... that is why you should watch these things, you want to be in love for the price of a rental, ticket, etc.
All that being said is "Letters to Juliet" guilty of all these things. Well yes if you suspend your believe. First off, no one writes real letters anymore, no one writes letters that are in your hand, traveled to find you and came to your door with the "hope" of being a great letter!
That is the real premise of this story.
The fact that we get Amanda Seyfried (back to her romantic leading roots since debuting in Mama Mia) and the immortal Vanessa Redgrave as the female leads should tell you something. One is the classic beauty all women aspire to, the other is the latest in a long line of ditsy blonde protagonists Hollywood thinks all women seem to identify with... I'm not sure what actress would have made her part more believable, Seyfried is always likable, but do you fall "in love" with her? No, you want her to fall in love with the predictable leading man, she starts the movie off hating.
My one caveat is the balcony scene, which I suppose had to be in something with Juliet in the title. But one minute she's running, the next minute she appears from a balcony? Is she Spiderman? Okay I know, if I'm suspending my belief, her balcony climbing powers should be included...
As I was saying, the real star here is Vanessa Redgrave. The fact that she falls for her real life husband Franco Nero is just perfect. They were perfect in Camelot, and here they are again, only it seems more real, because the story mimics their true life one. Vanessa and Franco both fell in love in their youth, went their separate ways, had families and marriages, but like the parts they play here, "found each other again". The look she gives or he gives when their characters finally meet, it's worth the price of admission.
And really that's why I watch these things, for that one great moment, that is undeniably sappy, hokey, saccharine, and or romantic. I don't expect to find true love after 50 years, not that I'm personally searching, the moment you start searching for allegory in a romantic comedy, is the moment you are gonna be disappointed with it when the film stops rolling.
I mean did people leave "When Harry Met Sally", thinking true love is found from that obnoxious guy you knew in college? Is "Sleepless in Seattle" a metaphor for widowers with precocious kids who should call into radio shows? These are movies, the best we can hope for is that in case of romantic emergency, you break the seal on the DVD case, and escape for a bit.
Of course LTJ should be a part of your Italian Love trifecta with Under the Tuscan Sun and Only You. Watch this for it's Doris Day like quality, they didn't break the mold here, but it has it's moments. Also her obnoxious fiancee's accent is awesome to mimic, "yeah yeah, win win"