SPOILER ALERT: Key elements of the plot will be discussed in a satirical way that discusses the badness in a non negative way.
Lovers of the book/film can sum this up as the redemption of a smirking/selfish man at the hands of a decent/patient woman.
However, for me this film can be summed up by an annoyed look. I watched this movie with my girlfriend Megan and co-writer John. 30 minutes into the film I looked over and John’s face was a mixture of annoyance and disbelief. I’ve watched many bad movies with John and I’ve never seen an annoyed look like that.
I wasn’t surprised by the look. The reason I rented the film was because the trailer was laughable. It features the Movie Voice Guy doing a booming narration while the two English people live unhappily for twenty years.
I figured the movie would be cheeky bad. However, it becomes “bad bad” because the two characters are so unlikable. Jim Sturgess constantly smirks and acts drugged. Also, in an attempt to make Hathaway less attractive they had her wearing circular glasses that made her look like Harry Potter’s muggle sister. The two spend twenty years in a love/hate friendship in which many hairstyles are explored.
The director and screenwriter went out of their way to make us not like Sturgess. I don’t blame Sturgess. I blame the director for allowing him to be so terrible. His mom has cancer and he won’t spend time with her. He is a Lothario. He is the worst talk show host ever (according to the British press in the movie). Hathaway doesn’t get better treatment. She is in a relationship with a nice/sponge of a man who really cared for her. Hathaway makes it a loveless relationship for years and pushes the poor guy into alcohol and depression….Even when she dumps him he is kind to her and encourages her writing (a fact he only knew about that day).
Eventually, Jim gets divorced and he FINALLY gets together with Anne. They become happy and she gets crushed by a runaway bus.
Sidenote: John called the scene before it happened. Hathaway was riding her bike looking happy and John yelled out “City of Angels!”……then smoosh. I still don’t get the reference but I understood what he was getting at.
Don’t watch One Day. Watch Serendipity. It takes them a while to get together but at least you like John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale