Review: Love, Rosie
Released by Lionsgate on 18 December 2014
Length: 1h 42m
Source: Seen online
Cast: Sam Claflin, Lily Collins, Christian Cooke, Jaime Winstone, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton, Lorcan Cranitch, Ger Ryan.
Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn't possibly be right for one another...or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.
Two days ago, I reviewed the book Where Rainbows End. Today, I’ll be reviewing the movie adaptation, named Love, Rosie. I decided to watch the movie almost immediately after finishing the book, because that was the actual reason I decided to read the book in the first place.
Naturally, Love, Rosie, tells the same story as the book – Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart who are best friends and are separated from each other. Only this time, it’s over a shorter period of time. While the book took over forty years to end, the movie took only twelve years for the story to conclude. For me, that was perfect, because the length of the book’s story was one of the main reasons I didn’t enjoy it that much.
I know bookish people don’t like hearing these words, but I am going to say them: the movie was better than the book, in my opinion. Not much better, I mean it was still cliché (‘prove’ that a guy and a girl cannot be best friends, even though I personally think that that is bullshit and you can be best friends with a guy without falling for him or vice versa). But yeah, they were both enjoyable, but the movie was just a tad better.
There were a lot of differences, characters that were never introduced, storylines that never happened, etc. etc. Some of the most important characters were there – like Rosie’s parents, Betthany, Sally, Ruby and of course Katie (Rosie’s daughter). Out of these, I liked Ruby the best. She was portrayed a bit younger than I imagined, I guess she may have been five years older than Rosie. They also didn’t meet at their job at the paperclip company, but rather at an apothecary that Ruby’s parents owned.
I did miss the siblings a bit, though. In the book, Rosie had an older sister – Stephanie – who was replaced by another younger brother in the movie. Alex’s older brother Phil had been given to Sally and Alex had a younger sister instead. Instead of going with his parents, Alex went to Boston alone. I could go on and on about the differences between the book and the movie, but then we’d probably be here all night.
As for the actors, I really liked most of the cast. The only person I just wasn’t very sure about was Lily Collins as Rosie. I don’t know why, but I just don’t like her that much. I watched City of Bones, and maybe that’s what ruined her for me. View Spoiler »Also – and I sincerely apologise for this – I can’t stand her eyebrows. Honestly, I just keep getting distracted by them every time she’s on the screen, and I just can’t help but be… annoyed – I guess – by them. I now I’m not one to talk as I don’t ‘do’ my eyebrows either, but hers are just more there if you know what I mean. « Hide Spoiler
Other than that, I really liked the casting. I loved Sam as Alex, and Ruby was amazing too (her hair <3). Yes this cast was chosen very brilliantly and it really made the movie even better than I had expected.
So yes, I dare say it again, this movie was better than the book. They were enjoyable, both in their own way, but this movie was just way more up my alley, much more fast-paced, than the book was. If you are not sure which to pick – the movie or the book – I suggest you go and see the movie first (if you’re not a huge contemporary fan, like me). Then, if you really want to know more about Rosie and Alex and their families, you should just pick up the book! I promise you, it’s a quick and easy read!
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Have you read the book, or seen the movie, or both? Which one do you prefer?