Directed by Lone Scherfig
“After one day together – July 15th, 1988, their college graduation – Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess) begin a friendship that lasts a lifetime. She’s a working-class girl who dreams of making the world a better place. He’s a wealthy charmer who thinks the world is his playground. Somewhere over the next two decades, these two very different people realize that the love they’ve been hoping for has been there for them all along. Directed by Lone Scherfig (‘An Education’) and based on the bestselling novel by David Nicholls.”
“One Day” is rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity, language, some violence and substance abuse.
Then the movie takes a dramatic, dark, and shocking turn. It comes out of nowhere and turns the film from a light romantic comedy to a dark tear jerker. Unless you’re on board for that shift in tone, then, like with me, the story will lose you. It pretty much ruined the movie for me.
I wasn’t sure about Anne Hathaway’s British accent at first, but I eventually got over it. She has pretty good chemistry with Jim Sturgess as Dexter. And the way they aged the two twenty years through the film was pretty impressive (though they really needed a few more pounds). Hathaway has proven herself capable of playing the ugly duckling before and she does so here again.
I can’t say if fans of the book will be happy with this, but I can say if there are fans of romantic tearjerkers out there, then “One Day” should please them. Fans of Anne Hathaway should be pleased, too. But if you’re looking for lighter fare, I recommend you pass on this one.
The bonus features on this Blu-ray are surprisingly light. Each of the three are less than 5 minutes long. They’re like online promotional videos, not real insights into the making of the film. You’ll also find some deleted scenes and a commentary by the director.