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August 2, 2014

Movie Review: Letters To Juliet

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgraves, and Christopher Egan
Directed by: Gary Winick

BLURB: In Verona, Italy the beautiful city where Romeo first met Juliet there is a place where the heartbroken leave notes asking Juliet for her help. It’s there that aspiring writer Sophie finds a 50-year-old letter that will change her life forever. As she sets off on a romantic journey of the heart with the letter's author, Claire, now a grandmother, and her handsome grandson, all three will discover that sometimes the greatest love story ever told is your own.

REVIEW:  Sophie Hall is a vibrant young woman who dreams of becoming a writer and travels to Italy with her fiancé on a pre-honeymoon. While there however it seems that her fiancé is much more interested in work than he is romance. He is bombarded with work contacts for the restaurant that he plans to open soon and drags Sophie to see vineyards, cheese merchants, etc. When her fiancé decides to go and see a local truffle merchant Sophie decides to let him go and that she will take in some of the sites she wants to see while he looks at edible fungus.

She strikes out her own and happens upon the famous House of Juliet in Verona the fabled house of the heroine and co-titled main character of Shakespeare’s famous Romeo and Juliet. She learns that women from all over the world travel there daily to leave letters to Juliet on the wall about the problems with their love lives. Sophie is completely fascinated and when she notices a woman collecting the letters late that evening after all the other women have left, she can’t help herself and follows her to see what she does with all the letters left to Juliet. It so happens that a small group of women meet everyday and take it upon themselves to answer each and every letter themselves. They consider themselves Juliet’s secretaries or helpers. They ask if Sophie would like to help them answer some of the letters and she longing to be a writer jumps at the chance. She returns the next day and while helping to retrieve the new letters left for Juliet she accidentally knocks a brick loose from the wall and finds a letter that had been placed there and overlooked for over fifty years. Sophie takes a chance and answers the letter from 1957 and little did she know just how much her letter of encouragement would shake things up!

Within a week an elderly woman named Claire arrives in Verona and looks up Sophie stating that she is the woman who wrote the letter 53 years ago wondering what she should do about the young Italian man that she had met and fell in love with. Claire who is now a widow tells her that her letter meant so much to her and inspired her to grab the chance that she didn’t take so long ago and to try to find her lost love Lorenzo. Claire hasn’t arrived alone however she is accompanied by her young and very uptight grandson Charlie who is anything but happy about this little love adventure that his grandmother has set out on. He thinks it is insane and is afraid that it will lead to heartache if they can’t find Lorenzo or worse yet that they find him and he’s dead after all these years. But Sophie and Claire hit it off famously and are both upbeat and hopeful that they can indeed find Claire’s lost love and before long the three of them are off on an whirlwind search to find the man that stole Claire’s heart so long ago. Will they find Lorenzo? Will Claire finally find her happily ever after after so many years? Will Sophie find the answer to her dreams along the way as well? Or like Juliet from the famous love story is heartache around the corner one or all of them?

You don’t want to miss this little gem of a movie. I actually put this one off for a long time thinking it might be too cheesy and fluffy but I’m sorry I did. The movie is light hearted in many ways but that in this case is a very good thing! There is also a much deeper message about the true meaning and spirit of love that you don’t find in to many films. Add that along with some great acting by both Vanessa Redgraves (who was phenomenal I thought) and Amanda Seyfried and you have a true keeper that you will want to watch again with the one you love!

It’s one of those movies that after the final credits role you still find yourself smiling. It’s a feel good love story that the whole family can enjoy together, and that is not something you can find to often!

Just a few kisses nothing steamy and some mild language and rude behavior.
This one truly can be seen by the whole family without much worry at all. 


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