Excerpt: It seems like there are only a handful of careers open to the female of romantic comedies: writer, editor, fashion designer, maybe a songwriter or painter. Sometimes. It's because the movies these characters appear in are fantasies, which is fine as far as it goes, but it also usually means the stories they appear in have been designed to work as vehicles for a fantasy, not as a workable narrative.
Excerpt: You know that whole “Men Are from Mars, Women are From Venus” thing? That’s Letters to Juliet . It has nothing to do with the difference between men and women in terms of plotting or story, but how it will split the opposing sexes right down the middle. Women will see this an endearing love story, showing there is no doubt true love will always be found despite time, distance, and place. It’s meant to be, and it will happen, but you have to go for it.
Summary: I came into this movie with a negative attitude, because it was after all, a romantic comedy. I dreaded putting the movie in, but this gal is glad she did. I was pleasantly surprised to find just a feel good kinda sappy movie. It wasn’t filled head to toe with all its sappiness. It was just all around kinda nice. The funny parts were actually funny.
Excerpt: Forgive me if this sounds petty, but I've got a big problem with the fundamental premise at the heart of Letters to Juliet . Namely, who on earth would ask Shakespeare's Juliet for romantic advice? She's a girl who killed herself at the age of 13 over a boy she'd known for a matter of weeks-- her story is a cautionary tale of all the ways that love can go wrong .
Excerpt: For four Euros, visitors to fair Verona—where Letters To Juliet lays its scene—can visit a house called La Casa Di Giulietta, said to have inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet . True, said inspiration exists entirely in the mind of whoever first thought to add a balcony to a medieval inn in 1936 and start charging admission, but that doesn’t stop tourists from showing up and indulging the manufactured tradition of rubbing the breast of a Juliet statue for luck and...
Conclusion: Letters to Juliet is a movie that's about as sweet and well-meaning as movies like this come, and its underlying elements that get to the very heart of just what love is and the power it holds over those who have both experienced it and long for it far supersedes the various plot superficialities and transparencies.
Excerpt: The ingredients of "Letters to Juliet" contain more romance than comedy and are less than fresh. Some will find it easy to be swept away by the beautiful landscapes of Verona, and their hearts will be warmed. The more cynical types will be less than entertained, as their patience and minds are tested along with the casts', with very little to do.