Morning folks! I saw a few films this week so thought I’d post some some reviews as well as another segment to my Kubrick Season. Firstly, I saw One Day this week. I’d read the book earlier this year - and cried like an absolute child.
Like most people, I’m quite wary of film adaptions of books and am usually quite right. Books usually feel like they are made for cinema but really they are very difficult to translate. What you can read on the page cannot always be put onto screen. There is often beauty in that, what could take pages of explanation on page could be a mere look on the screen. However, when we read, we tend to know what the characters are thinking as well as feeling and this does not always work on screen.
One Day translates reasonably well. David Nicholls clearly thought of this for the screen and there are certain moments that work perfectly. The problem lies, though, in the bond between the two characters. Through the earlier years when we really find out about their relationship, in the film it just feels rather episodic. Understandably, they could not have everything in the book within the movie, but this seems to hinder the relationship. That being said, the story really does shift into gear in Paris.
I have read several reviews online putting the issues of the film down to the acting but I have to disagree. Although Anne Hatheway’s somewhat wooden performance as the slightly uncomfortable Emma Morley is quite odd, let’s remember that Emma is meant to be wooden, if not cold at points and very much uncomfortable. What is difficult to grasp within that side of her is made up in the fact that when she is at her best she is clearly and unconditionally charming, enchanting and enigmatic.
Jim Sturgess’ Dexter is a whole different beast. Whereas in the book we are meant to hate to love him, I simply did not care for him until after they are married and well, you know the rest. That is when you truly care and sympathise. Yes, he is charming and forward but there is simply not enough time to understand the character and so he appears rather one dimensional.
The film itself is well put together and shot, edited and directed well. It feels slightly episodic but realistically, so does the book. The real story does not kick in until Paris, but along with the story is also the waterworks.