Flash Movie Review: Letters to Juliet

It could happen at a business meeting, a party, or even at the grocery store; when you see an older version of someone you were in love with years ago. For me it happened at a holiday party. I had seen them across the room. It was obvious they were a happy couple, but I could still remember each happy event when it was me standing there and not him. I do not have the answers on the how and why it did not work out; the timing was not right, I was not mature enough, they easily could be one of many reasons why it did not last. But I wonder, if we had the opportunity to see a past love, how many of us would want to seek them out? Claire, played by Vanessa Redgrave (Anonymous, Coriolanus), was fortunate to have such an opportunity in this romantic comedy. Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!) and Gael Garcia Bernal (No, Bad Education) played engaged couple Sophie and Victor. On a pre-honeymoon trip to Verona Italy, Sophie stumbled upon a group of women known as the “Secretaries of Juliet.” They were entrusted with the job of answering letters left by lovelorn individuals seeking advice from Juliet Capulet aka Romeo and Juliet. Asked to join them, Sophie answered a recently found letter that Claire had written back in 1957. When Claire showed up with her grandson Charlie, played by Christopher Egan (Eragon, Resident Evil: Extinction); Sophie joined them on their search to find the love of Claire’s life from decades ago. Though there were no surprises in this movie, it was beautiful seeing the countryside of Italy. There was nothing offensive or rude in this film nor did it have any foul language. Vanessa’s acting never goes bad; however, it showed the other actors were not as convincing as she was with her character. Overall there was nothing great or bad about the movie, perfectly suited for viewing on a lazy day. I will say if I had the opportunity to meet a past love, even if the relationship had ended badly, I would absolutely go if it meant going to Italy.


2 1/4 stars — DVD

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Posted on April 23, 2013, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. For me it came at a reading with a local Medium. Yes I know, but that is not why I was having a reading. I must be the only person in the world who went to a Medium for something other that to make contact with a dead loved one (that happened as well) during the reading a woman spoke and it turned out that she was one of my VERY early girlfriends. I remember her very well (although I cannot remember her name!) She was a little older than I, and a lot more experienced. I liked her a lot but it was all a bit too much for my younger inexperienced self, so we parted before we really got started.
    If you think that running into an old love across a crowed room is heavy, try running into one after they have passed away……….. intense but really cool at the same time. She actually had good things to say about me even though I didn’t know what day it was back then. I was very touched.

    • Terry, thank you so much for sharing your story. Have you considered expanding on it and see where you can go with it; I think I lot of people who love to hear more. Once again, thanks for stopping by to leave your story.

      • I was a little reluctant to leave the comment; you never know how people are going to take such things. But, you have given me confidence to write a fuller version. Thank you for the spark.
        I love the way you do your reviews.
        I am a huge movie fan with a mammoth collection but generally speaking I find reviews a bit predictable. Your stuff on the other hand is well written and insightful but that is not all that brings me back. I like the way you ‘personalise’ the beginning of each review.
        May you be wildly successful and in the meantime I’ll be here enjoying your entertaining and succinct style.

  2. I really liked this movie. My wife loves it. 🙂

  3. Looks like a pleasant way to idle away some time.

  4. The plot is light and fun. It’s one of the best choices to watch on DVD nights with friends. The places showed in this movie are to die for, super beautiful!
    Anyway, do you happen to know who sings the “quando, quando, quando” song played in the scene where all of the three main characters were in the car?

    • I agree with you, the scenes were filmed in some beautiful places. The title of the song is “Quando, Quando, Quando” performed by Laura or Lisa Jane and Chris Mann. Thanks for leaving your comments.

  5. I saw the movie while it was still playing on cable. I enjoyed it! In fact, just watching the trailer made me cry. I guess it still means a lot to me! True love prevails!? Yes, the scenery is beautiful. It brought me back to when I traveled through the Tuscany area.
    Right, no surprises, just a nice, feel good movie !

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