“I’m truly, madly, deeply, passionately in love with you”
I think I just died and went to heaven for a couple of minutes after hearing those words. *SIGH* I’m completely hopeless. Hurl those words to me, and I’ll buy it…well…. maybe, maybe not. Depending on who would say that to me. But if those are the words spoken in the movies, hooooyeahhhh, I’ll definitely melt into a puddle of goo and beyond.
Who would have thought? That the fiery, lunatic fairy who rant and rave most of the time have quite a heart for fluff and romantic movies? Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit. I’m a romance author and I married my first love, so get a clue already, will you? Romance authors are usually insane. Well, almost, I guess. I prefer to be known as eccentric.
Okay, most of you might be concern for my sanity by now. But fret not, I am still quite sane, and I’m talking about Letters To Juliet. Remember that movie I’ve talk about back then? I told you I was anticipating that movie like mad, and watched the trailer countless times, and this is it. I finally got to watch it online and was on cloud nine. I felt as if I’m in love again watching such a lighthearted summer romance movie.
I could have went and watch with my husband in the cinema if I want to. After all, it was released in Malaysia on 20th May 2010. It coincide with our 8th anniversary, but then again, I was too busy celebrating my real life romance to even consider going into the cinema for this movie. You know, you get the picture. The dimmed- lighted dinner in a quiet fancy restaurant… and the non-dinner in the dark. (Geez… it’s my anniversary, I don’t kiss or make out and tell, folks, so buzz off~!)
Anyway… back to letters to Juliet.
Below is the trailer for it:
And you can WATCH THE FULL MOVIE HERE
*SPOILER ALERT AHEAD, LEAVE IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS*
Letters to Juliet is about Sophie Hall. She is a fact checker at The New Yorker magazine who dreams of becoming a writer, but her boss, Bobby, does not share her dreams and ambitions.
Sophie’s fiancé, Victor, is about to open an Italian restaurant in downtown New York. To celebrate, the two go on a pre-honeymoon to Verona, Italy. Sadly for Sophie, Victor seems too preoccupied in finding the best wines and cheeses for his restaurant and hardly has time for her.
Sophie was annoyed, of course. Who wouldn’t? Pre-honeymoon is not supposed to be that way. To add cherry on top, Victor seems to be only interested in himself and what he does, and never listens to what Sophie have to say. Most of their conversation often ended up one-sided.
And while he is out one day, Sophie went sightseeing and comes across the house where Juliet Capulet supposedly lived and watches in awe as numerous people gather to write letters to Juliet about their loves and post them on Juliet’s wall. Sophie writes of this in her journal for a few hours and sits on a bench, waiting for closing time, to see what becomes of the letters.
A young Italian woman came to collect the letters, putting them all into a straw basket, and Sophie follows her to a restaurant where the woman meets with three other women, who reveal themselves to be ‘Juliet’s secretaries’, writing back to each of the letters she had collected earlier on.
The next day, Sophie helps Isabel, one of the secretaries, take the letters. A loose brick falls, revealing a crumpled old envelope. Sophie discovers it is a 1957 letter written by Claire, an English woman who while in Italy studying art, fell in love with Lorenzo Bartolini. When he asked her to elope with him, she did not show up. Feeling terrible with her decision she wrote to ‘Juliet’ about it and Sophie writes back to Claire.
A few days later, a young Englishman arrives. Charlie then reveals that because Sophie responded his grandmother is now here to find her love. When Sophie asks to meet Claire, Charlie says no, but Sophie follows him and is introduced to Claire who is more than happy to meet the ‘Juliet’ who wrote back to her.
Together, the three decide to embark on a journey to find all the Lorenzo Bartolinis near Siena, Italy where Claire says Lorenzo always enjoyed. The three meet many Lorenzo Bartolinis, but none of them seem to be the right one.
While traveling, Sophie and the grandmother and grandson learn about each other’s lives like that Charlie has an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t seen in a year, named Patricia, with Claire learning that Sophie’s mother abandoned her when she was nine and Sophie learning that Charlie’s parents died in a car crash when he was ten. Charlie, at first rude, is now attracted to her.
The three met many men named Lorenzo Bartolini, including one who has died. Seeing his grandmother cry, Charlie blames Sophie. Claire berates her grandson and tells him about Sophie’s mother, then she visits Sophie in her hotel room and comforts her. Charlie apologizes to Sophie who has gone out and laid down on the grass next to Charlie, and they kiss under the stars.
The next day, while driving back, Claire asks that they stop at a vineyard when she notices it is the vineyard that makes their favorite wine. There, she sees a young Italian man who looks exactly like Lorenzo.
Insisting it’s him, Sophie and Charlie went and ask him for his name, which he says is indeed Lorenzo Bartolini. Deciding it must be Lorenzo’s grandson, they ask to speak to the young man’s father, whose name is also Lorenzo. The middle-aged man says his elderly father is also Lorenzo Bartolini, and he was out riding his horse.
Charlie urges his grandmother to see if it’s the right Lorenzo, but Claire decides she doesn’t want to. Just then, the elder Lorenzo and it is revealed that he is indeed Claire’s long-lost love. The two was then reunited.
Lorenzo introduces the three to his family. Later, Sophie leaves to go back to Verona to find Victor. Claire tells Charlie not to wait fifty years before he discovers there is only one girl he loves. Charlie races after her bu he saw her hugging Victor, and so he left.
Back in New York, Sophie presents a story to her boss identical to Claire’s tale, and he tells her he is going to publish it. Excited, she rushes home. The next day at work, she gets an invitation to Claire and Lorenzo’s wedding.
She then breaks up with Victor at the kitchen of his Italian restaurant because she doesn’t love him anymore and goes to the wedding. At the end of the ceremony, she attempts to talk to Charlie, but believes a woman that is with him, Patricia is his girlfriend.
She hurries away to a balcony, but Charlie follows her. Sophie professes her love but tells him to go back to Patricia, whom he explains is his cousin, and not his ex-girlfriend he mentioned earlier on. He admits he is in love with Sophie. He attempts to climb up to kiss her like Romeo Montague but fell flat to the ground. Sophie hurries to him to check if he’s all right and they kiss.
As I’ve said… I’ve been anticipating this movie a month ago, and it was a pleasure to be able to watch the full movie, and I’d rate it 4 out of 5. If you like Harlequin Romance or Silhouette or even Mills and Boon, you’ll absolutely adore this. It’s almost 100% Harlequin-ish and Silhouette-ish, minus the hot and steamy sex scene, that is. The movie is rated PG-13.
And considering I’ve always have the hots for European men with accentuated British accent, this movie is something to die for, so I give this flick, a few thumbs up.
Cleffairy: I didn’t know love had an expiry date. I didn’t think they ever expired…
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