Arts & Entertainment

Love, Rosie

Love, Rosie follows two best friends who grew up together. The story is simple – they’ve always been in love but never seem to get the timing right.

One thing that sets this film apart from its contemporaries is its portrayal of the lovers’ obstacles; it is not overdramatised nor dwelt on. Although by the same token, the incredible friendship of Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Clafin) appears to be underdeveloped and not as unrelenting as the producers would have us believe.

The film flitters quickly between setbacks and milestones. However, despite some of the conventional restraints of the genre, the obligatory cheese is disarming in the hands of Collins and Clafin. The latter, who is reminiscent of a young Hugh Grant is cast perfectly opposite the bright-eyed Lily Collins.

Even though the characters are wanting in complexity, the film is charming and has its moments of authenticity. The two leads share a very believable chemistry. (SY)

***1/2

Written by Sharon Ye