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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Letters to Juliet" Movie Review by Amy

  What if you had a second chance to find true love?                                     

Letters to Juliet: Celebrating Shakespeare's Greatest Heroine, the Magical City of Verona, and the Power of LoveLetters To Juliet is an enchanting story about love—of encountering new sparks and rekindling old flames. When a young American, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), travels to Verona, Italy—the romantic city where Romeo first met Juliet—she meets a group of volunteers who responds to letters written to Juliet seeking advice about love. Sophie finds and responds to a letter that has been lost for 50 years, which inspires its author Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) to travel to Italy to find her her long-lost soul mate. Together, the two women embark on an adventure that will change their lives forever—a journey filled with laughter and companionship, discoveries about themselves and the meaning of true love.
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The tragic story of Romeo and Juliet, a legend of which nobody can tell if the two unlucky lovers of Verona ever lived. Nevertheless, not unlike many other legends, there are abundant elements of the story that have references to real places and historical facts of Verona. For example, it is many years now since visitors of Juliet's house first started writing their names and love phrases on the entrance walls of this famous place of Verona. There are lovers who want to tie their names to this highly symbolic place by writing them on JULIET'S WALL. There are messages left by those who have had their heart broken and by those who want the world to hear about their love. You'll also find messages of peace and love, phrases written in every language and color. The idea of Juliet's Wall was to make it possible for everyone who chooses so, to post a message on that wall.  Leave your message, and let the world know about your love. Juliet's wall, The Wall of Love

I was given passes to an advanced showing of "Letters to Juliet" for Mothers Day. So, naturally, I invited Andye, Kit, and my daughters Abigaile and Anna to tag along. When we sat down in the movie theatre, I knew one thing... get as far away from the reserved seating as possible (The Press). They are a pretty loud bunch if you ask me.

I knew walking in to this movie, that it was definitely going to be predictable. It had to have had the perfect ending or I would have walked away angry and frustrated. The previews pretty much tell you everything you need to know. I didn't care. It was a romantic movie set in Italy. Need I say more? Let me just say, if you do not desire a glass of red wine, eating a cheese plate with grapes and bread dipped in olive oil while sitting out on a veranda in Verona with your significant other, after watching this film, well, you need to seek professional help immediately! Or, a good couple's counselor!

I read, that every week, hundreds of letters pour into the office of the Club di Giulietta, in Verona, Italy, the city that is the setting for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

"Dear Juliet ... You are my last hope. The woman I love more than anything in the world has left me. ..."

"Dear Juliet, I live on the third floor. My parents don't allow my boyfriend to come to my house. So I have to sneak him in. ..."
Some are addressed simply "To Juliet, Verona," but the postman always knows to deliver them to the club's Via Galilei headquarters. Every letter is answered by the club's group of volunteers, no matter what the language, sometimes with the assistance of outside translators. (In the past, the owner of a local Chinese restaurant helped.)

Outside stands a bronze statue of Juliet. Tourists rub the right breast for good luck. It is now considerably shinier than the left.

For years, tourists stuck notes to Juliet on the walls of the house with bubblegum. Last year the gum was removed, and white plasterboard was put up for those who feel they must write. There is also a letterbox at the house, and its missives are collected and answered by the club. These days you can even send an e-mail to Juliet at Very few letters, oddly enough, are sent to Romeo.

I just loved this movie. It was romantic. It was funny. Entertaining. Delightful. Beautiful shots of the landscape throughout Italy. Pretty clean, hence the PG rating. It is so nice to go and watch a film without the curse words and sexual innuendos. So unnecessary. I will definitely go and see this movie again. This might actually cost my husband a lot more than he bargained for. I came home begging to go back to Italy! For now, I want to leave a letter on Giulietta's wall of love.

"A friendship that is like love is warm; A love like friendship, steady" - Thomas Moore

"There is no world without Verona walls...
Heaven is here, where Juliet lives."  Shakespeare
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero

Screenplay By: Jose Rivera, Tim Sullivan

Directed By: Gary Winick

Produced By: Caroline Kaplan, Ellen Barkin, Mark Canton

OPENS FRIDAY MAY 14, at a theatre near you.

Amy ~ Aaronswoman

For parents:  There were a few religious exclamations, but no other cussing.  There are some paintings/statues of women without clothing, a scene where a man rubs the right breast of Juliette's statue (for good luck apparently), and an old man gives the trio "the bird".  There is also some minor kissing.  Otherwise this was a very clean movie!


  1. What a refreshing review! My mom and I have been very eager for this film, and there's a book too!! Thanks for the review!!

  2. Oh I want to see this! Perfect girlfriends afternoon movie!


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