Review: Valentine’s Day

A nice weekend flick for lovers, best friends and anyone with a  desire to get away from it all. I went to a  midnight screening of ‘Valentine’s Day’ after being up for almost 24 hours yesterday  and I must say I was very surprised  by how entertained I was.

Directed by Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries and Runaway Bride) ‘Valentine’s Day’ is a film that intertwines various stories throughout Los Angeles on the sappiest day of the year. The story centers around Reed Bennett (Ashton Kutcher) a handsome florist who’s just proposed to his girlfriend (Jessica Alba), and his best friend Julia Fitzpatrick (Jennifer Garner) who thinks she’s found the man of her dreams in Patrick Dempsey. Through Reed and Julia different stories  of love intersect with each other, which leads to a lighthearted and fun 125 minutes in the theater.

Because there was so much star power in ‘Valentine’s Day’, I will just highlight a few of my favorite characters, Anne Hathaway portraying a moonlighting phone sex operator is a good start. Her character Liz was a definite scene stealer and everytime she appeared on screen the theater would erupt in a fit of laughter. Also it goes without saying that Hathaway and co-star Topher Grace had amazing chemistry throughout the film. Another highlight for me was little Bryce Robinson as the lovesick youngster Edison, who just wants to tell the woman he loves how he feels. He literally gets cuter in every scene and shines alongside veteran actors Shirley McClaine and Hector Elizondo, who were also the cutest things ever. And not really a highlight but a surprise was Taylor Swift, who knocked her role out of the park.  Just like Anne, she also had the audience erupting in fits of laughter.

Without a doubt, there is something for everyone in ‘Valentine’s Day.’  No matter what age you are, it’s definitely easy to see the heart in this film.

Of course, like all romantic comedies the predictability level is off the charts  but just when you think you’ve figured it all out, it throws you the curviest of curve balls. My only real issue with the film was I felt that it cut between scenes too quickly, the pacing could have been a little bit better but I’ll live. I seriously don’t understand why critics gave ‘Valentine’s Day’ such a low rating. It’s definitely not the best film in the world and it wont be up for any Oscars,  but it fulfills its purpose to entertain an audience.

So to recap: “Valentine’s Day”, a cute movie for an audience who believes in the magic of love. Definitely not for cynics.

My Grade: 7/10

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One Response to “Review: Valentine’s Day”

  1. i love this movie.. romantic.. 😀

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