Monday, February 21, 2011

The Romantics: Movie Review

(2010, written and directed by: Galt Niederhoffer, starring: Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin and Josh Duhamel)
(Based on the novel "The Romantics" by Galt Niederhoffer)
(Available now on DVD)

Underdeveloped characters missing the essence of the Romantics.

"The Romantics" is a group of 8 friends from college, or maybe there's 7 of them—too many to get to know. They share very little with the romantic writers of the 18th and 19th centuries from whom they took their name. Thoughtfulness is a little too hard to find among all the underdeveloped characters and their broodiness.

Romance is a beautiful thing. Here, that comes through in the beautiful outdoor shots of the characters standing by trees, and revelling in the sea under the light of the moon. The natural and subtle beauty of all the actors is also played up remarkably well; Anna Paquin as the concerned bride, Josh Duhamel as the torn groom and Katie Holmes as the pernicious maid of honour in a striking black dress. Including actors like Malin Akerman, Candice Bergen, Adam Brody and Elijah Wood is disconcerting—Holmes was the only who was a given a complete character to explore. The rest were just there to pad a love-lorn story of past love. Perhaps they could have added some comic relief, but alas, there is no comedy in sight. "The Romantics" is nothing more than a romantic drama.

The name inspires some of the greatest literary voices, and yet the writing was the poorest part of this film. A boring story with lacking characters providing no extra meaning to your standard romantic drama. "The Romantics" has the beauty, and I wouldn't say it's empty, but don't let the name and cast deceive you into expecting something great.