Monday, February 21, 2011

The Romantics: Movie Review

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.   2010

Directed by: Galt Niederhoffer

Screenplay by: Galt Niederhoffer

Starring: Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel

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