Letters to Juliet, replete with love, friendship and above all, astounding locales, just makes you feel like you are a part of all the beauty being shown onscreen. You just soak it all in.
Sophie is a gorgeous, young girl with long locks, golden like the rays of the sun. She believes in love and destiny. She is engaged to Victor, a chef, who wants to open his own restaurant in New York and that, is all that he can think of. Together,they fly to Verona for a pre-wedding honeymoon, but Victor spends all his time finding food suppliers and Sophie finds herself roaming around the place – all this in the city where Romeo and Juliet had first met.
To make good her time, Sophie finds a place in Verona where the heartbroken leave letters asking Juliet for help. She, like others, responds to the letters sent by them, giving them hope and happiness. In the process, she comes across a letter sent by a certain Claire, fifty years ago, where she mentions about having left her lover Lorenzo, and responds to Sophie’s ray of hope. After all, when it comes to happiness, it is never too late to go for it.
Sophie, embarks on a journey with Claire and her arrogant and skeptical grandson, Charlie, who initially just does not want Sophie to come along with them. But Sophie being a true believer in destiny, just does not let go. Many amusing situations and wrong Lorenzos later, they eventually come across the one who had stolen Claire’s heart fifty years ago. Worth all the wait, I would say!
Sophie falls in love with Charlie. It isn’t difficult, since beneath that tough exterior, he is a man who cares to drive around his grandmother, and make sure that she finds the Lorenzo. Charlie, who never believed in happy endings before, falls for Sophie, very hard (literally), completely smitten by her optimism and impressed by her passion for writing.
The actors are amazing. Amanda Seyfried’s performance left me spellbound. Everytime her eyes welled up with tears, I had trouble fighting mine back. It just didn’t look like acting, but real life. Even though a tad predictable, the film makes you want to keep watching and just not get up, because after all the effort Claire, Sophie and Charlie put into finding Lorenzo and the experiences they go through, just makes one want them to unite and watch the Happy Ending unfold in front of their eyes. Shot in few of the most breathtaking parts of Italy, the film just makes you want to buy a one-way ticket to that place. The mountains, the long winding roads, the vineyard, the architecture, everything just makes you sigh and want more of that world, which looks exactly like how God intended it to.
Watch Letters to Juliet. If you are a romantic, you will love it. If you are not, beware, you just might turn into one!