What ultimately redeems the film is the chemistry between Hathaway and Sturgess. Though the couple doesn’t get nearly enough time together on-screen, the moments they do share–a holiday in France, a rooftop confession–are as tender and genuine as they come. They’re two people you really root for, and the snatches of banter and longing between them provide momentary distractions from the breakneck speed of the film.
Fans of the book would do well to stay away from One Day. Hathaway and Sturgess are spot on as Em and Dex, but all the details that make their story worthwhile are diluted in Scherfig’s bare-bones feature. As for those who fell in love with the trailer but haven’t ventured into the theatre just yet, do yourselves a favour and pick up Nicholls’ book instead. I promise it’ll take longer than one day to forget. B-
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