Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2009 by Russ Fischer
The common trailer complaint is that they always give too much of the movie away. Which is funny, because that’s actually not the case nearly as often as you’d think, and after being able to compare many movies and their trailers, I would have long ago hoped that people would realize the truth of it. In the case of Letters to Juliet, however, things are different. When I saw the trailer in front of the New Moon screening two days ago I couldn’t help feeling a great sense of relief that I’d never have to sit through the entire feature, because I’d just seen it all in the trailer. Now you can, too, after the break.
Moviefone has the trailer which is not, to my surprise, an ad for a film adaptation of an Elvis Costello album. Instead the film is an adaptation of the novel by Lise and Ceil Friedman. It follows Sophia (Amanda Seyfried) who, while in Verona, Italy, finds a fifty-year old letter written by Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), a woman who walked away from a life with the man she loved. The girl writes back and ends up joining the woman and her grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan) on a journey to find the lost love. Seyfried’s unattentive boyfriend (Gael García Bernal, slumming) is off on his own, and Seyfried and Egan fall for each other. Then Franco Nero rides up looking all studly on horseback and everyone sighs.
The film is directed by Gary Winnick, who earlier this year was behind the truly execrable Bride Wars. While this doesn’t appear to be as materialistically depressing as that movie was, it also doesn’t seem to have much going on below the surface. I’m sure the “I am Lorenzo Bartolini!” montage will be cute and funny, but the rest of it is fairly cringeworthy.