So, here I go again, adding one more book to my list and yet another screen adaptation that I haven’t read source material to (in it’s entirety, anyway). I hate suggesting films that are novel based without reading it first, ’cause it could very well be a horrible depiction– and I’ve seen many, but I just couldn’t keep this to myself. One Day seems like the kind of film that is right up my alley and so falls into the “never just friends” lead to romance category. Though I haven’t read the entire novel, I’ve read a couple chapters and it has a Time Traveler’s Wife feel to it . Don’t ask me why. I’m just hoping this film is better, however, that really wouldn’t take much… Perhaps it’s the time travel of the story, as it spans twenty years in the lives of the main characters? Ultimately, it’s a lofty When Harry Met Sally, stripped of the slapstick and peppered with bated transparency.
One Day is the novel written by David Nicholls and depicts the story of two college grads that meet on graduation day and have a one night stand(of sorts). After that July day in 1988, the book portrays life moments over the next twenty years on that one day (July 15th). The story speaks of their lives and loves throughout this time, but their journey always bends back to one another.
Emma Morley is a regular young girl with dreams of a better future and ideals of a better world, ready to make her mark, while Dexter Mayhew is a rich playboy who takes little pains in either. In twenty years, they seek careers and marry, find success and suffer failure in their lives apart. Over the course of their time as friends, both characters develop in a way that begs who has the better outlook, where do hopes and dreams lead and what, if anything, makes the difference?
I won’t pretend that this story is a feel good, happy go-plucky rom-com, for at the core, it isn’t. It’s about the reality of life, beginning from your adult start point and living. The characters trudge through hardship and disappointment, battle addiction and disillusionment but somehow surface to give witty raw commentary and wise genuine reflection.
The Focus Features film adaptation sports seasoned actors like Patricia Clarkson and Ken Stott (whom I adore) but stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Burgess. I don’t find Hathaway to be the best actress but her characters are always worthy of respect and thoughtfully crafted and acted with a wide breadth of sincerity. Mr. Burgess I’ve never seen on-screen but I like his off-screen personality and from the preview (below) that seems to seep through a bit.
I definitely look forward to this one. Ah, I might have to view this one alone though, ’cause if my gut is right, I might have a Time Traveler-the novel-reaction (read: tears).
One Day releases worldwide August 19th.
[official photos courtesy Focus Features- One Day ]