Let me just start by saying that I think Amanda Seyfried is absolutely adorable. She has that kind of quality on screen that makes you want to watch. I was very excited to see this movie when I first saw the preview. I am an absolute sucker for romantic comedies. Yes, they are less than realistic, but what is the point of going to the movies if not for a little bit of escape?
The premise is Seyfried, Sophie, is a fact checker at the New Yorker. She is going on a pre-honeymoon with her fiance to Verona. Verona, you know the city where Romeo and Juliet fell in love. Her fiance, played by Gael Garcia Bernal, is opening a restaurant in New York City and can’t seem to be bothered to spend anytime with his fiance Sophie. Sophie, looking for something interesting to do stumbles upon a group of women who have a very peculiar job. It is their job to answer all the letters women leave to Juliet under her balcony in Verona. While helping these ladies, she comes across a letter in a crevice that has been there for 50 years. Sophie answers the letter which then puts the entire movie into motion.
Next, Charlie, played by Christopher Egan, who is adorable by the way, shows up with his grandmother Claire. Claire, played by Vanessa Redgrave, is the woman who left the letter 50 years ago Sophie answered. Now the three of them are going on an adventure to find Claire’s long lost love Lorenzo. It is easier said than done, apparently Lorenzo Bartalleni is a popular name.
Despite the fact that this movie may seem a bit outlandish to some, the chemistry between Egan and Seyfried is totally there. The backdrop is beautiful and you become enthralled in all the relationships in the movie. Seyfried has this quality that makes you really care about her character. Egan and Seyfried have that whole opposites attract tug of war that just works. You as a viewer become enthralled in Claire’s search for Lorenzo as well. I think what makes this movie work is that you end up understanding and caring about all the characters involved. They all seem to have real human qualities of people that would be in this situation. For as outlandish as the plot is, the characters are surprisingly realistic. Letters To Juliet is definitely worth the ticket price. See it!