Thursday, December 19, 2013
1946 - One Day
I really loved the book this film was based on. It was a gimmick, the idea of revisiting two friends on the same day every year, but the book made it work - because even though we just saw the one day the medium allowed commentary on the 364 days we'd missed inbetween - something that the film can't allow without massive exposition - which it avoids. It's a faithful adaptation in regards to the story and scenes, but not emotionally. I adore Anne Hathaway - I can give or take Jim Sturges and perhaps that's part of the problem - I had a hard time buying into their love story because I didn't think he deserved her in this version. I didn't get a sense of his tortured self the way it comes across in the book. Here it just feels sterile, like we're bouncing from one year to another without much to keep us emotionally grounded. That said, I'm not sure what you would have done with this adaptation to avoid such pratfalls. If you liked the book it might be worth checking out just to see it come to life (it's on Netflix). For those that don't know the book, I don't know... your call!