Critics may be tripping over themselves thinking of new pejorative words to describe "One Day
," but eternal optimists can at least look to the film's soundtrack for a glimmer of quality.
Adapted from David Nicholls
' best-selling 2009 book of the same name, Lone Scherfig
's romance follows Dexter (Jim Sturgess
) and Emma (Anne Hathaway
) over the course of 20 years, starting with the pair meeting as university students in 1988 and checking up on them every subsequent anniversary of the day they met.
You'd think following two people over two decades would necessitate a time-spanning soundtrack. But despite the inclusion of artists ranging from Primal Scream
to Robbie Williams to Ronan Keating
, the album focuses on mid-late 1990s productions, either from one-hit wonders (Black Grape
, Corona) or artists primarily tied to that decade (Fatboy Slim
Given that the film's protagonists are British, it's no surprise that much of the soundtrack comprises UK artists.