Noah thinks he has the perfect first night with Avery, the girl of his dreams, but gets relegated to the friend zone. He spends the next three years wondering what went wrong - until he ... See full summary »
It's not a bad film. It's definitely watchable and I did get a little teary towards the end, so I wouldn't call it soul-less either. It just doesn't have enough soul and it doesn't have enough originality.
In fact, I've recently come up with a category of films that this would totally fit into. It's called "scripts that could have been written by an AI". A successful AI mind you - one that has been fed every produced script on the same topic, but also one that cannot produce anything genre-defying or ground-breaking.
So here's the recipe it operates on:
-Take the "Love Story" (the 1970 film) premise (as used by a million other films between then and now).
Add a specific take and tension to the story, as previously done by films like "My Life Without Me" (2003)
-Create good chemistry between two stereotypical protagonists (the "loveable and deceptively sexy nerd" male and the "strong, funny, and beautiful" female)
Add the sidekicks: the "mischievous, promiscuous, but supportive best mate", the "(much older, quirky, and wisecracking) unlikely friend", the "overbearing but still loving" mother, plus a couple more distinct-enough-but-not-too-memorable-so-as-not-to-overshadow-the-protagonists characters.
Make the photography and styling Instagrammable
Add a pleasant soundtrack
Cast a veteran actor in the old-but-quirky role
-Cast a hunk recognisable from an extremely popular TV series to attract the fandom
-Lightly sprinkle on top with quotable wisdoms about the meaning of life and death
And there you have it. Served lukewarm on Netflix.
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