I didn’t watch this on it’s theatrical release, getting it out from my library, when they were having a rent one get one free. I’m really glad that I picked this one up, as the second DVD, as it’s a lovely film. There isn’t that much real action, as it revolves around the relationships between four people.
The plot is basically that Anna (Felicity Jones) is a British student studying in LA, and she falls in love with a American student called Jacob (Anton Yelchin), their relationship is disrupted by the fact that Anna gets deported for violating her student visa. They attempt a long term relationship, but find it difficult, considering all the other things going on in their lives. However when they try to move on, they never quite forget each other.
The performances of the leads are impressive, and I especially liked Anna. I think Felicity Jones is a very talented actress, and on this occasion, she was more memorable than Jennifer Lawrence was. Lawrence plays the role of Samantha, Jacob’s girlfriend after he and Anna break up.
I enjoyed the film because it seemed to be much more realistic in tone, than a big Hollywood romantic comedy movie. The connection between Anna and Jacob was believable in my eyes, and the struggles weren’t resolved as easily as just a run to the airport.
In some ways it reminds me of Once, and Blue Valentine, both of which concentrate solely on the connection between two people, rather than creating lots of glossy characters.
Don’t get me wrong, I like a Jennifer Lopez style romantic comedy as much as the next person but sometimes it’s nice to see a more realistic take on romance.