I loved it.
It was predictable. Yet I found myself captivated by its predictability. It made me wonder just how far the story will go. I went inside the movie house knowing it'll be a sure-fire feel-good movie.
Vanessa Redgrave as Claire owned the character. I love, love, love her in the movie. Her portrayal felt real, as if she wasn't really acting. There I was, rooting for her to find her Lorenzo. At the same time, I also wondered and worried, "what if she doesn't find him?" That would be awful! Does anybody really want the grandma to NOT find her first love? Of course not. It'll be too sad. We don't want to watch sad old ladies, do we?
The cynic in me thinks "oh boy, here's yet another movie that'll set up women for disappointment." The optimist in me just fell for the whole thing - hook, line and sinker. Complete with tears, mind you.
Of course, I AM a sucker for such kinds of movies. After all, I'm a big believer in happily-ever-afters. By the way, there is actually a Club di Giuletta or The Juliet Club in Verona.
At the end of the movie, I wanted to fly off to Verona and be a secretary of Juliet. I'm THAT mushy. And I make no apologies for that. ;)