By Sandra Kraisirideja
Amanda Seyfried— the young actress who helped propel “Mamma Mia!” to over $140 million in ticket sales—may become the next female romantic comedy star.
Seyfried’s latest feature, “Letters to Juliet” draws on her inherent sweetness and has a story that could only be found in a romantic comedy.
On a pre-wedding trip to Italy, Sophie (Seyfried) stumbles across a courtyard where women leave notes to Juliet of “Romeo and Juliet” in hopes that she will help mend their broken hearts.
Sophie discovers the letters are answered by real women and soon finds herself answering a letter from a woman named Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) that was tucked away for decades in the courtyard wall.
When Claire follows Sophie’s advice to find her long-lost love she enlists Sophie’s help to locate him. Of course Claire has a handsome, eligible grandson (Christopher Egan) who also comes along for the ride.
Soon Sophie must decide between her feelings for her fiance, played by Gael Garcia Bernal, and Claire’s grandson.
Director Gary Winick (“Bride Wars”) takes advantage of Italy’s landscape and gorgeous light to capture the perfect vision of an Italian summer. Seyfried’s performance is satisfactory and her chemistry with Egan is believable. Redgrave looks regal and elegant while also appearing more youthful than her age would suggest.
It will be interesting to see if Seyfried’s appeal can overcome the script’s weak points and the movie’s far-fetched premise.