It’s a story about romance and longings. About unrequited or interrupted love. And about a romantic tradition in which lovers all over come to one site to leave letters for Juliet (of Romeo and Juliet).
Amanda Seyfried’s character Sophie has come to Italy with her fiance, but they end up going their separate ways to separate events. On her own, she becomes fascinated with watching women place their letters at a monument, and then seeing that one woman collects them all at the end of the day. She follows that woman and learns of how she writes back to everyone (as Juliet). Shortly afterwards, while helping to collect the letters, Sophie discovers a letter behind a brick that was left there 50 years ago. She writes to that woman, and a short time later, the woman and her grandson appear. And thus begins the real romantic quest as Sophie helps Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) search for her long lost love.
Vanessa Redgrave made the movie worthwhile, as did the quest itself. We got to see a lot of Italian landscapes on this journey, and could vicariously enjoy the moments along the way.
At one point, I wished that Amanda Seyfried’s character would burst into song…I loved her singing voice in Mama Mia. But, of course, that was not part of this character.
The ending of Letters to Juliet was predictable, but glorious nonetheless. A great light movie…just the perfect antidote for the end of a rather exhausting week.
I gave this one four stars because of the predictability, but I still loved and would recommend it.