Synopsis: Young American Sophie travels to the famed home of Juliet Capulet in Verona, Italy and discovers the Secretaries of Juliet who replies to lovelorn women that leave messages on the wall below Juliet’s balcony. She answers a 50 year old letter and soon finds herself in the company of the author, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) in search of her one true love Lorenzo Bartolini (Franco Nero). As they travel in the beautiful sceneries of Italy with Claire’s realist grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan), who happens to be antagonistic of her grandmother’s quest, in the end, the characters find each other and conclude in a happy ending.
Description: New Yorker fact checker Sophie goes to Italy for a pre-honeymoon with her fiancée and comes across an unreciprocated letter to Juliet dating back to 1957 which takes her to an adventure that would eventually change her life.
Review: Letters to Juliet is definitely a movie based upon what a teenage girl would write about if she has been asked to pass a story about love. But what intrigues viewers about the movie is that because of its seer simplicity and down-to-earth sincerity, the story captivates each person’s emotions because they can easily ride on what’s going on. It allows people to understand what it feels like to struggle for a relationship that demands too much or when the relationship doesn’t demand anything at all.
The movie is just like that– you toss and turn but still figure out where the map is going. It is very obvious that Claire would find her Lorenzo and Sophie would choose Charlie over her vexatious fiancée. What makes Letters to Juliet tolerable is the way the scenes speak through one’s emotions and how the picturesque vista of Italy envelopes the daunting mires of cocky lines and flooding schmaltz. Amidst all these, Redgrave naturally renders a magnificent role paramount to the sappy concoction of romance in the film as all fall behind the background.
To most love struck romantics out there, the movie is a perfect flick to enjoy. It is a very calm, touching and comforting film to sit down to with a cup of tea on a late afternoon. Letters to Juliet is definitely a comparison to what it endorses – a voluptuous drink of Italian wine; gut warming with a delectable, sweet aftertaste.