Yesterday I saw P.S. I Love You at Liverpool cinemas. Very nice, very quaint I felt. Quaint in that I am not a regular goer to films like this. Chick-flicks, you see, haven’t popped up in my pursuit of the ‘great’ films. Regardless though, it was rather good. The best technique used in the film was the use of music. It was almost as if it were an ever-present character. What made it rather surprising (to me) is that it used modern music. I don’t recall a film using modern music to convey the emotions that the film draws on in the way that P.S. I Love You does.
The acting is rather good I must say. Hillary Swank has never been on my ‘best’ list (though I know that many others rate her highly), however her performance here is quite effective. Very emotional and very touching. She has more range that I gave her credit for. Gerard Butler, who I thought was rather good in The Phantom of the Opera, was very good in this film too. Harry Connick Jr. (yes, the singer) has a near-main part in the film too – not the best character. I suspect that perhaps his character was changed when he was cast because of his limited acting range. Cathy Bates delivers a fantastic performance yet again.
The scenery of Ireland is beautiful here. And it’s a nice contrast to middle-class New York, where most of the film is set. Of course, the apartment of the main characters provides life in the city to. It’s not a coincidence that Ireland, the home of Butler’s character, and his apartment are the two sources of life and emotion for Swank’s character. Of course, the ‘motives’ of the settings is important to the conditions in which Swank’s character enters them. Similarly, the appearances change with emotions. Then again, that’s nothing new, and to be expected, for this sort of film.
I did realise that critics had, on the majority, given this movie a bad write-up prior to going in. Having kept a few of those things in mind while the film was playing, I felt that they were being rather harsh. Though, it’s not their business to be nice. Yes, the film had flaws, but nothing that was glaringly bad or which drags the film down to Plan 9-depths. I suspect I have a tendency to be favourable to films, or at least more favourable than professional critics.
All-in-all a nice film. Not a classic, but something that might be worth seeing under certain circumstances. A date perhaps? Or a time out with a significant other.