Monday, August 29, 2005

twice upon a yesterday ( if only )


Oh! If only…
Love struck: Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ian Wyndham
If Only Dir: Gil JungerCast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Nicholls

A movie about second chances, If Only is remarkably forgettable. Yet another Valentine’s Day special, some love-stricken couples may find the movie delightful. The rest would hope for a little more spice in this bowl of cheese. A young couple are in their final days together before Samantha (Hewitt, an exchange student from the US studying violin in London) has to return home. She is blindly in love with her English boyfriend (Nicholls) and is looking for a long-term commitment. Though he loves her, he is too preoccupied with work and life, to ever make her believe the extent of his love. But when his impulsive musician girlfriend, Samantha (Hewitt), dies in an accident shortly after they’ve had a fight, this grief-stricken British businessman gets a chance to relive the day all over again — in the hope of changing the events that led up to her getting killed. He realises his folly, and spends his new given day like it were his last. Within that 12-hour spectrum, he lets himself love like he has never before. He gives her everything she has been longing for in the course of their relationship — closeness, intimacy and unbridled affection — the perfect day. It’s a film that plays with the thought we have all had at one time or another, “If only I could have that moment over again.”Reminiscent of Gwyneth Paltrow’s incredible Sliding Doors, the film never really gets you engrossed to feel the extent of Nicholls’s loss. Hewitt delivers a fairly decent performance, while Nicholls as the lover is believable, but the film lacks substance.By the time the movie ends though, you’ve been doused with so much love, affection and Hollywood tinsel that you wish this were candyfloss instead of cinema (you could at least eat it then).If you’ve really run out of ideas to impress your lover this Valentine’s Day, give this movie a shot. Else, you’re better off eating dinner and popcorn at home.