‘Unashamedly Romantic and Happy’: ‘The Last Letter From Your Lover’ is the Perfect Movie to Escape the Pandemic Sadness
Since 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a massive toll on our lives. Life was finally feeling normal, but now, because of the re-emergence of the virus, it feels like we are moving in a vicious circle.
Once again, it's time for us to stay indoors and be safe to stop the transmission of this deadly virus. And what better thing to do than watch series and movies to pass the time?
While there are many genres to watch on Netflix, romance is the perfect one with smooth flowing storylines and heart-melting moments. Currently, one of the best movies on the streaming platform is The Last Letter from your Lover.
Why Should You Watch ‘The Last Letter from Your Lover?’
The Last Letter from Your Lover is the perfect blend of science fiction and romance. It is adapted from a Jojo Moyes novel of the same name.
Moyes is a novelist and a screenwriter who experiments with the romance genre. She is best known for The Giver of Stars, Me Before You, Foreign Fruit, and of course, The Last Letter from Your Lover.
Moyes wrote The Last Letter from Your Lover in 2008, and after more than a decade, it finally got the movie it deserves. The plot revolves around a journalist who discovers mysterious love letters from 1960 and is hellbent on unearthing the truth about a secret affair.
Plot aside, part of the joy that is to be derived from this film is from its visual aesthetics. Partly captured in a modern style and partly in a manner that's reminiscent of Super 8 footages your parents might have stocked away, the novel-turned-movie is a treat for the eyes.
Then, there is the stylishly costumed cast that's bound to inspire anyone for infinite looks. Perhaps, it is the lingering effects of the recent Dark Academia fad or our general obsession with the past. Regardless, the film capitalizes on retro aesthetics to weave and drive its romantic plot.
The directorial contribution by Augustine Frizzell and acting by Felicity Jones, Callum Turner, Joe Alwyn, Nabhaan Rizwan, and Shailene Woodley bring a sense of chic sensibility to an otherwise overplayed theme of love and loss.
In an interview with Hello Magazine on August 06, 2021, Moyes said that she had initially intended the story to be reminiscent of watching a golden-era flick on a rainy Sunday, sniffling away under a cozy blanket and all.
However, as she got to pen it, she realized people fall in love all the time — they have in the past and will in the future. So the book quickly became a unionization representation of this universal emotion.
She further commented that if people cry, she hopes their tears are excellent and cathartic rather than of sadness and remorse. In other words, one would shed feel-good-tears throughout this movie.
There are a few differences between the movie and the book. However, since the film was written by Nick Payne and Esta Spalding, they have added their own flair to it.
While the movie does not stray too far from the book, a few big plotlines have been changed according to the liking of Payne and Spalding to make the film a happier one than the book.
The movie will make you cry and laugh simultaneously and will haunt you after you've finished watching. So while the critics have given mixed reviews, watch the film and be a judge for yourself.