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Could have been so much better.....
on 19 September 2015
I stuck with it, several times wondering why, but that's why I awarded two stars as there was obviously something that kept me going. But, with some tighter writing and some different casting, this could have been a really good film. There was no chemistry between the two leads, sorry but Colin Firth played the same character as in Love Actually (the writer who falls in love with his Portuguese housekeeper), some of the acting was very stilted, there were too many cliches and the rather thin plot jumped around. With fewer characters, more understanding of the relationships and the culture, the film may have worked for me. I like to care about the characters in a film or a book, and really couldn't with any of them here. Colin Firth is such a great actor, why did he choose this?! It is colourful to watch though, lovely costumes and scenes, obviously no violence, shoot-outs, car crashes etc - that's one of my stars - plus you do get to watch Mr Firth trying to act with this light script and plot - and that's my second star!