Sunday, 03 July, 2022

Just Like Heaven (2006)

Directed by Mark Waters. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo. Cert PG. Running Time: 1 Hr 31 Mins Approx. I thought I’d hate this movie but Reese Witherspoon (Elizabeth) and Mark Ruffalo (David) are pretty likeable characters. There’s a small spark of on-screen chemistry despite the flatness of the script and you have to give kudos to the actors for that. The pacing is problematic, being at points very pedestrian, but it occasionally raises itself above that level and you do end up caring what happens to the characters. It’s fluff, but it’s fluff you won’t have to work hard to get through. That you root for the characters has to mean something and it does. This does become more than just a pleasant journey. If you sit down to watch a film guessing how it’s going to end and it takes it in that direction and you’re still happy to follow it has achieved something. Light but easily digestible fare which at least has a big heart. not every movie needs to be clever.

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