This film did not go down well with the critics...some thought it was basically a rip-off of Garden State (one of my all-time favourites) - except worse - some thought the acting was atrocious, and the storyline implausible.
I personally thought it was brilliant. The storyline was sweet and simple - guy who is completely on the edge realises his dad has died, goes to get his body, meets a sweet girl, and learns about life. It might sound a bit cliche, but I thought it was done perfectly, in an original and real way, something the audience could really relate to...we've all had these long phone conversations when we just don't want to hang up, felt complete despair, rediscovered ourselves, and we've all been somwhere that, or met someone who, changed our lives.
The acting too was wonderful. I think Orlando Bloom is gorgeous, but I'll be the first to admit he's not the greatest actor in the world. He's not as bad as some make out...but he's not fabulous. This film, however, was his best performance, he was perfect in it, never feeling wooden or forced. The accent was unfortunate, he couldn't really pull it off, or maybe I'm just used to hearing his lovely English accent, and it just sounded odd. Kirsten Dunst too, was lovely, but found the Southern accent tricky, lapsing every now and then into her normal one. These two actors were so perfect in these roles, and gave such great performances, that I think it's a real pity that the script couldn't be changed a tiny bit to accomodate this. Otherwise however, they were both really good, with great chemistry.
So yeah, it was a really touching film, really relatable, with fabulous acting and a wonderful soundtrack. This, for me, is the definition of a heart-warming yet non-sentimental film, neatly and beautifully showing the little joys and pleasures of life - you seriously will feel happy just watching this. I seriously recommend it, it's wonderful. Ignore the critics...and don't be mean to Orlando Bloom just 'cos of the accent. He's a sweetheart :P xxx