The Book of Love (2016)

PG-13   |    |  Drama

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Henry is an introverted architect. After the death of his wife in a car accident, he sets out to help Millie, a homeless teen-ager, to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic.

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  • Maisie Williams in The Book of Love (2016)
  • Maisie Williams in The Book of Love (2016)
  • Mary Steenburgen and Jason Sudeikis in The Book of Love (2016)
  • Maisie Williams at an event for The Book of Love (2016)
  • Mary Steenburgen and Jason Sudeikis in The Book of Love (2016)
  • Jason Sudeikis in The Book of Love (2016)

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2 October 2017 | ThomasDrufke
| Its Heart is in the Right Spot
Let's be completely honest and upfront, The Book of Love is not a good movie. It's not even a movie I would recommend to people. However, it's heart is in the right place. I know the film was made for people who are going through tragedies and are looking to move on. That's fine and all, but the execution is far from where it could have been with an idea like this. The Book of Love deals with two people, Henry and Millie, both with tragic pasts and looking for something to keep them going through difficult times. They share a bond together over tragedy, and decide to band together and build a boat to deal with their loss, and possibly go on an adventure of a lifetime. What follows is a serious of mostly convoluted events with several cheesy conflicts and dialogue that more or less lead to a B-movie version of Life of Pi meets The Way Way Back? Both are modern-day classics in my opinion, and The Book of Love has nowhere near the gravitas or emotional effect those films do, but I think that was certainly the tone they were going for. The problem is, the film never earns its emotional beats. Instead, it feels more like a glorified hallmark drama, just with great actors. The only major positive is Justin Timberlake's score, and yes I said Justin Timberlake. Why in the world I decided to watch this film, I'm not entirely sure, probably because of Maisie Williams, but it's not a film I will ever revisit.


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