Love Happens: The Review

I can’t get any Percy Jackson tickets and it makes no sense to watch Valentine’s Day again so I had to choose – Dear John… or this?

At first look, you’ll probably think that this is a romantic comedy with Jennifer Aniston hanging alongside Balls of Fury’s Dan Fogler and Miss Guided’s Judy Greer.

But then, Aaron Eckhart is also in this film.

Holy crap, what does this mean!?!

Aaron Eckhart is an author who becomes a cult legend after his book about coping with death hits a spot on a particular horde of Americans. Unfortunately for Eckhart, he has his demons. Very… troubling… demons.

What I liked:

Here’s the thing – I know critics pan this flick but I think this is a tolerable picture. It has flaws… very VISIBLE flaws but there are things that should make this movie stand out.

First of all, Aaron Eckhart is a great actor. We saw played the Harvey Dent character well in the Dark Knight (although no one can upstage Heath Ledger in that movie) and he has been awesome since. While this was a rough material for him to look upon, he played the flawed character with such gusto. I looked at how he portrayed his role as a “Yes Man” and the thing that strikes me is he is a hypocrite a la Gregory House. I like heroes with flaws… for me, it makes them more human.

I also loved the characters of Dan Fogler and John Carroll Lynch. Lynch, was pretty decent portraying a grieving contractor. He remembered him as Drew Carey’s older brother on the Drew Carey Show and was surprised with his ability to do drama. Why I didn’t like how they used Fogler’s ability to make people laugh, his character was a breath of fresh air. He played a money-mad, power-hungry businessman that also has a heart. You will get the importance of his character through the last parts of the flick and you’ll probably second-guess yourself if this was really the guy that did slapstick comedy and ping-ponged with Christopher Walken on a wooden bridge!

Finally, this flick tackled stuffs that make the audience brace for the seriousness of the movie. I am guessing this actually happened in real life and while it didn’t, well… it’s a shame because the premise of the flick is really, really good.

Unfortunately, it seems like the writers forgot to be contemporary because most of the vehicles they used in making a story out of the film were overused and needs to be retired.

What I hated:

Perhaps the reason behind a film’s tagging as a romantic comedy is you have to be cute and at the same time… funny. For a flick that has the slutty secretary from Arrested Development and the plastic surgeon from Good Luck Chuck, there was nothing funny about this flick. ALL THE LAUGHS Fogler executed, while I enjoyed his character, were crap. All the poetic ramblings of Greer were even crappier. Especially the montage of scenes that laid waste on my common sense that came after the poetry place en route to the cemetery was bad.

Typecasting is also something that the producers needed to check out. If they are not going to make this funny, casting Jennifer Aniston in this flick is scary. While, Aniston’s characterization of Rachel Green-Geller made Friends the legendary sitcom it was, her bubbly happy-go-lucky, cutesy image still haunts her even if the series has been gone for five years now. You want Aniston to get the laughs but I guess the laughs has been relegated to Greer which like I said… couldn’t put the smiles in the audience’s faces.

Perhaps the biggest beef I have with this film is its very icky ending. Security should have been better in these types of events so gatecrashers like Martin Sheen’s character shouldn’t have raced to the stage to comfort Eckhart.

Okay, I don’t care if Sheen saw Eckhart crying, but I don’t really dig this “audience participation from the protagonists much respected person saying sorry leading to the slow clap shit”. I want to buy this… but no. I have seen stuffs like this and it is a poor ending to a film that has a tendency to hit or miss.

The Verdict: They made this a romantic comedy but are it really??? Nonetheless, with a powerhouse cast in Valentine’s Day, a la Notebook feel in Dear John, and a mystical flick like Percy Jackson, you’ll probably head to a Love Happens cinema house because it heals your claustrophobia (in the Philippines it bombed in the box office). Nonetheless, it is a welcome surprise to those that think this will become a typical Jennifer Aniston movie.

Eventually it became as such… but the acting prowess of Aaron Eckhart managed to pull the film as tolerable.

Game Over.

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