The Last Letter from Your Lover
Run Time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
Genre: Romance, Drama
The film follows two main storylines. We see the character of Jennifer Sterling as she tries to remember who she is after being in a car crash and losing her memory. We see as she discovers a letter that was written to her by a mysterious person who signed as “Boot”. In the present day, we follow Ellie, a journalist who also finds the letter and tries to see if there is more to the story.
In The Last Letter From Your Lover, there are two sets of characters. In the past, we have Jennifer Stirling and Anthony O’Hare, and in the present, we have Ellie Haworth and Rory. Jennifer is an independent woman who knows what she wants. Anthony is a journalist who is persistent and good with words. Ellie is a writer for a magazine and is forward with her intentions. Rory works in the archives and is awkward around Ellie.
For long-time readers of our website, you probably know that romances aren’t really my thing. Now, although The Last Letter From Your Lover was a romance drama, I didn’t find it all too bad. There are a few things that I didn’t enjoy, but as a whole, it was a good watch.
Speaking of the not so good areas of this movie, the first thing I want to mention is that the beginning of the movie was quite confusing. When The Last Letter From Your Lover switched from past to present, that jump wasn’t so bad. But when the movie went to Jenny’s past in the flashback, I got lost for a bit. It made the movie confusing for 15 minutes, but after I got that cleared up, the rest of The Last Letter From Your Lover made sense. The other area that I didn’t quite enjoy was the predictability of the movie. During my viewing, the plot of The Last Letter From Your Lover was predicted within the first few minutes of the movie. With everything predicted, it made some of the emotional scenes have a weaker impact.
Besides those two aspects, I enjoyed the characters of The Last Letter From Your Lover. Jenny and Ellie were both strong leads, and I enjoyed all their interactions with the characters around them. Rory was a fun character from his awkwardness with Ellie. And Anthony wrote amazing letters that impressed me with its diction. Besides the characters, I liked the story behind The Last Letter From Your Lover. The way the plot flashes between past and present and is connected through the letters was a fun touch that made the movie interesting to watch.Overall, The Last Letter From Your Lover was a good watch. Although predictable and confusing at times, the characters and plot will help carry you through the movie. If you like romance dramas, then this is one you should watch.
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
My favourite moment in The Last Letter From Your Lover was when the letters were read aloud. There was something captivating and intriguing listening to those letters due to their elevated diction. They were caring and meaningful letters that really held my attention.
The Last Letter From Your Lover is a romance drama that I normally wouldn’t have touched with a 10-foot pole. That being said, I thought this was pretty good. It’s less gooey romance and more of a solid drama. The story was awesome, and we had some heartfelt characters. I loved the way the story switched from the past to the present, and the parallels we had between them. At the same time, I loved the way they were separated enough to be their own stories lines. The two sets of characters were both great. The awkward interactions are fantastic, and the almost fairy tale interactions were great. Even though it was so, so cliche, it was still really enjoyable to watch.
The plot was also surprisingly good. I was really worried that this plot was going to be lackluster at best, bad at worst. Instead, it was full of intrigue and misdirection. It had actual events, and there were moments where the next scene was clear as day. It was wonderful to see a movie actually bring out the drama part of a Rom-Drama. The only issue I found was that it was too confusing at parts. When we switched between the past and the present, it got so very confusing about 3 times, and it took a couple questions and about 10 minutes to get back on track. Other than that, this is a really good plot line with some awesome characters. Would have loved some more detail on where we were every time the time period flipped, but it can’t do everything right. Honestly, The Last Letter From Your Lover is the last movie I would have sat down and watched myself. After seeing it, it was pretty darn good with some lovable characters and an intriguing plot. You are going to be on the edge of your seat wondering what is coming next and cheering on our characters. Netflix is your place to go, hopefully, you don’t tear up.
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
My favourite moment has to be the very first interaction between Ellie and Rory. It’s awkward, it’s funny, and it’s the kind of moment a lot more people can relate to. Go through your friend group, and I’ll guarantee at least one couple meet through an awkward interaction just like this one. And there’s no way to tell that story without a smile and a chuckle, just like you can’t watch this scene without a smile and a chuckle.
I did not know what this film was about and going in with zero context allowed me to be shocked by the dual storylines and I enjoyed the way this story evolved. The characters in the film were definitely a highlight as Ellie and Rory provide a lot of the comedy and have their own quirky romance while the main romance between J and Boot, as they sign themselves, is the main dramatic piece in the story. I like the distinct differences in the time periods and the easy-to-follow stories allow for developments to be made in each storyline without making it hard to follow. I thought this film was properly romantic and the 60’s storyline had the drama and forbidden love that appeals to a large audience and allows the story to have weight to it. Personally, I quite enjoyed the journalism and investigative plot that took place in the present probably because the characters were more relaxed, normal, and quirky. On the negatives, this film did bore me at points especially in the middle where I felt the film dragged on a bit at points. Another complaint I would have is that our protagonists from the ’60s were a bit bland. Now don’t get me wrong they were seemingly nice people as characters it’s just they did not have great personalities and seemed to just be kind of standard “romantic drama” characters. I do think the acting across the board is quite good and believable, especially for the character of J ( played by Shailene Woodley) who really sells the amnesia and fear her character has.
All in all, this is a good film that I’m glad I watched though I’m not sure I would watch it again. However, if you’re in the mood for a romantic-drama type film this film will definitely be a good one to check out.
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
My favourite moment is when Ellie goes to tell Rory how she feels in the rain. I like the scene because it is cute and awkward like their romance and it hits just right.