P.S. I love you
Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: January 17, 2008 | Publication: The Kilkenny Advertiser | Author: Naoise O' Donovan Coogan
PS I Love You is the long-awaited rom-com of 2007. For anyone that has read the book and cried silently into their tissues, it was a long time coming and I have to admit I was quite excited about seeing this film and seeing how it would translate onto the silver screen. I'll start by saying that I loved the book. I have read all of the Taoiseach's daughter's novels and in my opinion they went from very good to very bad! Luckily this film was the first book and I really enjoyed it.
The story tells of a grieving young widow Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank) who discovers that her late husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) has left her a list of tasks, which are revealed in 10 letters that are delivered anonymously to her each month for the months following after his death.
The letters are intended to ease her out of her grief and make the transition into her new life a little easier to bear. The letters all end with “PS I Love You.” Holly’s mother (Kathy Bates) and best friends Sharon (Gina Gershon) and Denise (Lisa Kudrow) begin to worry Gerry’s letters are keeping Holly tied to the past, but, in fact, each letter pushes Holly on a journey of rediscovery, and shows her how a love so strong can turn the finality of death into a new beginning for life.
Set in New York as opposed to Ireland where the book was set, Gerry is a roguish Irish man who married Holly at the ripe young age of 19 years when he moved to New York from his home place in Ireland. Part of the movie is set in Ireland when Holly goes to visit Gerry's family, but most of it is set in New York where they had set up their lives together.
This movie is a light-hearted, romantic comedy. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. The two leading characters are easy on the eye. It is complete and utter escapism from reality and so therefore, I really enjoyed it.
If you don't enjoy romantic comedies, then don't go! It is not for you.
The acting is good, the story is original, the setting is scenic both in Ireland and New York. The one negative in this movie is the attempt at an Irish accent by Gerard Butler. Directors should know that if an actor cannot perfect it (and few can) then, it is better off left out altogether. There is nothing worse than an American/Irish accent.
Otherwise, I would recommend this movie without hesitation to those of you who like romantic movies and a bit of escapism.
Bertie Ahern must be proud of his daughter, Cecelia's achievements. Few enough authors get to see their work on the silver screen at such a young age.