P.S., I Love You (2007) DVD Review
Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: May 7, 2008 | Publication: Real Movie News | Author: Ryan Izay
Most romantic comedies predictably point to the end result from the early sequences. Few romantic leads are shown to be flawed, and usually what flaws they do have are seen to be quirky and endearing rather than the dealbreakers they might be in the real world. Just as obvious are the romantic characters that are there merely to impede on the true relationship or create a false sense of tension and suspense since we know they are too despicable to ever actually win the romantic leads. The thing about PS. I Love You is the plot doesnít seem much like a comedy and the end result is rather difficult to guess considering one of the romantic leads is dead most of the film. Any variety on the romantic comedy is widely encouraged and hardly ever accomplished. Although P.S. I Love You is not nearly as profound as Sleepless in Seattle, or as original as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but it does manage to stir up a little uncertainty within the story while retaining the successful elements that make it a romantic comedy.
Based on Cecelia Ahernís bestseller Hilary Swank plays Holly Kennedy, a happy young woman married to her energetic Irish husband, Gerry (Gerard Butler). Gerry challenges Holly, fights with her, loves her, and ultimately has a tumor and dies. Holly is left trying to pick up the pieces of her life, quite unsuccessfully, when she starts receiving messages from her husband. He apparently had enough time to anticipate and plan for his wifeís inability to recover. Each letter that comes to Holly comes with a reminder of her husbandís love (p.s. I love you), but it also comes with instructions from her dead husband to help her get on with her life. At first these instructions are simple, telling her to pack all of his clothes up, but eventually the instructions lead her on a journey larger than she imagined.
There is something difficulty about the romance between two people that canít be together, and difficulties fine if you want to make a drama, but it is a brave topic for a comedy, and it is even braver considering the cast. Hilary Swank has been an a award-winning actress for so long that I have a hard time picturing her be light-hearted and humorous, and Gerard butler makes me think of testosterone rather than sensitivity, but somehow it works. Iím not exactly sure how, but the fact that the film is taken in comedic terms helps the difficult subject and relieves a great deal of tension from the actors, who we have seen far too serious in nearly everything else they have done. I enjoyed the change, if only for the liberating quality of having actors play characters completely different than they are usually typecast in. I canít say that this particular film wouldnít have been better with a more expected cast (Iím thinking Jennifer Garner and James Franco), but I enjoyed seeing these actors lighten it up a bit, although most of the comedic relief comes from Kathy Bates as Hollyís mother and her best friends, played by Lisa Kudro and Gina Gershon.
The DVD has a group of additional scenes, not all of which are worth watching, instructions to a silly game shown in the movie within no real context, a music video and an interview with author Cecilia Ahern.
Our Rating:4.5 of 5 stars
Extras Rating:3.5 of 5 stars