Music a highlight in 'P.S. I Love You'

Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: July 6, 2008 | Publication: The News Tribune | Author: Suzanne Click
Publication/Article Link:The News Tribune

Gerry Kennedy finally had a plan. For the first time, he knew exactly how everything was going to happen. Holly, his wife, was usually the one with the organizational skills, but not this time. This time, Holly was the one without a plan, and she thought that her life was over. Her husband died, but she ended up relying on him anyway to finally get on with her life.

The film “P.S. I Love You,” based on the book by Cecilia Ahern, follows Holly (Hilary Swank) through her year-long journey of following her husband’s plan. Gerry, played by Gerard Butler, knew he was going to die and decided to help his wife move on after his death. He takes Holly down memory lane and gives her advice through letters that she receives after his death.

Each letter is read in Gerry’s Irish accent and signed “P.S. I love you.”

The letters bring Holly joy, anger and a lot of tears. And they do exactly what Gerry intended them to do.

Gerry arranges everything from fun nights out to a vacation to his homeland for his beloved wife. Holly’s friends (Lisa Kudrow and Gina Gershon) along with Gerry’s best friend (James Marsters) and Holly’s mom are included in Gerry’s plot to help Holly get over his death and move on with her life.

Even though the plot line is a little predictable, director Richard LaGravenese definitely doesn’t bore his audience. You will not only laugh with Holly and her friends, but also cry with them as they go through life’s changes together.

One of the main downfalls in the movie, though, is the lack of detail. A lot of things are unclear all throughout the movie, but some of these can be picked up with numerous viewings of the film.

The music, however, makes up for the lack of detail. It is actually one of the best features of the movie overall. All throughout the film, the Pogues’ sweet song “Love You til the End” is incorporated. Not only is this one of the best songs by the band, but a fitting song for the movie. Another one of their greatest songs is also included, added in perfect timing to make a sad scene more joyful.

The final song, by Flogging Molly, is also perfect for the movie and a great way to close the film.

There is more, though, to the movie after the final cut. The deleted scenes are definitely worth checking out. With a few of them, there is a clear reason why they were deleted, but the others are some of the best scenes in the movie. They clear things up that were ambiguous in the final cut and also explain more of what is going on with the other characters’ lives.

By the end, Holly accomplishes more than what Gerry could have ever wished for. She experiences new things that she wouldn’t have done without his help, but also learns to do things on her own.

“P.S I Love You” is an inspiring movie that will bring tears to your eyes and joy to your heart.