Lone Scherfig‘s followup to her acclaimed “An Education” is not lacking in talent. Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, and based on the best-selling novel by David Nicholls, our expectations that were once running were somewhat dashed when the first trailer for the film dropped last month.
However, a new U.K. spot for the film has landed and while not perfect, it is a slight improvement over its predecessor mostly in that it drops the standard rom-com template. The story follows Dexter (Sturgess), a spoiled rich TV host and Emma (Hathaway), a politically minded, insecure, working class Yorkshire girl, who meet on the same day, July 15th, for the 20 years after they share a one-night stand together at university. Certainly, the drama is much more deeply felt in this recent trailer but problems still abound. Hathaway’s accent is kind of dreadful, the dialogue remains clunky in spots and we’re still not seeing what will elevate this past your standard romcom. But we’re hoping this is just a of case of the film getting marketed to bring in a crowd and that the final result is something a bit richer and more dynamic than films of this ilk.
“One Day” opens on August 19th. Check out the trailer below.