At first glance, it seems that whether audiences will swoon for One Day – with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as friends whose ever-changing two-decade relationship we see one day each year – has everything to do with Hathaway’s star presence. But she is just one part of the three-way powerhouse behind the film.
Sturgess is the film’s true discovery, an actor who has done fantastic work in films like 21 and Across the Universe, and who deserves a breakthrough. He makes Dexter, whose tumultuous life shapes the film, an unforgettable charmer. If you missed my video interview with Sturgess, who can watch it here.
Director Lone Scherfig, astutely pointing to the film’s allure, told me in a separate interview that she sees One Day as a romance in the mold of The Way We Were, the kind of movie rarely made anymore. You can watch our conversation here.
This trailer gives a good sense of the film’s appeal, minus the weepy ending that Scherfig pulls off so effectively.