Why You’ll Love The One I Love (Spoiler-free)

Ashley Walton —  September 18, 2014 — 1 Comment

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When I’d seen posters for The One I Love, I wasn’t sold. It was only after I’d found myself near a movie theater, looking for something to do and a screening of the film starting in 10 minutes that I decided to jump on board—and I’m so glad I did.

From what I’d previously seen, I worried that the film would be sappy. I don’t gravitate toward romantic comedies, and even when I’m assured it’s not a “typical” one, I usually still want the two hours of my life back. So, in an effort to avoid revealing the twists and turns of this film—I highly recommend avoiding trailers and reviews—let me just get the cliché over with and say: this is not a typical romantic comedy. I don’t even know if I would classify it as such, but there you go.

Rest assured, while the slow reveals in The One I Love keep you attentive, the film does not solely rely on the element of surprise. It’s the film’s impressive acting, honest writing, and beautiful cinematography that make it stand out as one of the best films of the year, and the practical details ring true to anyone who has asked themselves: how do you figure yourself out enough to be happy?

Rather than simply being about romantic scuffles and humorous miscommunication, the film tackles more complex ideas about how to develop meaningful relationships with people—not in the abstract, not solely in the romantic arena, and not without messiness. It’s no easy feat, and yet the film pulls it off, where lesser writing and acting would come off as too preachy or neatly-packaged.

I have to stop myself before I say too much, but please do yourself a favor and go see this film.

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Ashley Walton

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Tarantino fanatic. Grammar snob. Tetris Master.

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  1. Top 6 Favorite Movies of 2014 | Geek Appetite: Serving up geek goodies & good eats - January 7, 2015

    […] One of the most underrated films of the year, The One I Love left me thoughtful, introspective, and eager to discuss. It’s a film that I finished and immediately wanted to see again– a film that took care to explain enough, but left things a little untidy and open to interpretation. Also, I can’t get over the performances of Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss. The film hinges on their subtlety and they deliver with cherries on top. For my spoiler-free review of the film, go here. […]

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