Sunday, 24 May 2009

Movie Review: Serendipity

I am not such a great fan of English movies but I do like certain movies. So when my friend told me about this John Cusack--Kate Beckinsale starrer "Serendipity", I was damn sure that I had to catch this movie come what may. Most of our Bollywood movies are blatantly copied from English movies, so I felt that this movie offers a lot of scope to be remade as an Indian movie.

On a bustling shopping day in winter, Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) bumps into Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) when they both try to buy the same pair of gloves at a departmental store in Bloomingdale. Two strangers amid the masses in New York, their paths collide in the mad holiday rush as they feel a mutual attraction. Despite the fact that both are involved in a relationship, Jonathan and Sara spend the evening in Manhattan. The night reaches its inevitable end and the two are forced into determining some kind of next step. When the smitten Jonathan suggests an exchange of phone numbers, Sara balks and proposes an idea that will allow fate to take control of their future. Sara asks Jonathan to write his name and phone number on a $5 dollar bill, while she writes her name and number on the inside cover of a used copy of Love In The Time of Cholera. If they are meant to be together, she tells him, they will find their way back into one another's life.

The majority of the film takes place five years later, and consists of largely repeated "almost coincidences" where the two romantic leads almost, but not quite, meet. One character is seen walking in to one door of a building at the exact same instant as the other character walks out of a different door in the same building. I wouldn't say it is a worth-watching movie but just watch it for the romantic and feel-good story.

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