At one point the film felt like it was going to go on all day.
One Day follows two good friends through 20 years of their lives together. The characters are Dexter (Sturgess) and Emma (Hathaway). Every day in the film comprises of one to four scenes before moving onto the next year.
As the film goes on we see the ups and downs of both their lives and their continuing friendship with each other.
The plot structure of this film doesn’t work at all. The whole “follow these characters one day out of every year” gimmick doesn’t service the characters in the way it was likely intended. This film didn’t feel like it took place over the course of 20 years, either. For a while it seemed like this whole thing could have taken place in six months or a year.
The problem is that most of the days there is a situation going on, however we don’t know how the situation started or how it will end since we are only following one day. The audience is basically left to assume everything.
Another problem is that there was no real reason the two characters were apart for such a long length of time. It was understandable in the movie “When Harry Met Sally” since that relationship actually took time and in each part of their life they seemed to grow closer. Here, the two are already close.
The characters could have been better. It seemed that both lead actors were trying, especially Hathaway with the whole accent thing and all. It’s just that they weren’t given enough to do hear. Not in terms of dialogue, but in terms of time to develop their characters and the chemistry needed to portray this relationship on the screen.
Overall, I guess this film was a nice experiment to try. Apparently the one day concept worked well in the book which is a best seller, but on the big screen the whole concept just falls flat on its face and it kills any chance of developing a good romance story. Add on top that there is a cheap trick just to get an emotional impact from the audience puts this at a 1 out of 5.