(This review may contain spoilers).
I have some mixed feelings about this movie. I liked the general atmosphere, but while I was watching, it felt very old-style… so when the characters used mobile phones or laptops, it seemed very strange.
I did like both Mia and Sebastian, but barring their first meeting, I didn’t really feel there was much in the way of conflict in their relationship. It wasn’t until more than halfway through that any real tension within their relationship came about.
I was disappointed not to see much depth to the secondary characters. Mia had some friends who only appeared in two scenes and had virtually nothing to differentiate them from each other; apart from the colours of the clothes they wore.
The music did add something of an atmosphere, but I didn’t think any of the songs were distinctive enough to make an impression. I wouldn’t have said this movie could have been called a musical, as the amount of songs seemed very low.
While Mia’s dream of being an actress was fairly obvious, it did take a little while for me to realise exactly what Sebastian’s dream was.
Although I mentioned earlier that there was very little conflict in the actual relationship, the story also lingered too long without any conflict outside. I would have liked to see more depth to Mia and Sebastian outside each other. For instance, Mia kept walking out of her job. And she also walked out on the dinner with her boyfriend (who wasn’t even mentioned for a lot of the film – I assumed Mia was single). But neither of those things cropped up again. And Sebastian’s rent was past due… but other than showing one notice, there was nothing else mentioned.
I have to say, I did find the ending disappointing. I felt there wasn’t enough of a buildup to it and although it could have worked… I just felt there wasn’t enough to the characters until towards the end. I was very bored for a lot of the movie and this wasn’t one I would watch again.