Don’t click play, until you’ve read this!
I have been eagerly anticipating this moment for a long time. The day they not only announced the production of an adaptation of One Day but also David Nicholls was taken the reigns to write the script was a very exciting moment. An international bestseller this book became a personal favourite after reading it in a weekend unable to put it down.
When casting was announced I was slightly dubious. Anne Hathaway as Emma? Well, Hathaway has been in a few British roles. She played Jane Austen, in a very Hollywood take of the author’s life, again Hollywood shipped her over for an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, all well and good, as long as she wasn’t talking to a fellow American when her accent seeped through the cracks, annoying a whole nation. Not that I’m saying that adopting an English accent is easy, I admire any actor willing to take on the challenge but when it comes to beloved roles and films which hold such high expectations, it should be kept in safe and steady hands.
With Hathaway still in mind, without even watching the trailer you’ll be able to guess that Emma’s Yorkshire accent has been abandoned for some posh version of how American’s think we sound. This is very dissapointing, not only because I myself am from Yorkshire but it is a key element of Emma and Dexter’s relationship. He is born into privilege boasting a country manor as a childhood home, where as Emma’s more humble upbringings in Leeds provides another dynamic to their friendship, their humour and respect for each other.
The trailer is obviously intended for a US audience with hopefully a less dumbed-down, soppy version being released in the UK soon. If you haven’t read the book yet then don’t hit the play button, it gives far too much of the story away. Instead of a clever and quirky film that makes British films brilliant, the trailer seems to portray a soppy rom-com when we all know the book delivers so much more. I, more than anyone, hope to be proved wrong when the film is released in cinemas this August. Only time will tell!
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