The idea of you

The idea of you
Original title:The idea of you
Director:Michael Showalter
Release:Prime Video
Running time:116 minutes
Release date:02 may 2024
Solène, a 40-year-old single mother, begins an unexpected romance with Hayes Campbell, 24, lead singer of August Moon, the hottest boy band on the planet. When Solène has to chaperone her teenage daughter's trip to the Coachella music festival after her ex bails at the last minute, she meets Hayes by chance and the spark is instantaneous and undeniable. As they begin a whirlwind romance, Hayes' superstar status soon poses inevitable challenges to their relationship, and Solène soon discovers that life in Hayes' spotlight may be more than she bargained for.

Mulder's Review

Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine bring a nuanced tale to life in The Idea of You, a film directed by Michael Showalter, adapted from Robinne Lee's best-selling novel. In this unexpected romantic drama, Hathaway plays Solène Marchand, a 40-year-old divorced art gallery owner in Los Angeles, who unexpectedly falls in love with Hayes Campbell, a 24-year-old pop star played by Galitzine. The film explores their chance meeting at Coachella, where Solène, initially there to accompany her daughter, has a chance encounter that will change her life.

Anne Hathaway, in the role of Solène, delivers a performance that is both radiant and deeply moving. Her portrayal of a woman rediscovering her passions and the complexities of new love as she approaches forty is riveting. Anne Hathaway's ability to convey a range of emotions, from the joy of newfound love to the societal pressures of dating a younger, more famous man, is the film's anchor. Her relationship with Nicholas Galitzine is remarkable for its authenticity, bringing a palpable energy that drives their unconventional love story forward.

Nicholas Galitzine's portrayal of Hayes Campbell offers a fresh look at the life of a young music star caught between the demands of fame and the desire for authentic personal relationships. Nicholas Galitzine's performance is particularly notable for the depth he brings to his character; he's not just the typical boy band star, but a thoughtful individual grappling with his public persona and private desires. The musical performances, integral to his role, are convincing, showcasing Galitzine's musical talents alongside his acting prowess.

Under Michael Showalter's direction, The Idea of You transforms from a straightforward romantic drama into a commentary on modern relationships, celebrity culture and the dynamics of aging. Michael Showalter's subtle hand guides the story through its stages, from light-hearted beginnings to deeper, more thoughtful explorations of love and societal judgment. His approach respects the source material while bringing new visual and emotional depth to the story.

The film cleverly tackles the issue of the double standards concerning age and gender that prevail in society and the media. Solène's journey through the public eye and her own doubts highlights the pressures women face when they defy conventional expectations. Michael Showalter and the script don't shy away from showing the harsh judgments and internal battles that accompany a public, unconventional relationship.

Supporting actors, notably Reid Scott as Solène's ex-husband and Ella Rubin as her daughter, add further layers to the story, depicting the different ways in which family and societal expectations can complicate personal happiness. The screenplay, co-written by Jennifer Westfeldt, tackles these complex themes with a blend of wit and sensitivity, offering the characters dialogue that resonates with authenticity and emotional truth.

Cinematography and set design play an important role in contrasting Solène's ordinary world with Hayes' extraordinary life. From vibrant scenes at Coachella to more intimate moments in Solène's art gallery and their travels across Europe, the film uses its visual elements to reinforce the emotional impact of the story.

The Idea of You is more than just a romantic film; it's a thoughtful exploration of love, age and the courage to accept life's unexpected turns. Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine deliver performances that make their characters' journey a credible and compelling portrait of finding love where you least expect it. Directed with a keen sense of romance and realism, Michael Showalter's film is an important addition to the romantic comedy genre, one that will appeal to those seeking depth and authenticity in their cinematic experiences.

The Idea of You
Directed by Michael Showalter
Written by Michael Showalter, Jennifer Westfeldt
Based on The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
Produced by Cathy Schulman, Gabrielle Union, Anne Hathaway, Robinne Lee, Eric Hayes, Michael Showalter, Jordana Mollick
Starring Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Galitzine
Cinematography : Jim Frohna
Edited by Peter Teschner
Music by Siddhartha Khosla
Production companies : Amazon MGM Studios, Somewhere Pictures, Welle Entertainment, I'll Have Another, Belle Hope Productions
Distributed by Amazon Prime Video
Release dates : March 16, 2024 (SXSW), May 2, 2024 (United States, France)
Running time : 116 minutes

Viewed on April 27, 2024 (Prime video screener)

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