The Boy Downstairs Film – Review – Opens in UK Cinemas – Friday 8th June 2018
Do you love a good “Rom- Com“? That’s Romantic-Comedy for those who didn’t know – If so, read on, if not, keep reading as I may be able to convince you to give this genre a chance.
It’s been a while since i’ve been invited to review this genre of film and to be honest I was so excited to see it, as this is definitely the type of film I would truthfully run to the cinema to see on opening weekend if possible.
Lately i’ve reviewed lots of horrors, thrillers and romantic dramas and even comedy-horrors but not a romantic comedy, which I can say, is my favourite type of film – hands down.
I know people who argue that this genre has a predictable formula;
- Boy meets Girl
- some conflict thrown in the middle
- Boy and Girl get together
- Happily ever after
- The End.
Well, films are so much more sophisticated with their plot-writing these days, this film starts in the “Some conflict thrown in the middle” – but it’s actually the beginning of the movie – Top marks for an very intriguing beginning 🙂
Have a peep at the trailer…
After spending a year in London with her grandmother, Diana (Zosia Memhet) moves back to New York and into a new apartment, all is good until she realises that her ex-boyfriend, Ben (Matthew Shear) lives downstairs in the basement apartment!
What’s a girl to do? It would be rude not to knock and say wouldn’t it – I mean, they are neighbours now…
This film is directed by newbie, Sophie Brooks – What a fantastic debut film – Go Sophie!
The script is funny and real, with some real ‘cringe’ moments when I really felt for the characters, especially Diana. Zosia Mamet is perfect for the role, I found her so relatable and normal and very, very funny.
Ben is such a cutie and is so shy and awkward at times, that I just wanted to give him a cuddle and say “It will be OK, don’t worry so much”.
Diana’s landlady, Amy (Deirdre O’Connell) was a lovely friend to her, I really liked her.
The themes running through this film, included;
- Friendship – the one’s that easily continue, even after years apart friendships that blossom even with an age/generation gap & Is it possible to be friends with your ex?
- Relationships – Father & Daughter, Boyfriend & Father in Law.
The main question in my head after watching this film was, how much truth is there in the saying,
“If you love someone, let them go”?
I mean, shouldn’t we be fighting hard for what we want or in this case, who we want or is that just being selfish?
Get down to cinemas this weekend to see this fantastic film with a great cast – A great date night movie or a Girls’ night out film!
Opens in UK Cinemas on Friday 8th June 2018