“Rosaline” (Hulu) – Movie Review by Rafy Mediavilla (@Rmediavilla)
Left heartbroken after Romeo begins to pursue her cousin Juliet, Rosaline schemes to foil the famous romance and win back her guy in this comedic twist of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Yes we know we all know that I’m not a fan of RomComs, romantic comedies are not my thing and I really do try my best to avoid them at all costs. But when I was offered to review Rosaline there were something about this one specifically that I just couldn’t get away from. And let me just start by saying that I’m absolutely glad I gave this movie a chance and I believed you should do too.
I believe the first thing that attracted me to the movie was when I watched the trailer and I saw that this is not a remake, this is not a reboot and in a world where Hollywood is constantly trying to reinvent basically the same story it was refreshing to see a classic story from a different point of view. The second thing that attracted me to the movie was the cast starting with Kaitlyn Dever, and Isabela Merced, which both absolutely carried the film from start o finish. Their third and final saying that attracted me to the movie was the killer soundtrack.
Story wise this is Romeo and Juliet but from Rosaline’s point of view. And much like any romcom I was completely invested in knowing how far Rosaline would go I push in the story that we already know and love, in order to turn everything around in her favor. Yet love works in mysterious ways, and by the third act and how the story develops we beginning to understand how this is going to end.
Dever was awesome as Rosaline, much like in real life I feel a lot of people are going to relate to her character and what she’s trying to do to get his relationship back. Merced on the other hand was also amazing as Juliet because to me this Juliet is a completely unique Juliet to the ones we have seen before. Physical comedy plays huge role in the way this story gets told and how these characters interact so that was something new that I enjoyed,
If we dive into all those technical aspects of the movie their production design also shines, the wardrobe, the makeup, but these things are given because of the nature of the story what he’s trying to recreate. When it comes to the soundtrack is as if a page was taken from Bridgeton in Netflix and we adapt these pop classics to this story from “The Boy Is Mind” to “All by Myself” though “It Must Have Been Love” to “Dancing on My Own” though “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” all the different songs and how they were used work flawlessly.
in the end the movie works as intended to have a good time with your special someone watching a romantic comedy of a timeless classic told from the perspective of the ex, which in my opinion is a huge win story wise. It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s relatable and that’s really all that truly matters when it comes to RomComs, and that’s why I highly recommend you give this movie a watch.