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Five surprising stars!
on September 30, 2014
This extraordinary film succeeds on many levels. The screenplay, direction, casting, cinematography, and acting are all top notch, but what really sets Just Say Love apart is its faithfulness to its origins. Whereas so many films based on plays/musicals fail miserably, this film's faithfulness to its original form is precisely what makes it the very special film it is. It embraces its origins, and what results is a film of beautiful simplicity.
In less capable hands, Just Say Love might have felt somehow confined or restricted. But the screenplay is written by the playwright, David J. Mauriello, and his skills clearly both guide and shape the film.
Finally, I was quite impressed with the performances of the two leads. The dance, push and pull, the sexual tension between these two characters is palpable from the first time we witness their initial encounter and the intensity never diminishes.
What might have been a heavy handed and overly philosophical movie is surprisingly captivating. The viewer cannot look away from the exploration of the nature of attraction and love as the relationship between the two characters develops.
Just Say Love is a captivating, and surprisingly engaging film.