Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell grace the Indian screens with the much-anticipated Hollywood film, “Anyone But You,” directed by Will Gluck. This romantic comedy, loosely based on William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” brings forth a mix of charm and clichés, creating a rollercoaster of emotions.
The story revolves around commitment-phobic law student Beatrice (Sweeney) and finance corporate guy Ben (Powell), whose paths cross in an amusing encounter at a coffee shop. Despite a passionate first date, misunderstandings lead to their separation, triggering the intervention of family and friends playing Cupid.
Engaging Opening Scene: The movie kicks off with an unexpected yet delightful meeting between Beatrice and Ben, providing a refreshing start that sets the stage for the unfolding tale.
Compelling Lead Characters: Beatrice and Ben capture attention effortlessly, with their initial friction paving the way for an inevitable connection. The audience is drawn into their lives, eager to witness the development of their relationship.
Chemistry Triumphs: The film’s strength lies in the chemistry between Beatrice and Ben. Despite the thin characterization, Powell’s instant charm and Sweeney’s portrayal keep the audience invested in their unfolding romance.
Clever ‘Titanic’ Nod: Cleverly incorporating a nod to “Titanic” and subverting gender roles, the film adds layers to its narrative. The cinematography skillfully showcases Australia’s picturesque beauty, enriching the overall viewing experience.
Thin Plot and Repetitive Scenes: The film falters in its wafer-thin plot, facing challenges when Ben and Beatrice’s romance is cut short by easily solvable misunderstandings. Repetitive scenes and contrived dialogues hinder creative development, relying on humor and visual appeal.
Missed Potential for Depth: Despite the stellar performances of Sweeney and Powell, the film falls short of exploring the potential depth in the characters’ grief and struggles. The narrative clings to a single thread, missing an opportunity to become a more profound semi-classic.
“Anyone But You” offers a delightful yet somewhat predictable experience. While it may lack substance in its storyline, the film’s brevity and delightful moments, coupled with the lead actors’ performances, make it a pleasant watch. With a rating of 2.5/5 stars, it might be worth considering for an OTT viewing rather than a trip to the theaters.