Movie review: One Day
Some viewers might compare One Day to the 2008 Singapore film, The Leap Years, since the stories in both films straddle different years, focusing on a particular day of each year.
Both stories are also based on published books – One Day is adapted from a best-selling 2009 novel of the same name by David Nicholls, who doubles as screenwriter here, while the other is based on Singapore author Catherine Lim’s novella, Leap Of Love, where two lovers meet on the same day every leap year.
The premise of One Day is less contrived. On July 15, 1988, upon their university graduation, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) spend a day together, marking the start of a long friendship.
The story then takes a glimpse at every July 15 over the next two decades, as Emma struggles through a dead-end waitressing job to later become a children’s book author, and Dexter becomes dependent on alcohol and drugs while working as a flashy TV host.