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Rosaline takes a classic story and gives it a new perspective. The film has a lot of heart, the dialogue is funny and the characters are well-rounded.
There are no spoilers in this review of the Hulu movie Rosaline.
Rosaline is a comedic retelling of a classic Shakespearean love story, told from the perspective of Romeo’s ex. Directed by Karen Maine and loosely based on the novel when you were mine by Rebecca Serle, the movie stars Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable) in the title role.
At the beginning of the movie Romeo (Kyle Allen) is a frequent visitor to Rosaline’s balcony. The two lovers must hide their romance from Rosaline’s father (brilliantly played by Bradley Whitford) as she is a member of the Capulet family while he is a Montague. However, the feud between their families is not the only thing causing a rift in their relationship. Rosaline is a little too independent and ambitious even for Romeo’s liking. She also can’t express her feelings, when he says “I love you” she meets him with silence. To make matters worse, Rosaline’s father is determined to marry off the headstrong girl, one suitor is Dario (Sean Teele), a young man whom she constantly rejects, yet asks for his help whenever she needs it.
When Romeo meets Rosaline’s cousin Juliet (Isabela Mercedes), the two fall madly in love. He completely forgets about our titular heroine and so begins the romantic tale that made Shakespeare famous. However, Rosaline is unwilling to let go of her first love, so she embarks on a ruthless campaign to sabotage the hapless lovers and convince Romeo that she, not Juliet, is his one true love.
The film does a lot of things right. It’s charming, funny and captivating. While in “a long time ago” Verona is set, Rosaline takes up current issues. The main character acts like a “crazy ex” who won’t stop writing letters even though he’s ghosted them. She takes an innocent Juliet to a “bar” to keep her away from Romeo. Despite all her efforts, she cannot help but fall in love with her younger cousin. Romeo himself isn’t portrayed as much of a Fang, and that’s probably intentional. This film focuses more on exploring the relationship between the two rival cousins than looking at their respective love stories, which become secondary but nonetheless endearing. Rosaline is set in a time when women didn’t have a voice, so it makes sure they give them one.
Overall the cast is fantastic. Christopher McDonald plays the misogynistic Lord Caputa to perfection. Bradley Whitford is superb as a desperate father trying to get his daughter to act like other girls. Minnie Driver doesn’t come up short as a nurse who’s a little frustrated with her job, while Spencer Stevenson brings a fabulous twist to Paris, the guy Juliet got engaged to against her (or his) will.
While there’s no shortage of Romeo and Juliet Adaptations takes this one classic story and gives it a new perspective. The film has a lot of heart, the dialogue is funny and the characters are well-rounded. Watching Kaitlyn Dever’s character evolve from a dumped ex to a compassionate young woman who wants to do the right thing was joyous. Hulu Rosaline is a charming tale of love, friendship and personal growth, well worth a stream or two.
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