FILMS… Juliet Naked (2018)



He is the Music Man (in a film that you’d not find on the top shelf)…


A British American Rom Com highlighting just why you should write how you feel. Naturally.


JULIET NAKED Official Trailer (2018) Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne Comedy Movie HD, ONE Media and photos © Universal Pictures


Remember that movie you hated? Just possibly so did the star so much so they might write to you personally with a shared disgust and then fall madly in love with you. This the premise of Juliet, Naked (2018), a new cinema release.

I half-read the Nick Hornby book of this film adaptation with the racy title last year. This written by the man who wrote  About a Boy (2002) and High Fidelity (2000). The story Juliet, Naked telling how Annie meets the apparently disillusioned, singer-songwriter of her live-in boyfriend’s dreams doing just that.

The film tells of Annie (Rose Byrne) whose boyfriend Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) is totally obsessed with the singer and songwriter Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). To illustrate this Duncan has one wall at their home dedicated to Crowe with cuttings and posters. As you do, but only if you are a cop and you then join all these pictures together with red string to indicate the trail to find a serial killer. Or you are 14 years old and in love with a drummer/pop star/film idol (delete as applicable).

Fate intervenes as Crowe’s acoustic demo track falls literally on their doorstep. Annie adds a scathing review of the music to Duncan’s website – and homage – on Crowe. This leads to her receiving an email from the music man himself and he agrees with her appraisal. After Annie and Crowe share more correspondence, it leads to an unexpected encounter between them.

Then romance.. after she splits with Duncan. This is possibly many a blogger’s deep down wish after their review where they disliked a, b or c with favourite acting talent. And before you ask I really have no designs on Ryan Gosling and Chris Hemsworth, after my vents on The Notebook (2004) and Vacation (2015) movies (well maybe the latter, but that’s not important right now).

How does the trailer look? Admittedly, I was nervous about putting the film title into the search engine, just in case I literally got a naked Juliet or a whole army of them. So I added a comma and release year. These were added in case my computer screen suddenly asked me to confirm my age and I got my Date Of Birth in the wrong order in a panic. The computer allowing me no access to anything ever again, leaving me to review children’s movies till the end of time.

The film looks terribly nice and British, and a film I could probably watch with my mother. Byrne as our heroine looks, dresses and sounds terribly English in a convincing way. Admittedly, I’m relieved that the powers that be didn’t make her American.

O’Dowd also appears perfect casting as he does seem how I imagined Duncan to be in a movie life. Ethan Hawke looks like a grizzly bearded Josh Brolin and shows he can fit in perfectly in a British rom-com. All have a good credible comic rapport in their scenes together.

Chances are, it won’t make it to the big screen here in Finland. So by default, I’ll have to watch it on TV via DVD. Therefore I’ll miss all those red-faced folks asking for a couple of tickets to see Juliet Naked… and trying to convince all it is a rom-com. Including their mother…




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