Review: Love & Gelato is Bright and Lively But Risk-Averse

My first thought after hearing the premise of ‘Love & Gelato’ was why they were remaking ‘The Lizzie McGuire Movie’ (2003); it’s wonderful andIt is perfect as it is is. But Hollywood’s tendency to resurrect long-dead IPs notwithstanding, it turns out that ‘Love & Gelato’ isActually, it is based on American author Jenna Evans Welch’s 2016 debut novel of the same name, which also serves as the first book in her ‘Love & Gelato’ series. DirectedBy Brandon Camp (‘Love Happens’), who also adapted Welch’s novel for the screen, the 112-minute-long film takes its audience on a breezy ride through the alleys of Rome in a predictable — and yet, thoroughly enjoyable — journey.

‘Love & Gelato’ revolves around Lina Emerson (Susanna Skaggs), a high-school graduate who has recently lost her mother, HadleyTo cancer. SheThe past few years she hoped her mother would be better and put her life on hold. NowAs LinaArrives in Rome to honor her mother’s “living wish” (that’s what HadleyIt was called it). LinaThe sudden change in pace in her daily life has made her feel overwhelmed. Before her daughter, HadleyIt was ItalyWhen she was around Lina’s age andShe used to say that the visit had changed her life. But she never elaborated on this. AfterThe initial shock at the cultural differences has subsided. LinaStarts a journey of healing and self-discovery.

SheAlso, she finds herself at the centre of a blossoming romance triangle with two very archetypal people Italian young men. Lorenzo Ferrazza (Tobia De Angelis) aspires to be a chef, whereas Alessandro Albani (Saul Nanni) is an investment banker’s handsome and rebellious son. Lina didn’t have a boyfriend in high school, andThe sudden attention of the boys caught her off guard. SheHer mother’s diary is her refuge, and she finds comfort in it. HadleyShe also had her fair share of insecurities while waltzing around RomeAll those years ago.

Review: Love & Gelato is Bright and Lively But Risk-Averse

Although WelchIt was stated in a June 2022 interview that she didn’t mind the changes made in the NetflixHer readers might feel the opposite. CertainSome aspects of the narrative were drastically changed or trimmed to make it more cinematic. and these efforts often didn’t have their desired results. However, Camp still has managed to keep true to the core aspect of the source material — the relationship between Lina andHer mother.

SkaggsWho is it? isThe most famous for their portrayal Haley Clark on AMC’s period drama series ‘Halt and Catch Fire,’ makes her cinematic debut with this film. ShePlays LinaWith enough vulnerability to give her performances andThe film itself has some legitimacy. Valentina Lodovini (‘L’afide e la formica’) and Owen McDonnell (‘Killing Eve‘) are dependable as Lina’s godmother Francesca and Francesca’s cousin Howard RileyWhile Nanni and De AngelisFollow the script.

Review: Love & Gelato is Bright and Lively But Risk-Averse

Like Welch’s book, ‘Love and Gelato’ isIt is a summer romance that is simply perfect. It’s bright andColorful and lively. CampKnows the limitations of the genre he isHere is where you can experiment. HeIntroduces common tropes in romantic comedies throughout the film only to reverse them later. ThisIt gives the plot a freshness that adds to its appeal is often missing in Netflix’s most romantic comedies.

SinceThere have been movies. RomeIt has been a popular location for filming. Hollywood filmmakers. From ‘Roman Holiday’ (1953) to ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ (2004) to ‘Spectre‘ (2015) (and yes, ‘The Lizzie McGuire Movie’) — films have interpreted the ancient city in their own unique way. ‘Love & Gelato’ adds to this ever-expanding conversation, depicting the Italian capital through the prism of a daughter’s grief and wistfulness.

Review: Love & Gelato is Bright and Lively But Risk-Averse

GivenThe source material may have sequels. isThere is a high chance that Netflix has plans to develop more films set inThe same fictional world, just as they have done with ‘The Kissing Booth‘ (2018) and ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before‘ (2018). For all its mediocrity, ‘Love & Gelato’ isA decent first entry in a possible film series.

ArguablyThe biggest problem with this film? is that it’s risk-averse like its protagonist. AsThe film reverses the rom-com tropes as mentioned above is a welcomed measure, but it’s not enough. MoreoverThe film stays true to its core principles. Welch’s novel isThis is also not enough. InIt may not have lost its soul in the process of adaptation, but it has lost its identity. is gone.

Rating: 3/5

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