We’ll Never Have Paris – Review


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Genre: Romance, Comedy
Direction: Simon Helberg, Jocelyn Towne
Cast: Simon Helberg, Melanie Lynskey, Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto, Jason Ritter, Alfred Molina
Running Time: 92 minutes

The story revolves around Quinn, a twenty-eight year old frail guy who is in a long term relationship with Devon for ten years. Quinn is about to ask Devon to marry him, but faces a mental crisis, he thinks he has mistaken complacency for love as he has been with one woman his entire life. So, he wants to fool around experimenting his love life and decides to break up with her. Later, he realizes that he has done a terrible mistake and wants to get back together with Devon. And this takes him to Paris.

Romantic comedies are always ‘feel-good’ movies and you will like most of them if you restrict yourselves from finding logical explanations. Helberg’s performance is the main attraction of the film. We all know about his comic timing, but he proves his versatility in a romantic role. Both Helberg and Lynskey are not new to this genre, both have had their share of experience working in sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory and Two and Half Men. Still they manage to impress the audience with their fresh performances. Quinto does a good job playing Jameson, Quinn’s go-to friend who chips in with advices whenever Quinn needs one. Maggie Grace plays the character of Kelsey, a long time friend of Quinn and is in love with him.

The movie is based on a true story and Helberg’s writing makes it even better. Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne have done a fine work directing the film. Another good aspect of the film is the cinematography, be it the close solo face shots, the one to one interactions or the backdrop shot of Eiffel tower, the whole of it is amazing.

I don’t guarantee the film to be a laugh riot, but the character of Quinn will definitely make you laugh. Dialogues like “I’m sorry I don’t cook. My family ordered in a lot more when I was a kid.” and “I think I would like to be buried here today if possible.” shows Quinn’s sense of humor.

The music of the film is also commendable. I personally liked the song which plays during the ending credits. I would recommend you to watch the film even if you are not much into romantic comedies. The movie is not predictable and you will surely like it.

Akash Chaudhuri
Email Id: akashchaudhuri93@gmail.com
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