The idea of you Movie Review

Solène Marchand (Anne Hathaway) lives in Silver Lake, Los Angeles with her 16-year-old daughter Izzy (Ella Rubin). She is separated from her husband Daniel (Reid Scott) and runs an art gallery. Solène is all set to turn 40 and is about to go on a solo camping trip. Daniel, meanwhile, plans to take Izzy and her friends to Coachella where Izzy’s former favourite band, August Moon, is set to perform. Sadly, Daniel has to rush due to a work emergency and hence, Solène is compelled to take the kids to Coachella. At the festival, she bumps into Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine), the lead singer at August Moon. She, however, doesn’t know who he is at first. Hayes is impressed by her and meets her again after the festival. Both fall in love. Hayes calls her at first to New York and later to the European leg of August Moon’s tour. A lovestruck Solène joins him. Soon, it leads to problems and rest of the film forms.

THE IDEA OF YOU is based on the novel of the same name by Robinne Lee. The story is beaten to death. Michael Showalter and Jennifer Westfeldt’s screenplay, however, is breezy and peppered with touching scenes. The dialogues are witty and a few of them have the potential to go viral.

Michael Showalter’s direction is neat. He uses the conventional light-hearted romance template to execute the tale and it works. The story is predictable and the director makes sure that the love story blossoms between the lead characters organically. The chemistry is lovely, which also helps. The conflict in the tale is about the evils of social media and paparazzi and it gives a nice touch.
Anne Hathaway is marvellous as a performer and looks out of the world. It’s unbelievable how her mere presence lifts the impact of several scenes. More importantly, her performance is very relatable, especially the manner in which she performs in scenes where her character gets trolled due to her age. Nicholas Galitzine is effortless and leaves a mark. Ella Rubin is fair; her scene with the mother after the camping is memorable. Reid Scott lends able support.

On the whole, THE IDEA OF YOU is a beautiful love story. Thanks to the light-hearted mood and Anne Hathaway’s casting, the film is expected to fetch a huge viewership.