“‘Til death do you part, as long as you both shall live.”
What happens then when death parts two people too soon and without warning?
Based on the Best Selling novel of the same title by Cecilia Ahern, P.S I Love You begs the question of what one would do if the love of their life was taken away. Meet Holly (played by Hilary Swank), a beautiful young woman recently widowed after an illness takes her husband of nine years, Jerry (Gerard Butler) from her.
After Jerry’s death, Holly becomes obsessed with memories already lived and words left unsaid. She wallows in self-guilt and pity amongst pictures of her deceased husband, calling his cell phone for the sake of hearing his voice and wearing his clothes.
Holly seems content to live in the past before the letters begin to arrive a day after her 30th birthday. Through a series of letters written before his death, Jerry walks Holly through a life without him. Each letter, attached with requests and accompanied by elaborate props, proposes that Holly take several fun chances with her life. Each letter ends with the same line, “P.S. I love you.”
Buy a new “knock-out” outfit. Be a disco diva. Learn to fish. Take a chance. Travel. Laugh. Love. Live. Through the quirky letters from her late husband, Holly slowly learns to live again when she thought that it wouldn’t be possible. Holly learns to realize what mattered in her life and what matters in life now that her husband is no longer around.
Overall, P.S I Love You is one of this reviewer’s favourite “chick-flicks” to date. Chalk-full of beautifully sad music, emotional roller coasters, perfectly timed flashbacks and comedic timing, P.S I Love You is a well-rounded film with guts and heart. While many argue that the film adaptation is nowhere near as great as Ahern’s novel, having read the novel and loved the film, P.S I Love You continues to win out over many other movies of the same genre. Not only is it beautifully filmed, but it sends a message: don’t be afraid to live life, don’t be scared to say the wrong things because who knows what the future holds for us?
I would suggest this film for a girl’s movie night or simply a night at home by yourself. However, it is imperative that you keep a Kleenex box close; this one will definitely induce crying at one point or another.