From the people who brought you Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary comes new romantic comedy What’s Love Got To Do With It? Zoe (Lily James) is an award winning documentary maker whose next project is to film lifelong neighbor and best friend Kaz’s (Shazad Latif) journey into an assisted marriage.
I loved every single thing about this movie.
It was charming and funny, which wasn’t a surprise. The cast lend a hand in that, particularly with the likes of Emma Thompson who stars as Zoe’s mom Cath and Mo the Matchmaker (Asim Chaudhry) who has a couple of scene stealing scenes. The script is witty with many laugh out loud moments as well as some heartwarming ones too.
In addition, it was very educational. I learned about the Pakistani culture which is super vibrant and colorful; it’s people bursting at the seams with pride. I also took in all the information about assisted marriage. Like Zoe, I thought this was something that was outdated and old fashioned. Turns out I was wrong – not only is it still very much a thing, but it has had quite a high success rate over the years. I don’t blame Kaz for wanting to follow in his parents’ and brothers’ footsteps in that regard.
What also worked was the chemistry between James and Latif. I’ve been a fan of the former ever since I saw her in 2015’s version of Cinderella and I always wish she’d star in more projects. As for Latif, he nicely balanced her out and I was waiting in bated breath for them to realize their true feelings for one another.
What’s Love Got To Do With It? ticked all the boxes for me. I had the biggest smile on my face throughout and I definitely think it will become one of those British classics that I will revisit time and time again.