Romantic films are hard to make. People who watch romance films have seen it all, beginning from love triangles to old age love. People who aren’t fans of romance films are out to ignore the film already. Therefore, to make a romance film work today, you need to have the perfect script, realistic characters with whom the audience can connect and drama that is as realistic as it is heart wrenching. This week sees the launch of the Netflix Original film, Set It Up. Does it work, we find out.
Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch play two underpaid and hard-working assistants to uber rich people, one owns a website and the other is an investor banker. Because they are of the opposite gender, the two assistants decide to play matchmakers for them. Good on paper, but of course, there are several issues that the two need to look out for, before their bosses can even meet each other.
What’s Wow: Set It Up works because of the unique storyline and the performances of the main cast. Zoey Harper has a cute, dorky demeanour about her that makes her character so connectible. Glen Powell is good at what he does. Claire Scanlon does a good job of showing off the busy, busy world that our protagonists live in. Katie Silberman writes a script that’s as engaging as its forward moving.
Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs give an enthusiastic performance. Even if their characters aren’t written quite well, they are a treat to watch, especially Lucy Liu, who has shown she has comic timing in films like Charlie’s Angels. The best part of this film is the script, which turns it all around.
What’s Blah: The film could have done with a bit of editing, but that doesn’t mean that the film is a boring one.
Parting Shot: Set It Up is a warm romantic film that you could watch with that special someone.
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu
Directed by: Claire Scanlon
Produced by : Juliet Berman, Justin Nappi
Set It Up is now streaming on Netflix.
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