finding you

★★★

director: Brian Baugh (i'm not ashamed, the world we make)

starring: Jedidiah Goodacre, Katherine McNamara, Rose Reid and Saoirse-Monica Jackson

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

Finley, a talented aspiring violinist, meets Beckett, a famous young movie star, on the way to her college semester abroad program in a small coastal village in Ireland. An unexpected romance emerges as the heartthrob Beckett leads the uptight Finley on an adventurous reawakening

There’s nothing quite like settling into a cinema seat with your loved one with some popcorn and candy on a winter’s night for a good old romantic flick. While Finding You won’t be considered groundbreaking cinema, it is a sweet film that ticks all of the boxes you’d expect from a romantic film. 

 

After an ill-fated audition at a prestigious New York music conservatory, violinist Finley Sinclair (Rose Reid) travels to an Irish coastal village to begin her semester studying abroad. At the B&B run by her host family she encounters the gregarious and persistent heartthrob movie star Beckett Rush (Jedidiah Goodacre), who is there to film another installment of his medieval fantasy-adventure franchise. As romance sparks between the unlikely pair, Beckett ignites a journey of discovery for Finley that transforms her heart, her music, and her outlook on life.

 

Finding You is perfect date night material. It’s a sweet, romantic flick that even though you know where it’s going pretty quickly it still doesn’t damper your enjoyment of it. There are a few nods and winks to romantic films that have gone before, with Finding Love seeming to take most of its inspiration from the seminal rom com classic of the 90’s Notting Hill

 

Beckett loathes the person that he has become; a celebrity and product to be sold rather than an actor which makes him kinda cocky to cover up these feelings and issues. Finley doesn’t really care for him at first - perfect rom com material! Finding Love at times misses a couple of beats, not completely finding its heart as other more classic rom coms have in the past.   

 

While Finding You won’t be considered groundbreaking cinema, it is a sweet film that ticks all of the boxes you’d expect from a romantic film.

★★★

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