Director: Augustine Frizzell Starring: Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner, Nabhaan Rizwan, Joe Alwyn Running Time: 109 minutes
There is an art to the particular kind of romance that we call the melodrama, and though some associate the term with gaudy, over the top antics, the melodrama has a rich history in cinema that is tapped into far too rarely these days. True melodrama, human sense and sensibilities brought to life more largely on the big screen, has brought us some of our greatest cinematic storytellers, from Douglas Sirk to Pedro Almódovar. We think of the blockbuster as all action, crash, bang, wham all immersed in IMAX, in part because that’s 90% of what we get at the multiplex these days. If action and superhero movies spark our excitement for immense physical feats and kinetic storytelling though, movies like The Last Letter From Your Lover can provide alternative, and engaging, popcorn movie extravagance, with immense yearning, electrifying feats of feeling to feast on.