You’re a discerning film fan, so you’ve likely heard of the Star Trek movie rule: the odd numbered films are bad, and the even ones uniformly good.
I’d like to offer my spin on that tried-and-tested truism, with regards to cinematic adaptations of Nick Hornby books: for every bad one we get, we’re due to good ones. By that logic, Juliet, Naked should be a smash!
Following Fever Pitch (bad), High Fidelity (good), About A Boy (good) and A Long Way Down (oh-so-bad), the fifth film to be taken from a Hornby novel has certainly got a lot going for it. We don’t talk about the Americanised Fever Pitch remake around here, FYI.
Directed — perhaps appropriately — by former Lemonheads guitarist Jesse Peretz (Girls, Our Idiot Brother), Juliet, Naked stars Chris O’Dowd as deadbeast muso Duncan, whose obsession over cult singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke) drives a wedge between him and long-term girlfriend Annie (Rose Byrne).
So far, so High Fidelity. The twist in the tale comes when Annie develops an unlikely romance with Tucker after slagging of a collection of newly-released demos of his most popular album in a review on Duncan’s otherwise-fawning Crowe fansite.
Juliet, Naked will be released in UK cinemas on the 2 November 2018.