Personally, I love this film, it is a great romcom. Anna’s life revolves around schedules and times is completely thrown upside down when a ton of bad luck comes her way. Desperate to please her boyfriend while he’s away, she flies to him in Ireland to meet up, however on the way her flight is diverted to Wales due to a storm, and she sails in the rain to somewhere a little closer, then finally a car ride with a stranger all the way to Dublin, which is full of bumps and crashes. After disappointment when boyfriend of four years doesn’t propose to her, in a snap judgement Anna struggles to make her way to her boyfriend to propose to him instead, on the 29th February, an apparent tradition of Ireland. Unexpected journeys mean she, has to pretend she’s someone else’s wife, loses a car into a river, steps in cow poo, gate crashes a wedding, gets in a bar fight and walks miles in Ireland with Declan as a guide.
Two people from completely different worlds, meet in odd circumstances. Anna, played by Amy Adams, brilliant as she is, lives life with complete planning, scheduling and precise notes, nothing will stop her without a little bit of preparation. Declan (Matthew Goode), is the completely opposite, pessimistic and stuck in his routes. Forced to experience something new and try for once, Declan journeys for pure reason of money, and when planning and scheduling no longer works and bad luck is around every corner, Anna is unable to take control. They both bicker and squabble, hilariously, for the whole journey as they discover they could care about one another. But Dublin isn’t too far away and Anna’s got proposing to do.
The film is filled with cutesy romcom moments. The bad luck is repetitive throughout the film as it becomes comical that Anna would accidentally hit a bride in the face with her shoe and then pour red wine down the white wedding dress in apology. There are obviously many moments of cutesy romance, where these two forced together in squabbles and unfortunate circumstances. Anna’s determination and Declan’s pessimistic charm remain throughout the film as you fall in love with both characters. There is a lot of character building and you really become to know the characters on this journey of hail, rain and sun.
‘Leap Year’ is an easy watch and a great romcom, a chickflick some may say. It’s funny and adorable. With characters to be appreciated and comical moments. It is enjoyable and I’ve seen it numerous times. If you’re looking for a romance comedy you’ve never seen before, I would recommend this one. It isn’t one of the classic romcoms, like ’10 Things I Hate About You’ or ‘John Tucker Must Die’ or even ‘When Harry Met Sally…’, but it’s still enjoyable and should be appreciated. How much bad luck do you think one girl can get anyway?