Based from a book "Sunday's at Tiffany's" by
I accidentally saw the book last month at National Bookstore but I had already bought my limit of books that December hahaha. and I had to practically stir clear of the shelves. lolz. Then to my surprise, HBO Asia was airing this! Yay!
Summary from imdb.
Michael is a 'guardian angel' who appears when children need an invisible ('imaginary') friend until the birthday after his help worked. His charge from ages 5 to 10, would be-author Jane Claremont, is about to marry Tv series star Hugh Danderford. Now Michael appears again, but neither understands with which mission. He's in love with her, a new experience, gradually seduces her by being his irresistible, soul-mate-like self and becomes corporeal. She stubbornly claims toward him, Hugh and her best friend, a psychotherapist, to remain committed to Hugh.
Stars Alyssa Milano (Charmed, Young Justice) as Jane, Eric Winter (Mentalist, Moonlight) as Michael Friend, *giggles* Stockard Channing ( West Wing, Out of Practice)as Vivian (Jane's mom) and Ivan Sergei (Gravity, A Trace of Danger) as Hugh. For other cast information head over to the movie's page here.
The movie opened with two kids hanging out. Young Jane (portrayed by Emily Alyn Lind from Revenge) and Young Michael (portrayed by Gage Munroe from Immortals) who I thought did a good job respectively. I have to say Gage Munroe has a breakout quality in the future and worth watching out along with Ryan Kelley, Sterling Beaumon and Colby Paul. Apparently, it was time to leave young Jane (at her 10th birthday) which according to Michael was the end of the Age of Innocence and Tiffany's was his exit location since this was where he and Jane met seven years ago.
Flash forward 20 years later, Jane is engaged and preoccupied with her wedding arrangements so to speak, which she was obviously procrastinating as evidenced by her mother's Nth call to remind her about it. I thought it was a nice peak into Jane's life that while she repeatedly said that Hugh is a good man, throughout the movie, it sounded like she was continuously convincing herself that she does like the man. Yet it seemed there were some unresolved issues which would later crop up hence the return of Michael (grown up version) and this time around, everyone can interact with him.
This instance were the imaginary friend connects with his charge, does remind me of Cecilia Ahern's book "If You See Me Now" where the protag interacted with her imaginary friend, Ivan. Ivan remains invisible and will only appear to a person who is deeply in need of a friend. I hope the movie version of this one will not stray too much from the book. I was a little apprehensive with "PS. I Love You" and didn't really watch it. I sort of expected it to have British or even Irish actors due to the ambiance of the book. Except for Gerard Butler, it just wasn't enough. Oh, well. Maybe I wasn't ready to get teary-eyed again. The book had me weeping and it took a lot out of me.
Ooookay back to Tiffany's. :D
Michael and Jane caught up which lead to comedic moments in the movie. Ivan Sergei as Hugh brought him out as stock-up, a little bit self-important actor and astonishingly, all he cared was ME. Stockard Channing as Vivian was a little underused and I think she made the most out of her scenes. I thought showing us that Michael can interact with other imaginary friends was quite interesting and not done before so I wish that had been expanded a little more.
The movie might turn into a frustrating watch for some people well the people in my household did but I thought it was still enjoyable even if predictable in some parts but it's the way these things like these are, you just go on for the ride, suspend most of your belief and all things movie-related that have touched about imaginary friends. I think there were few movies out about it. I'm not sure or I might be mixing up the books. Anyway, I wished some more thought was given to the rise of the imaginary friends, I thought it would be interesting. It wasn't explored in the movie except Michael said about the rules, Jane pretty much was resigned not to further asked him where he came from since she already thought she was having a delusional episode.
All in all, the movie focused on Jane and Michael's reunion and everything else was auxiliary before Michael realized why he came back after all.
I recommend this to anyone looking for a weekend watch and let's the movie tell its story. This was set in Christmas so a light Holiday movie.
I haven't read the book so I don't know how much difference when it came into the movie version.
Rating 3/5 stars