“Love at First Sight” (2023) | A Rom-Com on Netflix | Review: Yet another romantic comedy for Christmas?

Love at First Sight” is a 2023 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Vanessa Caswill and starring Haley Lu Richardson and Ben Hardy.

On December 20th, at the notoriously difficult JFK airport in New York, arriving four minutes late doesn’t help matters. Or maybe it does, because thanks to those four minutes, a boy and a girl will meet.

This is a romantic comedy about dates, facts, and statistics.

And speaking of statistics, there will be approximately 1,234 movies that, by chance or not, resemble this one.

Love at First Sight
Love at First Sight

Plot

Hadley and Oliver find themselves swept up in an unexpected love story while aboard a flight from New York to London. However, their connection takes an unexpected turn when they lose sight of each other during the customs process. Now faced with daunting odds, will they be able to overcome the challenges and find a way to reunite?

Review of “Love at First Sight”

She is charming, sweet, slightly messy, intelligent, and American. He is charming, sweet, organized, intelligent but sensitive, and English. They bum into each other, at an airport during Christmas, and whatever follows that fortuitous encounter, we won’t reveal.

Are we witnessing yet another formulaic romantic comedy? Yes, it’s hard to avoid that because “Love at First Sight” doesn’t pretend to be anything other than that; one more addition to the romantic comedy genre that, with a touch of drama to give it color, adds to the long list of Christmas rom-coms released now to warm us up to the “fast” approaching holiday season.

It’s not that the genre is bad or that “Love at First Sight” is a bad movie, it’s just that the formula has been used countless times before that once you’ve seen the first two hundred, they cease to surprise you.

However, this movie has the good graces of acknowledging it and, despite that and considering the statistical data, it repeats and denies this data all at once, and curiously, is a film about the possibilities (read: probability) of finding love in this day and age.

Well, that idea is not original either. We have covered a number of movies that apply the same or similar premise.

As far as the technical aspects of the film go, it is precisely here where it stands out, as it is well-crafted, and when Hollywood wants to showcase its technical expertise, it does it wonderfully. “Love at first Sight” counts on good sets, an apt pace tanks to the editing, and ranks quite high in production value (even though it’s reusing an overused premise, it’s true).

The performances are very good, and are as likely to win an Oscar as the movie itself (not likely): the characters are so molded to fit within the genre that they don’t offer much room for performative brilliance. The actors do exactly what is expected of them in a film where everyone expects them to be charming and not much more. But, indeed, charming they are.

Love at First Sight
Love at First Sight

Our opinion

A movie that tries its best to be endearing, in a genre that tends to portray life in its most adorable, and tries to make us believe in love. With that said, there is not much novelty in this film, nor does it stand out. Statistically, it will stand at the top of the bell curve – meaning, it remains an average number.

Release Date

September 15, 2023

Where to Watch Love at First Sight

Netflix

Movie Trailer

The Cast

Haley Lu Richardson

Haley Lu Richardson
Haley Lu Richardson Depositphotos

Haley Lu Richardson, born on March 7, 1995, is an American actress who has quickly risen to prominence in the film industry. With her captivating performances and undeniable talent, she has captured the hearts of audiences and critics alike. From her humble beginnings in Phoenix, Arizona, to her breakout roles in critically acclaimed films, Richardson’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. In this article, we will explore her early life, career milestones, personal achievements, and future prospects. Read more

Ben Hardy

Ben Hardy
Ben Hardy Depositphotos

Ben Hardy is an immensely talented English actor who has been making waves in the entertainment industry with his captivating performances. From his early days in the popular soap opera EastEnders to his breakout role in X-Men: Apocalypse, Hardy has showcased his versatility and ability to bring characters to life on screen. In this article, we will delve into the life and career of Ben Hardy, tracing his journey from a small town in England to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Read more

Rob Delaney
Rob Delaney
Jameela Jamil
Jameela Jamil
Sally Phillips
Sally Phillips
Dexter Fletcher
Dexter Fletcher

Love at First Sight

Love at First Sight

Movie title: Love at First Sight

Movie description: Hadley and Oliver begin falling in love on a flight from New York to London, but when they lose each other at customs, can they defy all odds to reunite?

Date published: September 12, 2023

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 90 mins

Director(s): Vanessa Caswill

Writer(s): Katie Lovejoy

Cinematography: Luke Bryant

Music: Paul Saunderson, Ben Hardy,

Actor(s): Haley Lu Richardson, Ben Hardy, Rob Delaney, Sally Phillips, Jameela Jamil, Dexter Fletcher

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama

Companies: Ace Entertainment, Netflix

Our Opinion

A movie that tries its best to be endearing, in a genre that tends to portray life in its most adorable, and tries to make us believe in love. With that said, there is not much novelty in this film, nor does it stand out. Statistically, it will stand at the top of the bell curve – meaning, it remains an average number.

Overall

2.7
Alice Lange
Alice Lange
Alice Lange is a content editor with an unbridled passion for all things film related. With her keen eye for detail and expert storytelling abilities, she has established herself as one of the most sought-after editors in the industry. Her work on MCM's film reviews has captivated audiences.
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