Leap Year Review: Skip It

LEAP YEAR (PG): On General Release From Friday 26th February

If I pay to see a film in the cinema then there’s no way that I’m walking out, but I saw Amy Adam’s latest offering Leap Year at a press screening – so I was there for free.

Yet so dull was the opening to this rom-but-no-com, that If it wasn’t for the fact that I literally had to stay, I would have left inside the first five minutes.

Utterly predictable, Leap Year is a by-the-book romance that has no original elements (whatsoever) to bring to the table.

Amy Adams, whom we previously respected, plays Anna, a highly organised city girl who’s tired of waiting for her seemingly perfect boyfriend to propose. So when he has to visit Dublin, she follows him there to pop the question to him on leap day – Feb 29th, a day when apparently women are supposed to get down on one knee. Of course her journey to the Emerald Isle gets all screwed up and she ends up stuck on the West Coast with no way of getting to her man.

Cue the real love interest: handsome rogue Declan who offers to guide Anna to Dublin, but will love blossom between the pair?

Of course it will. Leap Year is easily the most predictable film I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a run of the mill romance where the leads don’t get on but eventually fall in love, with brilliant scenery as the film’s only near-redeeming feature.

Unfortunately, the Irish landscape is easily the best thing about this movie. This came as a surprise because Amy Adams is a talented actress, but not even her naive sweetness can hold this story up. Matthew Goode, playing Declan, is the Han Solo of Ireland; he’s a bit of a dick at first who ultimately reveals himself as a charmer who can’t help but antagonise/fall in love with Anna.

Every plot point from the romcom playbook was included in this overall fail of a movie: high achieving woman making an arse of herself (see New In Town), the ‘pretend we’re a couple’ kiss (see The Proposal) and the moving ‘win my love back’ speech (see When Harry Met Sally).

I might have been able to forgive the film’s failings if writers Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont had tried a little harder to make it funny. I giggled twice and I don’t think those moments were intended to be comical. The best thing I can say about this film is that director Anand Tucker seems competent and Ireland looks pretty.


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