Review: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

What’s Love Got to Do with It? is a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.

The film stars Lily JamesShazad LatifShabana AzmiEmma ThompsonSajal AlyOliver ChrisAsim ChaudhryJeff MirzaAlice Orr-Ewing, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Within the first 5 minutes we pretty much know how this will end.

….Actually maybe even from the poster.

It is a debate on traditional versus modern. In a world of many dating apps, Married at First Sight, Love Island, First Dates and whatnot, it’s clear it can be difficult to find someone let alone The One.

Does a fairytale ending exist or could going old school be a better option?

There is sharp dialogue and some great one liners.

My fav was “Love at first anything is a mental health issue”

At times it plays up on stereotypical views, casual racism and prejudice within ethnicities.

As a Rom-Com, you know what you are getting, I enjoyed it and may even have shed a tear at a particularly touching moment.

As well as that Emma Thompson is delightful and the cinematography is beautiful.  

What’s Love Got to Do with It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2022, won Best Comedy (the ‘Ugo Tognazzi’ award) at the Rome Film Fest on 22 October 2022, and is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 24 February 2023, by StudioCanal.

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