There was a moment in the late 2000s and early 2010s when you couldn’t go into a movie theater without seeing a Nicholas Sparks adaptation’s poster or trailer. Audiences saw tales of handsome guys sanding down boats for 90 minutes before an usually ridiculous twist ending, as multiplexes boomed out with the sounds of sugary musical soundtracks. The Last Letter From Your Lover has a Sparks-like quality to it, with Texan filmmaker Augustine Frizzell bringing Jojo Moyes’ 2008 novel to the big screen with humor, charm, and just the perfect amount of cheese.
It’s a narrative that takes place throughout two time periods. In the current day, writer Ellie (Felicity Jones) is researching an obituary for a former reporter at her newspaper when she comes upon a letter from two lovers requesting a secret rendezvous at Marylebone Station. She becomes fascinated with finding out how the narrative ends when she and archivist Rory (Nabhaan Rizwan) discover additional letters. Meanwhile, flashbacks depict Jennifer (Shailene Woodley) and Anthony (Callum Turner), a financial journalist who she meets as he writes a piece on her industrialist husband Lawrence (Joe Alwyn). IMDB