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Love Me Till Monday – Review
July 8, 2014
A modern take on relationships, Love Me Till Monday focuses on the banality of dating rather than its Hollywood glitz and glamour counterpart with romantic settings and idyllic encounters; instead we’re offered drunken nights out and awkward encounters on the street. The sincerity of the script which deals with blossoming relationships as they would normally happen is refreshing and utilising improvisation over dramatic wordplay maintains the realistic tone. It also avoids becoming too bleak by having a warm-hearted lead female in Becky played by Georgia Maguire who has a natural presence and is easy to get attached to as her dreams of love are simple yet frustratingly out of reach.
Set in Reading, it’s a nice change of scenery from the metropolis of London: Becky has moved back in with her mother after finishing university. Much of the film revolves around her work life where she spends most of her time, even if after work her time is dedicated to partying with colleagues. The film opens with Becky immediately summoned into her boss’ office to find out if she will be ‘let go’ as part of the company’s down-sizing, thankfully she is not but she must attend the ‘goodbye’ shindig of the employee who is. At the party she sees her co-worker Him (Royce Pierreson) and the sparks start to fly only to be cut short when he has to leave the party early and take off on his holiday leave.
There is a theme of distance in the film, between Becky and Him and between Becky and her mother who has also gone on holiday leaving Vicky to look after her younger brother who is emotionally distant. Technology is supposed to have brought us together but it hasn’t and Becky is left in the 21st Century where photos of her ex are readily available on mobile phones: never has it been easier to find someone, but never has it been harder to leave someone. This leads to emotional scenes that are dealt with honestly and naturally. The organic structure of the story almost had me believe that the film was just a fly-on-the-wall film about Becky, the script is fresh without being dull or full of awkward pauses. Georgia Maguire is a brilliant protagonist and I look forward to what she offers in her next role in The Greatest Englishman which will be with the same director and team as Love Me Till Monday.
In contrast to technology there is also a theme of magic and fate when Becky fishes out her book of spells and charms; casting a ‘spell’ that will bring her to ‘Him’. From there on Becky bumps into her boss Steven outside of work, unable to shake the feeling that he may be the one from her spells that will break her out of her relationship rut. Meanwhile at work other co-workers are dealing with their own relationships. Vikki (Sarah-Jayne Butler) is the hilarious co-worker who is always looking to cheer everyone up, though her optimism gets the better of her when she makes unrealistic expectations in her own relationship. Then there’s Carly (Sarah Barratt) who also has feelings for Him. These characters add an extra bit of spice, which is sorely needed in the middle of the film where it starts to become a bit flavourless and thankfully the pace speeds up towards the end.
The film was made on a shoestring budget, which does show in the sound quality in some areas, but it is a remarkable testament to how important a good script, talented cast and relatable lead are. Love Me Till Monday is a good romantic-comedy, though it does stray more towards comedy than romance because – like Becky – it doesn’t have relationships figured out yet.
Love Me Till Monday is out in UK Cinemas on July 11th
Words by Sunny Ramgolam