I’m not going to sit here and tell you Book Of Love is some romantic masterpiece. It’s shallow, a little bit silly, and you’re going to have to suspend disbelief.
That said, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, everyone will be looking for some entertainment to put a smile on their face. This one may just do the trick.
Writer Henry Copper is dealing with the absolute failure of his first book in his native United Kingdom, and facing humiliation. But when his agent lets him know the translated version is a hit in Mexico, he immediately heads on a press tour.
Unable to speak Spanish, he doesn’t realize the woman hired to translate his novel took some liberties with the text. He soon finds out Maria has re-written his entire novel and it’s become a steamy Harlequin.
With the two at odds trying to keep the secret to avoid a scandal, they soon realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined.
Co-writer Analeine Cal y Mayor also directs, and its a diverting – if not hugely engrossing – effort.
Stars Sam Claflin and Veronica Echegui are well-matched, and their chemistry helps this one, even when the cliched script does them no favours.
One thing I truly do wish is that they’d pushed this in a more daring, Telenovela satire, but alas, we get a pretty paint-by-numbers romantic comedy.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you there’s not much new here. But if you want to bask in the adorable glow of these two leads, it’ll do well enough.