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Here’s Why ‘The Idea of You’ Is Our New Favorite Rom-Com

ELLE reviews the latest release that had us all in love

The Idea of You
Image via Prime Video on Instagram

We don’t get to choose who we fall in love with, a sentiment powerfully underscored in Anne Hathaway‘s mesmerizing portrayal in The Idea of You. While age-gap romance in cinema isn’t uncommon, as we loved it in American Beauty and The Reader, this movie breathes new life into this trope, offering a fresh perspective that resonates deeply with audiences. Here are five reasons why we loved Sólene and Hayes in The Idea of You. 

NICHOLAS GALITZINE IS OUT OF THIS WORLD

We’ve had countless celebrity crushes in our lives, but it seems we’ll be fangirling over the heart-throb Nicholas Galitzine forever. Starring as the 24-year hot pop-star Hayes Campbell, Galitzine captured our hearts from the moment he graced the screen. Usually, the idea of a guy dating older women in movies has an unpleasant plot twist, but Campbell embodied pure and genuine love that’s unbounded by age or societal norms with grace and authenticity. Also, his British accent is just mesmerizing!

THE CHEMISTRY 

The Idea of You
Nicholas Galitzine via Instagram

The undeniable chemistry between Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine in The Idea of You ignites a flame that burns brightly throughout the film’s nearly two-hour duration. You’ll never get that familiar ick of a woman dating a guy almost half her age even after Sólene said awkwardly “I could be your mother.” We can’t wait to see more of these two on screen. 

THE IDEA OF YOU SERVED US A HAPPY ENDING

Unlike the book from which the movie is adapted, it grants viewers the gratifying conclusion they crave, allowing Solène and Hayes to find their way back to each other against all odds. In a departure from the uncertainties of the book, the film delivers a heartwarming resolution, depicting Hayes fulfilling his promise and returning to Solène’s side five years later.

THE SONGS

Wait, are you telling me August Moon is a fictional band? (Sobs in the corner.) Although Sólene made it clear at the beginning of the movie that the band’s catering to “seventh-grade kids,” here we are, adults in our mid-twenties and playing Guard Down on repeat.

ONE DIRECTION FANS FEEL NOSTALGIC NOW

The concert scenes featuring August Moon in the movie evoke a potent sense of nostalgia and satisfaction for One Direction fans. It’s a bittersweet experience, witnessing the band reunite on-screen, albeit in an alternate reality. For those who cherished One Direction’s music and camaraderie, this movie serves as a poignant reminder of the joy and excitement they once brought into fans’ lives.

The Idea of You is available on Amazon’s Prime Video.

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