Love is Now may dwindle in its fair share of conventions, but it adds enough new layers to the table that this can be overlooked. The premise of the film is simple, the romanticisms have been done before but they're still charming, and the characters arcs aren't anything too special, but this film offers a lot more than that. It's not that any of those things are bad, it's more so that they're not overly original, but this is something I'm becoming more and more used to in the genre of romance. Romance is hard, I'll be honest. It's more restricting than most other genres and so I tend to be more lenient with how original they are. I can get over a few clichés every now and again.
The two leads handle the content in a mature and realistic manner. Although it's occasionally forced, a somewhat beautiful and distracting shot of the two in a fountain comes to mind, the two make it work. Claire van der Boom's presence was always welcome. She was likeable right from the get go. Eamon Farren, on the other hand, took a scene or two to get used to. I was on the edge about his performance for the first couple of scenes, but once Audrey was introduced, his performance soared.
With almost ten minutes before the final credits role, Love is Now utilises one final twist, and boy does it pack a punch. Of course, I won't spoil what happens, I'm not that type of guy, but it really hits hard. Twists like this have been done before, but Love is Now handles it in a less obvious way. It's unpredictable and is uncontrollably sad. Although I'm sure many know me as a cry baby when it comes to films, you'll be surprised to hear that I didn't cry. Yep, I actually controlled myself in this film. I can't say the same for a few other people in my cinema though.