That’s Amor review: Clichéd romantic movie with a lack of chemistry

That’s Amor is a Netflix romantic movie about a woman whose life turned around a day before her 30th birthday and her blossoming relationship with a man she meets at her cooking class. 

Story

A day before her 30th birthday, Sofia gets fired from her job and gets cheated on by her boyfriend. After facing disappointments everywhere, she moves back to her mother’s place to restart her life from scratch.

She meets Matias at a couple’s cooking class she joins with her mother. Both of them are immediately attracted to each other and become friends. 

Sofia sets on her journey to self-discovery and takes her life into her own hands. She attempts to improve her professional and social life. While she’s exploring her blossoming relationship with Matias, Sofia’s ex-boyfriend re-enters her life and ignites a conflict. She decides to choose Matias and asks him out.  

After meeting the girl Matias is dating, she realises she can not be the other woman in anyone’s life and breaks up after one date. 

Later, when Sofia discovers how much Matias appreciates her, she chases after him and asks him to stay for a while. 

The couple explores their romance and discusses their future plans while celebrating with their family. 

Performances

Riley Dandy does an amazing job with her role as the sarcastic main lead who just went through a series of traumatic events.

Much like his character, Isaac Gonzalez Rossi is average in his portrayal of the Spanish chef, Matias. Isaac’s charming smile adds to the romance between Matias and Sofia.

Nancy Lenehan is flawless in her character of the supportive and funny mother. Her facial expressions add to the humorous banters between the mother-daughter duo.

Arlene Tur’s liveliness is infectious. Viviana’s character adds energy to every scene she is in. Both Nancy Lenehan and Arlene Tur’s energy make the audience long for their appearance.

Positives

The pacing of the movie and its light-hearted themes make it an easy-watch.

The storyline focuses on the art of cooking and does not disappoint with its dishes which look pretty appetising to the audience.

The side characters are irresistibly lovable. Sofia’s mother and Viviana create a wholesome atmosphere with the limited screen time they have with their supportive nature and funny banters.

Negatives

The writing is disappointing with its predictable clichés and dialogues and does not give enough space to explore any other character apart from Sofia.

While it’s good to view the representation of different cultures, the snobbish behaviour of Sofia towards other cultures makes the character unlikeable and makes it hard to root for her.

The movie strictly follows the romantic movie formula and uses multiple tropes including the overused airport chase scene but forgets to add realness or depth to those scenes.

The movie attempts to compensate for the lack of chemistry between the couple with cringe-worthy dialogue exchange between the two. While Sofia takes time to process her feelings for Matias, it feels abrupt for Matias.

There is no tangible conflict between the couple to make the resolution of the movie worth waiting for.

The minor subplot of Sofia’s mother and her love life in the past felt unnecessary and their reunion in the resolution of the movie felt forced.

Verdict

The movie sticks to the security of the overused formula of a feel-good romantic movie but fails to add any depth to its characters or the romance between them.

The character growth and their chemistry feels forced and snatches away any motivation to root for the characters. The performance by the actors is above average but the script does not justify their efforts.

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