By Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin May 2, 2013 at 11:26PM
I’m a huge fan of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, who has
given us Brothers, After the Wedding, and the Oscar-winning
In A Better World. These are serious,
adult films, so it shouldn’t be surprising that Love is All You Need is not a standard-issue romantic comedy. It’s
lighter in tone than her previous work, but Bier and her longtime writing
partner Anders Thomas Jensen have woven serious undertones into the fabric of
this bittersweet romance.
Pierce Brosnan gives one of his best performances as a
hard-shelled businessman, based in
In time, we learn more about the leading characters, as well as their star-crossed children, who have every right to be nervous about the upcoming wedding.
While there is no doubt about the outcome for Brosnan and Dyrholm—even in a Susanne Bier movie, a romantic comedy is going to have a happy ending—the path is bumpy, and persuasively delineated. What’s more, Bier gives us rooting interest for these mature characters, while fleshing out her film with interesting subplots and surprises. I can’t speak for younger viewers, but I thoroughly enjoyed this adult version of romantic fluff, set against a sumptuously beautiful backdrop.