The two main characters of the film, Mira and rob sharing a kiss
Mira and Rob sharing an emotionless kiss. Credit: Sony Pictures

There’s a scene in Love Again that very much sums up my experience watching it.

No, it’s not the happiness when the two characters get together, or the soul crushing despair very much present throughout the film, but when main character Mira Ray falls asleep while she’s with other main character Rob Burns. Rob made me want to fall asleep too. 

I am not immune to love. But when in the cinema I much prefer watching big sci-fi or fantasy epics, with expansive lore, immersive worlds, big battles and cool designs. Star Wars, Marvel, The Lord of the Rings and so on. Rom-coms are so far down on this list, bested only by horror. And this didn’t change my mind.   

Seeing the film several weeks after release and knowing it had had negative reviews, I would be forgiven for thinking that the cinema would be empty. Quite the opposite. And as the cinema slowly filled with people, I saw there were three other males too, though clearly dragged with their other halves than here out of choice.  

‘Rob made me want to fall asleep too’

The film centres around Mira and Rob, two people stuck in sadness as they attempt to move on from their respective trauma. Rob is trying to get over his fiancée leaving him a week before his wedding and Mira is grieving after her previous boyfriend was killed in front of her. Having thought this film would be funny, boy was that a mood kill.  

And this sadness only gives way to stalking.

See, Mira still sends texts to her dead boyfriend’s number and, by sheer coincidence, Rob’s work phone has the same number. Which is possible, but what I found hard to believe was the fact that Rob didn’t text back to say, “Sorry wrong number”. Especially as these texts get more personal as the film goes on. , for example, Mira saying she misses her boyfriend’s body

‘And this sadness only gives way to stalking’

And as Rob is a journalist, surely texting someone isn’t that frightening? Call them, even.

But letting this poor woman pour her heart out to a complete stranger is amazingly horrible. It seems unethical, as Rob kept Mira under the impression she was talking alone, and even strung her along until after he’d slept with her.   

Rob, who is falling in love, goes to some crazy lengths to find Mira, using her texts as clues like some twisted detective story.

At one point she texts him some lyrics to an opera, and Rob’s crazy plan to find her (other than calling the number) is to go every night until Mira shows up, which is an awful plan.

The film never says the money and the time he must have spent on that, but I desperately want to know.

Celine Dion sat in a dressing room
Celine Dion, giving advice to Rob. Credit: Sony Pictures

When the pair finally meet, they crackle with all the energy of watching an awkward teen meet a girl for the first time, except both of them are in their 30s. I’m no love expert, but even I know how to conduct myself without stuttering over my words for an entire date.  

This film bills itself as a rom-com, but the trauma of the film buries this aspect, and the awkward dating does nothing to dig it back up. The audience didn’t seem to be laughing much either, though slightly more than me. 

Oh, Celine Dion is also in the film. Why? Well Rob must interview her for a profile. She gives both Rob and Mira as little relationship advice as possible and instead fills her glorified cameo with singing.

She’s just the vehicle for which Rob can write his over-the-top gesture to get Mira back.  

Do any of this in real life of course and you’d probably be arrested, and with good reason.  

This was not an experience that I will be rushing back to the cinema to have, I will not ‘Love Again’. The film did nothing for me, and certainly didn’t convince me to seek out more. Sci-fi and fantasy will remain my suitor at the cinema.