Love Happens film review
Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston star in Love Happens
Love Happens is a touching film that focuses on key characters Burke Ryan played by Aaron Eckhart and Eloise played by Jennifer Aniston.
Burke Ryan is a motivational speaker and author who is driven by audience response to him. Audiences at conferences light up when he enters the room. He feeds off of their energy. The focus of his motivational talks is the handling of grief. He tries to help others cope and frequently provides relatable information about himself and his own grief that he has stuggled with.
Motivation from tragedy
Burke Ryan's wife passed away in a car accident 3 years prior and that was his motivation for writing his book. At the same time that he was trying to help others, his book and conferences also became a money making business that he was capitalizing on. His publicist spurred him on.
It's refreshing to see a great actor, Martin Sheen back on screen playing Burke's father-in-law. For his character, something is amiss and he accuses Burke of lying. He is tired of it and asks him when is he going to stop lying.
Of course film viewers will now wonder what exactly the lie is. As given away in the movie trailer, the lie involves Burke's not having attended his wife's funeral. He gives the impression that he did attend the funeral when he writes and speaks about it to others but he did not. That is only part of the lie however.
The rest of his wife's family wanted to be able to grieve with Burke, but when his wife passed away, Burke could not bring himself to attend the funeral. He became missing in action and unreachable. It turns out that he had his reasons for this.
First date in three years
Burke's story is a very sad one and a lot of information is revealed as the movie comes to an end.
Eloise becomes Burke's new love interest in the movie and she also discovers more about him and his problems as the film continues on. In the beginning, he is somewhat of an enigma to her. When they have their first date, it is extremely awkward. Eventually, he lets her know that it is his first date in 3 years. It is not until a bit later that Eloise learns the truth of why it is Burke's first date in 3 years.
Many things about Burke just seem to be a mystery until the towards the end of the film when all is revealed.
Meanwhile, he successfully get others to open up about their troubles and emotions as they deal with their grief. He is helpful and encouraging to everyone.
I rate this film 3/5 stars ***
Directed by: Brandon Camp
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston, Martin Sheen and others
Running time: 109 minutes