Review: ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It?’ Probably a Lot
Shekhar Kapur’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It?,” a glossy lesson on how to pour non-traditional content into traditional rom-com molds Turning the competing notions of forever happy into comfort food shape. Kapur also offers a movie-within-a-movie titled Contractual Love, in case you’re unsure about half-hearted ambitions. Therefore, anyone who takes more than 10 minutes to anticipate the outcome will not be able to get out of the house long enough.
Moving between elegant London locations and a lively celebration in Lahore, Pakistan, the story follows Zoe (Lily James), a British documentary filmmaker, and her childhood friend of British descent. It revolves around Kazim (Shazad Latif), a Pakistani doctor. She is a chronic right swiper to disappointing men. He sees love at first sight as a mental health issue and has opted for an arranged marriage to a shy Pakistani beauty (the wonderfully agile Sajar Ali). Zoe decided that Kazim’s journey to the altar would be the perfect topic for her new documentary.
By Jemima Khan, channeling some of her own experiences As the ex-wife of a Pakistani Prime Minister, ‘What’s Love’ is Kapur’s compilation of that perky sweet story. Signature visual splendor (Courtesy of cinematographer Remi Adefaracin). A bland conversation about love and longing, and a more neutral potential conflict in a film that is mostly beaming and neither promotes nor downplays arranged marriages. Sadly, its most divisive feature. is a lattice turn by Emma Thompson as a mother who steals Zoe’s attention, whose behavior is often embarrassing and usually inappropriate.
In contrast, the lovely Shabana Azmi, knowing her dignity, gives Kazim’s mother a joke. “Don’t be too dark,” she warns, instructing her matchmakers about her daughter-in-law’s tastes — apparently the filmmakers made the same choice.
what is love doing with it?
Rated PG-13. No gender, they are British. Running time: 1 hour 48 minutes. at the theater.