Love stories that challenge what is normal are the most precious. Sometimes films should slow down and compel us into the realization, sometimes love is a choice. Quality like this rarely comes along.
Remember Sunday (2013) Hallmark Hall of Fame Review
Brilliant beyond his years, Gus (Zachary Levi) is on the verge of a major cosmology breakthrough after years of research. A part of NASA programs with prestigious college educations, his work and life in LA was his dream. Then one fateful day, everything changes. A rupture in his brain causes an aneurysm which prevents him from remembering anything in his short-term memory. Every day is brand new, unless it’s inside his pre-aneurysm memory. His sister, Lucy moves him back to New Orleans to give him familiarity. Gus now copes. Then he meets Molly (Alexis Bledel).
Molly permanently places her life on “pause.” She barely ekes by on a waitress salary while going to night classes. But she’s never met anyone like Gus. She’s forever falling for the guy who turns out to be a loser. Gus is different. Now, Molly’s days are spontaneous…and somehow, perfect.
Ambiguous at its worst, beautiful at its best, Remember Sunday is the kind of romantic drama that only comes along once in a million years. Is this statement too dramatic? Maybe. But I cannot help all the feels as the credits roll, and wish more stories leave me feeling as this one does. There is a kind of unique charm that cinematic endeavors should capture. Whether it’s the small screen or the big, the true meaning of how story-telling is meant to be is a lost art. Remember Sunday is the epitome of this.
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In most telefilms the cast is either hit or miss, but this one gets it right. Seeing Alexis Bledel in a role again is delightful. As always, she personifies the best in a girl-next-door character – here, in Molly she is memorable. Whether it was her support of Gus or her interesting sense of fashion, she’s the sort of kind-hearted character we feel as if we could be best friends with. Then there is Gus. I loved Zachary Levi in this role. He isn’t an actor whom I’ve seen in much and yet, how he plays the role is impressive. It “feels” real, and as if we experience the fears mixing with acceptance right along with him. It’s a role Levi plays well.
Between his genuine worry over wanting to be able to remember Molly (this may make you cry) and the charming first date he and Molly have (I dare you not to smile in this scene), there is much to be admired in Gus. The frustration he experiences is one I cannot possibly imagine; on one end of the spectrum, Gus is grateful to be alive, and have a second chance. Then there is the part of him who longs for “normal,” the part of him who worries what else he’ll forget. This “little things” story and the romance that surrounds it, is beautiful.
Mirroring a Hollywood rom-com, the script for Remember Sunday takes a softer, more realistic approach to this concept. The results is 90 minutes of bliss. Instead of the musical score reunion trope, these two have more serious complications to surmount. I cannot say everyone will appreciate – or like, the end, but it’s pleasant and satisfying. Most of us won’t likely have to make the choice that Molly does. Nor will we have to wake up each morning fighting to remember our past. Instead of a lifetime of yesterdays, Gus has a lifetime of each day being brand-new and the gift of falling in love with Molly anew.
If we face a similar dilemma, it would be in how we choose to deal with that situation that would be the real test of true love: that is the scary part. What we do with our days is up to us. For me, fiction or no, this is a beautiful reality. ♥If you like #ZacharyLevi or remember Alexis Bledel from Sisterhood of Travelling Pants or #GilmoreGirls, don't miss this touching #Hallmark romance. ‘Remember Sunday’ (2013) – A Quiet, but Beautiful Story of True Love Click To Tweet
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Content: The film is rated TVPG and the only thing other than a more “mature” subject matter in general is one use of da*n.