Review: ‘Ordinary Love’


“Ordinary Love” is a film about how cancer affects everyone. My overall rating of the film is 3.5 out of 5. The film tells a story from beginning to end, it has pleasant characters and it answers a good question: What happens when your loved one gets cancer? 

Directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, the film was released nationwide on Feb. 14, 2020. It stars Liam Neeson as Tom, Lesley Manville as Tom’s wife, Joan, David Wilnot as Peter and Amit Shah as Steve

“Ordinary Love” is about a couple, Tom and Joan, trying to cope with cancer. When Joan discovers that she has cancer, she soon realizes how much cancer will affect her personal life. Meanwhile, Tom is not able to cope with the news and keeps his feelings to himself, and realizes that he needs to cherish the present. He learns that love is not just physical, but also spiritual.

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I think the writing of the film is brilliant. There’s a sequence in its story, and the dialogue between Tom and Joan is beautiful. The acting is phenomenal and as always, Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville give an outstanding performance. I was taken back seeing that Liam Neeson was going to be in this drama film, since he’s usually in action movies. 

The message of this film is profound, in that how do you exactly answer the question of your loved ones having cancer? I think the answer is pretty clear by the end of the film. It was also a good perspective to people who never had the experience of a loved one or yourself having cancer. What I didn’t like about the film was that Peter and Steve of the story were placed randomly so I didn’t feel a connection between them and I felt that it took away a bit of the story from Tom and Joan.

I highly recommend this film, as it’s definitely a must watch. It received a 7.4/10 on IMDb, 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 80% Metacritic.