The Architecture of Love (2024)


The Architecture of Love Review

Jakarta. If you are trying to find some romantic films to watch, try “The Architecture of Love” the latest movie by Indonesian director Teddy Soeriaatmadja.

The movie is based on the romance novel of the same name by author Ika Natassa. Personally, I haven’t read the book so I can’t say if the film stays true to the novel or if there were any changes made in the story.

“The Architecture of Love”, now showing in Indonesian theaters, tells a story about finding love after separation.

Raia Risjad (Putri Marino) is a best-selling author who doesn’t have much luck in love. After divorcing her cheating husband Alam (Arifin Putra), Raia flies to New York to get rid of her writer’s block. There she meets River Jusuf (Nicholas Saputra) the calm architect who is dealing with his own personal struggles at a party. River is trying to cope with grief after his pregnant wife dies in a car accident. Then we have some love triangle going as Aga Jusuf (Jerome Kurnia) who turns out be River’s brother is smitten with the author, although he first does not know that his sibling likes the same woman.

Plot wise

“The Architecture of Love” also known by its acronym TAOL is just your ordinary romantic movie. But just because it’s predictable doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable.

Like most romantic movies, “The Architecture of Love” comes packed with cheesy lines. While some moments make you cringe but still find them heart-fluttering at the same time. The lines in the movie are relatable they’re that kind of dialogues that make you think about your own love life. On their “dates”, River will take Raia (and us audience) around New York and tell history behind buildings. As they explore New York, you’ll be reminded of the time you spent with your loved one strolling around the city even if your dates weren’t in NYC.

“The Architecture of Love” also shows the bad sides of love: the pain and mixed feelings when someone ghosts you. The struggles of finding love again after heartbreak. The nearly two-hour-long movie also gives you glimpses on how to cope with grief.

I remember how the whole theater audibly gasped when it was revealed that it had always been Diaz Umbara (Omar Daniel) Aga’s friend and Raia’s bestie Erin’s love interest who has been anonymously sending flowers to Raia. However, some might find this plot twist unnecessary as there were not many interactions between Raia and Diaz in the story. But then again, there is such thing as having a secret admirer.

The film boasts a star-studded cast with Putri Marino, Nicholas Saputra, and Jerome Kurnia taking part all have won Citra awards before. However, “The Architecture of Love” does not allow for much acting exploration by the actors involved in it. They’re all fine in the film but there isn’t much I can say about their performances.

Overall,”The Architecture of Love” can be an option if you’re looking for something to watch on a movie date. It’s a simple romantic movie but still gives butterflies in your stomach..

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