365 Youm Sa’ada: Romantic Comedy Minus The Romance and The Comedy
Ahmed EzzDonia Samir Ghanem...
Saeed Al Marouk
In 1 Cinema
365 Youm Sa’ada revolves around a playboy millionaire called
Hady (Ezz) who has it all. He’s got the looks, money and charm and is crazy for
women more than anything in his life, yet he avoids real marriages at any cost.
Going around with multiple personalities, Hady fools around with the opposite
sex by marrying them secretly (orfy) until he decides to call it quits.
When he simply gets
bored and wants out of the relationship, he has the perfect plan of faking
dreadful illnesses (such as cancer). His world is shattered when he meets the
girl (Ghanem) that he actually falls for; only to find that she’s sick with
cancer and has only a year left to live. He then decides to marry her and make
their remaining 365 days filled with happiness and love.
The film is more
than the typical romantic comedy that its campaign made it out to be; it has
its dramatic moments and twists, yet its plot is tired and overdone. Audiences
will probably sense that they’ve seen this film before; there’s nothing new or
fresh about 365 Youm
Sa’ada, which is sad considering its
huge production and promising appearance.
As with most romantic Egyptian films, 365 Youm Sa’ada focuses on the two main lead stars for more than 90%
of the picture, and Ezz and Ghanem’s charm starts to wear off at many points. On the other hand, the supporting cast of many popular comedic
talents appear for barely twenty minutes out of the 130 minutes, including Lotfy Labib, Mai Kassab, Salah Abdallah and Youssef Daoud.
This isn’t a romance film or even a comedy. The chemistry between the two leads is barely there, and while the film is filled with funny situations and numerous
jokes, none of them are that side-splittingly hilarious. The film’s script jumps
oddly from silly humour to sudden drama, which make the film feel like a
jig-saw puzzle arranged incorrectly.
On the other hand, 365 Youm Sa’ada really shines in its use
of cinematic camera work; with beautiful sceneries from start to finish. The
shooting was professionally handled and the special effects were impressive albeit brief. It seems that a
large portion of the budget was spent on the various exquisite shooting
locations – it’s a real delight that the film’s funds were actually spent on the
film itself and not the actors, as in most cases.
That being said, 365 Youm Sa’ada’s lack of originality
and predictability means that audiences may get bored after the first half.
With little romantic chemistry and humour, this film is disappointing and only recommended
to die-hard Ezz or Ghanem fans.