I tuned into Netflix’s new romance movie The Last Letter From Your Lover for several reasons, and I won’t lie: One of them was to watch Joe Alwyn walk and talk. The notoriously-private actor is dating a little-known singer named Taylor Swift and because of this, he doesn’t do much press. Ergo, he’s a mystery—much like Meghan Markle was when she started dating Prince Harry. Naturally, to feed my Meg-inquisitive mind, I binge-watched all seven seasons of Suits, and I’m employing a similar strategy with Alwyn.
Was I hoping to gain insight into Joe Alwyn’s relationship with Taylor Swift by watching this movie? No, of course not; he’s playing a character. However, there is something thrilling about seeing the dude who inspired “Delicate” and “Gorgeous” just…exist for two hours. I finished this movie with no regrets.
It turns out The Last Letter From Your Lover is a deeply satisfying romance movie. It stars Shailene Woodley as Jennifer Stirling, a 1960s socialite with a seemingly perfect life—but she’s trapped in a cold, loveless marriage with businessman Lawrence (Alwyn). Enter Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner), a finance journalist who interviews Lawrence for a story and becomes transfixed with Jennifer. The two begin a passionate affair, which is documented by letters they send back and forth.
Letters that are found in present-day times by a London writer named Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones). With the help of her newspaper’s archivist, Rory (Nabhaan Rizwan), Ellie pieces the letters together—and what transpires will make even the most romance-immune feel something.
I don’t want to give away too much, but I’ll say this: You will cry. You will swoon. You will also be very angry at Joe Alwyn’s Lawrence. Mind you, this is the character getting cheated on, and yet you’re still rooting against him. You quite literally want Jennifer to keep lying and having her affair! That’s because Lawrence is—well, the worst. He may be one of the worst husbands in romance movie history. Here’s a non-exhaustive and spoiler-filled list of the fuckery he exhibits throughout this movie:
- Blatantly ignoring Jennifer, at one point ditching her midway through a lunch.
- Controlling her every move—including cutting her off from wine during a dinner party. Let the girl drink, man. She has to endure you.
- Physically grabbing her and threatening to take their daughter away from her. Horrible.
- Manipulating Jennifer into thinking she caused a car accident—and that Anthony died in it. See what I told you? Monster. Absolute monster!