I've never seen either Steve Carell or Kiera Knightley in any performances before I viewed this movie. I didn't read any reviews nor did I watch the trailer, instead, I went in not knowing what to expect.
In the beginning, I didn't have a relationship with either of the characters because Dodge, (Carell) was definitely a non-participatory wallflower with a non-descript, blah personality. But, as I watched, I began seeing different layers to his personality. But not until Penny (Kiera) literally climbed into his apartment window. Even then, his emotional growth came in spurts.
Penny, for me, in the beginning was a bit flighty, air-headed, and seemed interested in only having fun. I soon realized this persona of hers was actually a covert operation to reach in and pull out the real Dodge. After this, I truly began to enjoy the movie, and sat back, allowing Dodge and Penny to carry me along on their adventures.
There were a couple of real surprises along the way, which I won't reveal.
Throughout this movie, I just knew, I mean I simply was convinced that a last minute plan would push the Earth destroying asteroid off it's path toward Earth.
I just knew that Dodge and Penny had found their forever loves and would find their forever after.
The end of the movie for me was startling. I found myself wrapped deeply into Dodge and Penny and what their future together would bring, such as babies, a new profession for Dodge, a cute little suburban house, and Penny's family sitting in the backyard with her Mum and Dad cuddling their grandchildren. Penny was holding her newborn niece that was named after her. The entire Penny Clan had crossed The Pond and filled the backyard and cute little suburban home with love and laughter.
Dodge was finally fully fledged into a quiet, well grounded, very committed, gentle, deeply caring partner.
I blinked right along with Penny.
The end of the movie brought tears to my eyes and a definite feeling of, 'NO! I want a re-write! I want a do-over!' I watched this movie last night, 6/25, and writing this silly little review has brought a veil of sadness once again.
Please don't let the beginning of this movie put you off. It begins slowly, but Dodge, Penny, and the gentle nuances of the underlying story line will absolutely be captivating.