Love is in the Air (2023) Movie Review – Betrayed by its own love story

Betrayed by its own love story

When the love story in a romcom is its weakest point, there is nothing saving the film’s blushes. Hence, the title for the review of Love is in the Air, Netflix’s latest Aussie offering. On the far end of Netflix’s infamous spectrum of creative drivel, Love is in the Air springs no surprise and packs a lacklustre punch. Adrian Powers directs Delta Goodrem and Joshua Sasse in lead roles, writing the film’s screenplay with Katharine E. McPhee and Caera Bradshaw.

Love is in the Air contently relishes in the familiar territory of its genre, embracing the pitfalls in a fatefully ironic way. There is an active recognition of the slaughter that the film is headed for. And yet, the film merrily drudges on.

The film is set in Fullerton, a quaint little Aussie town. Dana Randall (Goodrem) co-owns Fullerton Airways with her father, Jeff. The company operates a solitary functional charter seaplane that is involved in the local tourism business. But more importantly, Dana uses the plane for remote air support which involves supplying mail and essential delivery to the town folk. This aspect of Fullerton Airways was the brainchild of Dana’s late mother, Clara.

She holds her ideals dear to her heart. But all of that is about to come crashing down as William Mitchell from ITMC Financial, a private equity firm, concocts a presentation to shift the firm’s money. William’s father, Duncan, owns the firm but wants his son to climb the corporate ladder all on his own; in a meritorious way. He hasn’t allowed his son’s “silver spoon” to spoil him. William is eager to prove himself to Duncan and goes through Fullerton Airways’ accounts, which tell a sorry story. 

William puts forth a proposal for the firm to sell its assets, shut down FA, and remove debt from its own balance sheet. Impressed by his spirit, Duncan sends William to the town. He plans to use this enterprising move as William’s ticket to becoming a junior director at the firm next year. William finds it difficult to acclimatize to the harsh weather conditions in Fullerton, while also making time to adjust to its cheerful small-town vibes. Gradually, Dana and William fall for each other as the latter feels his inevitable task inching closer. 

“A sweet English gentleman rubs shoulders with a resourceful, strong Aussie girl in a plane and beyond.” If that tagline does not pique your interest, this film isn’t for you. And that is because Love is in the Air does not have anything to offer. The ensemble is short, and unfortunately, irrelevant. There is Dana’s father, Jeff (played by Roy Billing); a bonafide sweetheart with a terrible eye for business. Nikki (Steph Tisdell), the bumbling repairwoman breaking workplace barriers and forcing Dana to see she likes William. And finally Duncan, the indifferent capitalist who is so one-dimensional that you’d prefer he would have stayed out of the script.

One thing the film does have to offer is your next travel destination. I can fully understand why Queensland funded part of the film. The 8K Vista Vision is a beast that brings the fictional Fullerton to life with surreal features and lifelike personality. I would gladly give an arm and a leg to stay in Fullerton. The drone shots are absolutely gorgeous, capturing the terrain in its inspired beauty. The glistening blue sky and vast expanse are hard to miss. Love is in the Air would have been a banger if the creatives behind it had been as natural as the setting.

The Netflix film displays a shocking lack of nuance and enterprise. It is tailored for the charming lead pairing who do rack up good chemistry. One could certainly imagine them being a likeable couple in real life as well. But in the same breath, it must be said that the story isn’t prefaced well. I like the idea of a rich kid who grew up without feeling the warmth of community and experiencing it when he’s tasked with the biggest challenge of his life. It would have made for a compelling watch to see him navigate this dilemma and have an arc in the process. Confronting a new world and seeing real-life challenges outside his coddled, indifferent, and privileged upbringing would have been a fresher concept. 

But the writers do not do enough to warm William up to us, even as it is clearly evident that Joshua Sasse is fully up to the task. The producers miss out on some very affecting themes that could have taken the film in a more promising direction. They are clueless as to those potentialities and what they could have evoked in the viewers. It is revolting to see the film lose all its potential as each minute advances, pushing Love Is in the Air firmly into redundant territory. The woeful predictability of what happens next sucks away any excitement that Duncan’s firmness conjures.

It is ironic how the love angle is what ends up derailing the effort in the end. I do not understand why the writers did not read through the dialogue again. From what it sounds, in its current state, the script still seems to be a rough first draft. That is the level of refinement in the writing. 

Unfortunately, we cannot, in our good conscience, recommend our readers to see this film. Even the fans of Goodrem and Sasse will find it hard to digest what an abysmal waste of time the film is, especially given its potent themes. 


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1 thought on “Love is in the Air (2023) Movie Review – Betrayed by its own love story”

  1. I liked the movie. They did a lot for the community. They expanded their company to be so much bigger than it was. I give it 5*

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