The success of a romantic movie is the chemistry of the on-screen partners. No matter how beautiful the love story is but if you can’t feel any spark between them, the magic of love cannot transcend to the viewing public.
I am a sucker of these so called feel good movies, the one that makes their audience either cry over a love spurned then later on creatively overturn destiny and time to prove that love conquers all or get giddy with a 24/7 fluttering of the heart with the onslaught of the ‘to die for’ romantic gestures: a smooth dialogue, an intense look, a knowing smile…that all leads to a happy ending.
And as promised, here’s more of my pre-valentine thoughts and views…some of my favorite movie couple. Let the sighing begin…
10. Can once in a lifetime happen twice? Yes it can with Jonathan Trager and Sarah Thomas in the movie called Serendipity. It stars John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.
They met while shopping for christmas gifts for their girlfriend/boyfriend. They both wanted the same gloves but its the last pair. They both felt the magic spark, a feeling they both can’t explain. Soulmates. One magical night. She wrote and gave him her phone number but the wind took it away. She thought that it’s better to let destiny decided for them. In a book stall in NY, she bought a book entitled Love in Time of Cholera, she wrote her full name and phone number on the first page and wrote his name and phone number on a dollar bill. Then gave both away to other people. If they both get them, it means they are meant to be.
9. Terry McKay and Mike Gambill of Love Affair. It’s a remake and of course nothing beats the original but I don’t know there is something in Anette Benning & Warren Beatty that I like.
Not everyone loved their performance but I fell in love with them. You can maybe blame it to the lighting and the haunting music but definitely I can see the sincerity of their relationship. I beg to disagree with those that can’t see it because how can you not, when those two are lovers in real life and is still together up to this day. Just check on the gist of the story when you get to the number 1 spot.
8. I must have done something good…Captain Von Trapp and Maria’s duet in the gardens near the gazebo was quite breathtaking to me. Truly unforgettable roles played by Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music.
The captain needed a new governess for his seven children and sought the help of the convent since nobody can stand the playfulness of the children. The mother superior thought that Maria needs to go out and explore the possibility that she may not belong in the convent and sent her out to the Captain. She was able to capture the hearts of the children and the Captain as well. The problem is he’s engaged to a Baroness and she vowed to be a nun…There is real chemistry here. You can’t help but fall in love with the dashing Captain and the mischevious nun-to-be, Maria. They make it sound having seven precocious children is fun and hiding and escaping through the mountains an amazing adventure.
7. The Way We Were. Hubbard Gardner and Katie Morosky played by Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand.
Need I say more…For the purpose of just talking about it I’ll say more but their names says it all. This one does not have a happy ending but it has the most classic and romantic ending. Two so different people met in college, befriended each other, parted ways, saw each other again after so many years had passed. Nothing changed except they are willing to make a go for a relationship. It did not work out, they only stayed together until the birth of their child then they separated. They met again. She’s married and he’s got a pretty girl with him and to see him realizes his lost but both accepted that it work out the way it should. Her line, “You’re girl is lovely, Hubbell” and the song “The Way We Were” played during this last scene made me cry silently mourning for a love lost. Ahhh…love does not really conquers all.
6. “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”, one of the most memorable movie quote of all time uttered by Rhett Butler to his Scarlett O’Hara. Gone With The Wind is definitely one of the most romantic film ever made.
The dashing debonair Clark Gable and the beautiful Vivien Leigh are just perfect for their roles. It’s the Civil War. Scarlett wanted to marry Ashley but he wanted to marry her cousin. She pleaded him to choose her. Little did she know that Rhett is in the room listening to them. Her ego was shaken. This was followed by their own love story. She doesnt want to admit she loves him so he left her and that quote I wrote in the beginning is the classic line he spoken to her, when she asked him : “Rhett, where will I go when you go?”. It’s an open for anything ending. If you know how focused and determine Scarlett is, Rhett won’t be able to resist her. So, I guess for me, this is still a happy ending.
to be continued…