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Romantic Movie Series – Final Notes

In February, I published a series of blog posts about my favorite romantic movies. I tried to pick some which I could really “get behind” in terms of script and characters whose decisions don’t all make me facepalm. Of course, I enjoy other romantic movies than the ones listed, but some are really for pure entertainment when I want a no brainer. The eight movies I wrote about in this series are some that I can rewatch, and some on a (semi) regular basis.

I realized that certain patterns emerge when I put these (unlikely) titles together. I like when the romance isn’t the sole narrative element of the movie, i.e. when it deals with family, career, blends different movie genres. I love good banter between the main couple of course, and solid chemistry, but I don’t see the need for graphic sex scenes. I enjoy when the chemistry is obvious and making the tension huge and sometimes almost unbearable while showing nothing graphic is a more solid accomplishment in my view from a direction standpoint.

I also find it important that the characters evolve but not just because of each other. It is important that they want a change and can take matters in their own hands and not just look for a crutch into the other person. Mutual respect and building the relationship over several months/years if possible is something I find important.

It seems that I’m showing that I’m entering my thirties at the end of the year, because I don’t really care anymore for teenage couple stories. I prefer watching movies about grown ups, even if “young” grown up. I don’t mind characters making mistakes: I think it is important they do, but I prefer characters who are able to learn from them, realize they made some, and not just be stupid hot heads the whole movie, or whining beings.

So, I hope that you enjoyed the blog series, and in February 2015, I already have another romance oriented blog series in mind, but not for actual romantic movies! Until then, here is the recap of all the lists from the 2014 romance series:

  1. The Cutting Edge
  2. The Bodyguard
  3. Serendipity
  4. Baby Boom
  5. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
  6. Kissing Jessica Stein
  7. Speechless
  8. Playing by Heart

Romantic Movie Series #3 – Serendipity

Directed by Peter Chelsom and released in 2001, Serendipity stars Kate Beckinsale as Sara Thomas and John Cusack as Jonathan Trager. The two happen to meet by accident one day at Bloomingdale and spend the end of the afternoon and evening together. They get along wonderfully and share a lot during this fateful evening. They realize there could obviously be more between them but decide to leave the possibility of a future meeting in the hands of fate.

During the following years, they carry on with their lives both on a professional and personal levels. Yet, they always wonder whether they will be reunited. As they are both engaged, and Jonathan even close to his actual wedding day, they decide to see if fate might lead them to each other.

While this movie might seem irresistibly cliché, I like it because it says a lot about opportunities and timing in life, when it comes to people you meet and choices you make. I like how they didn’t cross any physical line when they first met, but knew they had a true connection. It is very poetic and also show that while they saw temptation, they didn’t act on it.

The way they also keep thinking about each other is also a catalyst for them to realize that the personal choices they had made weren’t meant for them and to break their respective engagement even when they have no idea they will meet again – and that Jonathan actually thinks Sara is happy with someone else.

While they eventually find each other again, with the little signs of fate finally showing up, the way they get to this shows them think for themselves as well, and not only in terms of what they might have together, shall they reunite.

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