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:
The Bodyguard, along with another title I picked for this series, is one of the most classically iconic romantic movies. Yet, this is still a favorite for many reasons after all those years. Directed by Mick Jackson and released in 1992, the movie features Kevin Costner as Frank Farmer, a former agent from the Secret Services, who now works as a bodyguard and is hired to protect the pop singer Rachel Marron, portrayed by Whitney Houston.
While it has all the good usual ingredients of a romantic movie, including stellar chemistry between Costner and Houston, I enjoy the thriller aspect of it, which is well intertwined with the romance. The fact that both characters still have ties to their families – Rachel with her sister and her son; and Frank with his father – is another aspect that gives more layers to the characters and how they discover and learn to understand each other.
Costner and Houston still form an iconic on screen couple in my view; and Houston was at her best, both as a singer and an actress. Her songs for the soundtrack are still amongst my favorite by her. Run To You and I Will Always Love You especially give me goosebumps.
Their characters have adorable, touching, sensual, conflictual moments together. I still have a soft spot for when she asks him out giving him all this reasoning about how it would be embarrassing if she asked someone else out with him tagging along. The whole evening is great and the infamous scene before they spend the night together, as she toys with the Katana in his living accommodation is one example that there is no need for graphic sexual content to depict tension and sensuality.
I also like the small gestures here and there during the rest of the movie, including when she follows him upstairs at his father’s home, when she playfully pulls at the hem of his pullover. And of course, there is also the airport scene at the end. I would be lying if I pretended not making a run for the tissue box every single time I watch it. No matter how classic it is, it still works!