Last weekend I finally watched a movie my husband recommended to me months ago. I’m not going to say the title due to potential spoilers. The movie wasn’t marketed as a romance but there is a super adorable romance as part of the story. The male lead was incredibly charming. We will call this character Peeta. (It’s not the Hunger Games.)
Husband had mentioned the story was a tear jerker, which is one reason I took so long to get around to watching it, so now I started fretting about Peeta. Then there are story developments and a love triangle happens. We’ll call this guy, Gale.
There were some valid reasons to root for Gale who was sweet and unsure of himself, but I was all team Peeta. I’m watching all these story developments: PeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeeta
Maybe I was supposed to feel tear jerky for Gale? Because there were story elements about that situation that were sad.
Meanwhile me: PeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeetaPeeta
Luckily, she picked Peeta. No tears were jerked.
Once I get invested in a romance in a story, that is all I can focus on. It doesn’t matter what else is going on with the story, my brain wants to see where the romance goes.
This is a very short list of some romance movies I love:
I love this movie. I was explaining the plot to a friend and his incredulity almost broke his face in half. “They’re in different times?” Yes. And I’m not even sure Sandra and Keanu have the greatest chemistry but I love the way they get to know each other through their letters. And I love the way Keanu drops in on her before she knows who he is. One of my go-to movies when I need to sit on the couch with fuzzy blanket and a glass of wine.
Last time I watched this I had to pause and rewind when I realized Lord Grantham is the one who asks Anna if she’s successful at acting in the dinner party scene. I love Hugh Grant in this movie. I made a Horse & Hound joke to a colleague not long ago and he did not get it.
During my last annual re-watch of this movie, I noticed it only had 2 stars. Only 2 stars!?!?! Who stars these things? This movie is so sweet. The performances, including Carroll O’Connor’s in his last film, are terrific. I love the old Italian guys at the restaurant. Four stars from me.
Jennifer Garner makes this movie work. I love the Thriller scene which by all rights should be cringe-worthy but I love it every time. Actually there are a lot of bits in this movie that are potentially creepy if you think about it too hard. Mark Ruffalo is good, too, as the confused, friend from 13.