From the first instant Bride Flight began I felt a sense of expectancy. Moments later that curiosity turned into sadness and hair raising nostalgia. The film is beautifully done. Director Ben Sombogaart brings us on the whirlwind journey of the passengers flying on a plane destined for New Zealand. Most of the women traveling on what would turn out to be a fateful flight, expect to meet their fiancés to begin a new and better life. European post-war flooding and poverty have given rise to the search for a more prosperous future. Many Europeans emigrated to Australia and New Zealand in search of greener pastures, in some cases literally. Bride Flight takes us well beyond their journey to the promised land, it continues by telling a touching tale certain to make you cry.
One Day caused me to feel a thousand and one emotions. Unfortunately the balance is tipped in favor of negative sentiments. Much of this purported love story is deranged. The two protagonist's pathway to amore is riddled with missteps, abused opportunities and considerable dissatisfaction. The two lovebirds take years to burgeon their romance; so much so that when it finally arrives there are so many obstacles and resentments it is any wonder it worked at all. Director Lone Scherfig crams potent emotions down the audience's throats. One Day is the story of a young pairing of friends-turned-lovers fresh out of college in 1988 and ready to begin their lives, wherever it will lead them. Their journey continues for over twenty turbulent years.
Something Borrowed is a thoroughly modern romance film. It does not rely on tired or trite templates, and it audaciously confronts modern social issues (illicit pregnancy, love-triangles, overt-sexuality, cheating, and the inevitability of physical attraction being the great destroyer of friendships). Two of my favorite actors star in Something Borrowed; John Krasinski, and Kate Hudson (loved her in Alex and Emma). The only two flaws I can prelude for you my dear readers, are the despicable nature of the breakdown of friendships in the film, and Krasinski's overexposure (I learned, perhaps for the first time, that film stars should not be regulars in weekly sitcoms as it inadvertently causes them to appear both stale and typecast).
I honestly cannot decide if Waiting for Forever is the best movie ever or the worst. At times it is both simultaneously and therein lies its beauty. It is a love story but with wretched truths and tragic collisions. Everybody is suffering from some inner turmoil. The verdict is indecipherable but I can assure you that Rachel Bilson is wonderful and her costar Tom Sturridge delivers a performance that is superb in its devotion to an eternally flawed character. Will Donner (Sturridge) is a hedonist who has turned a blind eye to the pain that life delivers. He lives in a self-created fantasy world in which true love conquers all and anything is possible. Is he a complete fool or a beautiful dreamer? I honestly don't know.
Crazy, Stupid, Love is the romantic movie event of the summer. Whereas Friends with Benefits caters to pop culture addicted children, Crazy, Stupid, Love is for heartfelt adults. The former is about casual intercourse between the shallowest of people. The latter proposes a complicated love hexagon (if my calculation is correct). On the surface I would suspect that Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling would make for strange bedfellows, but in practice they turned out to be a finely tuned ensemble. Read more for details about this juicy summer mayhem, I mean romance, romance!
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