Romance and love is something that can come in many forms. In some movies they may mistake sex for love. In some movies as in 'Warm Bodies' love can grow between two different species. Romance has been called a dying art but in film it can be presented in so many different ways. Here are some of this year's Romance Films and I want you to take the time to tell me if you agree. So sit back and watch these movies with that special someone and remember love is in the air. Enjoy.
'The Great Gatsby' - The story opens with Nick spending some time at a sanitarium. The doctor is trying to get him to open up concerning his summer on Long Island. After a short discussion, the Doctor suggests he write out his problems.
You see when Nick came to Long Island that summer he was an upstart of sorts. He was new to the workings of the market and he had a small cottage to live in. He was not a member of the society on the Island. Nick has a cousin who married into the stinking rich class. Her husbands name is Buchanan, Tom Buchanan. They live in a very substantial house on the other side of the Island, the old money section. Now Nick is coming over for a bite of lunch. Daisy, nicks cousin, is lounging with a friend Jordan as he is brought into the sun room. Daisy's husband Tom is trying to relive his glory days as an athlete. Nick is simply taken aback with the wealth. At times it looks like he is just walking around with his mouth open.
The talk around the table is about the prominence of the white race in the world. In other words the same talk the Nazi's were doing in Germany about that time. A call for Tom disrupts the lunch. It is from Tom's mistress which just makes Daisy upset. Tom says to Nick that they have to go to the club that afternoon. Which is in layman's terms means that he and Nick have to go get his mistress and spend the afternoon in New York having fun.
Now Mr. and Mrs. Wilson run a low income gas station and garage This also happens to be the home of Tom's mistress, Myrtle Wilson. Tom gives her some money to catch the train into the city. She says she will call her sister for Nick to play with. Nick is brought into the hypocrisy of the folks on the Island. You have your wife at home and your mistress in an apartment in the city.
Nick's neighbor is a well to do by the name of Jay Gatsby. An upstart of sorts, as he has money but not old money. At Gatsby's home every weekend is a party. You don't get invited, you just show up. Well one day, Nick gets an invitation to a Gatsby party. He feels very honored as he walks through all the guests letting them know he was invited. The two meet and Nick is enamored with his neighbor. He holds on to every word Gatsby says and takes it in as if he never met anybody like him before. The two have lunch the next day and you get a glimpse into the life that Gatsby is all about. Gatsby talks about Nick's cousin Daisy and inquires to see if Nick can set up tea with Daisy.
You see Daisy and Gatsby had a thing before the War. Unfortunately, Gatsby was only a Lieutenant and didn't come from money. The awkwardness at tea shows just how silly in love the two had been all those years ago.
The story goes on to open up the door for Gatsby and Daisy to rekindle their long lost love. It also turns Nick into the person he never thought he would be. He sees the real world and he sees the make believe of the Roaring 20's. He is torn between the two.
The movie is based on the novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The movie is a good adaptation of the book. What I didn't enjoy was the 3d cinematography that the director tried to incorporate into the movie. As he was trying to pull off a look of early 20's camera work in the end he only made the movie darker than it should have been. The roaring 20's on Long Island was one of gay splendor. Brightness in thought and had no sign of the things to come: The stock crash of 29 and the rise of Fascism. On the whole I would say yes go and see it but keep an open mind. Enjoy.
'Frozen' - In a far away place is the Kingdom of Arendelle. A beautiful land with a royal family that has two beautiful daughters. The eldest daughter Elsa (Idina Menzel) has special powers that can change things to ice and snow. One evening the two girls are playing and Elsa hurts her sister Anna ( Kristen Bell) with some ice. The King takes his daughter to some trolls who can help her. Anna can be saved but she can never know of her sisters powers. The troll Pabby (Ciaran Hinds) is able to cure Anna and the family goes back home with their secret. They keep the two girls separate for years.
The king and Queen later get lost at sea and it's Anna who presides over the funeral. When it is time to coronate Elsa to be Queen it is Anna who wants everyone to attend. Elsa is still afraid of anyone finding out about her powers.
While the Ball is going on Anna is having such a great time dancing and actually falls for a Prince Hans (Santino Fontana). Elsa and Anna have a big fight and Elsa goes running off into the night turning everything into ice and snow in her wake. Anna wants to try and get to Elsa and tell her that it doesn't matter about her powers. Anna leaves Hans in charge and she goes off to find her sister.
While searching for her sister Anna runs into a man named Kristoff. She asks him to help her find Elsa. In their search Kristoff will lose his sleigh and though he is upset about it he still helps. Once found Elsa and Anna will once again argue and this time Elsa turns part of Anna's heart into ice.
Kristoff will take her to Pabby for help. You see Pabby and the other trolls are his adopted family. Pabby says their is nothing he can do but an act of love will help change her back. They think of Hans as Anna had a small love for him. So they try and return to Arendelle to try and find Hans.
This is a beautiful story of family and love. It is also a story on how sometimes the simplest things can get in the way of love. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee bring this story to life for us on the big screen. You see it is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Snow Queen". This is a must see this week or at the latest next but you must take your children and grandchildren and see it before Christmas. I can say this they will love you for it for the emotion and love you will get in return will melt the coldest heart.
'The Spectacular Now' - Sutter Keely ( Mile Teller) is a teenage boy who is having some growing pains. His mother Sara and father Tommy (Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kyle Chandler) are divorced. His older sister Holly (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is married and not living at home. His Girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) and he are not doing well and eventually break up.
Sutter is also on his way to being an alcoholic at a young age. When he and Cassidy break up he is devastated and gets drunk. He wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley) looking down on him. He doesn't even know where his car is at.
The two go deliver the newspapers in the back of her truck and they start to talk. He asks her to a party and she accepts. He starts to talk to her about school and if she can help tutor him. In other words he becomes attracted to her and she to him. He sees Cassidy and he still has feeling for her and if she would have let him they would have made love. Cassidy is now seeing the all American ball player Marcus (Dayo Okeniyi) and is torn between him and Sutter.
Okay, bottom line, Sutter is the kid that is going to fall. People really don't need to be around him because he will take them down also. You see Aimee is on her way to college and when she meets Sutter she almost gives up on that dream. Aimee and Sutter come from broken homes but it is Aimee who doesn't just live in the now like Sutter does. Aimee is out there for him and he doesn't even realizes it. Sutter is not a bad kid. He is just a kid that is falling through the cracks.
Director James Ponsoldt does an excellent job of bringing the societal woes of growing up in this day and age. It's a little more complicated than when we were growing up. This is a movie that will tug at your heart strings and might not let them go. It is a movie that at first you want to walk away from but then all of a sudden it grabs you.
'Love And Honor' - Our story opens in the summer of 1969. The Apollo 11 lifts of from Earth and lands on the moon. Protests and peace marches are taking place allover America against whatever you can think of, but mostly against the Vietnam War. Squads of American soldiers are in the woods of Vietnam trying to find Vietcong soldiers. You have a man on point to look for booby traps. Today's point is Dalton Joiner (Austin Stovall). You see Joiner has a good luck charm back home by the name of Jane (Aimee Teegarden).
Our squad runs into a fire fight and are able to take most of the Cong soldiers out. Our boys take some hits but come out of it pretty much okay, considering. Back at the base they get fixed up for R and R . They are headed to Hong Kong, but you see there is a problem. Joiner received a Dear John letter from his girl. He knows he has a week off. So he thinks he's going to try to make it back to the States to ask Jane to marry him. His friend Mickey Wright (Liam Hemsworth) follows suit and they head back home to take care of business. As long as they can get back to Nam before the week is out nobody would really be the wiser.
They make it back home and Jane has now changed her name to Juniper and she is living the life of a Hippie. Peace, love, and tie dyed shirts, needless to say Joiner is floored. Mickey eyes a girl by the name Candace (Teresa Palmer). Life has changed and Jane has moved on. She tried to tell Joiner in the letter but he had to find out for himself.
This was a turning point summer for the United States. The war had taken it's toll on the American psyche. Kids were dying and kids were fighting against everything. Director Danny Mooney has put together a beautiful love story and has shown just how everybody was tore about all that was going on. If you remember these days it will feel like a trip down memory lane, and if you are younger you will see what your parents had to deal with as they were becoming young adults. Either way I hope you really enjoy this movie.
'Warm Bodies' - What can I say love makes the world go round. Even when R (Nicholas Hoult) a zombie, but a zombie that doesn't remember just how he became one. He and his friend M (Rob Corddry) are out traveling for food . Julie (Teresa Palmer) and her friends are doing the same but are also looking for medicine. They are not zombies. Julie's boyfriend is Perry (Dave Franco) but if you at the two together you would wonder why. Now both groups end up in a store together and R attacks Perry. Eating his brains allows him to see some of Perry's past. R sees how much Perry had loved Julie. R takes Julie to his airplane where he lives. The two at first are very weary of each other. R is fine the next morning for food he had taken some of Perry's brain to eat later but Julie wakes up hungry and R has to go look for the living food. M is upset with the fact that R is showing Julie so much attention. In his mind the living are only good for eating.
Julie and R take off and try to have some fun. They run into some bonies but some zombies are intermixed with the group. They notice Julie and R holding hands and they are bewildered but they let the two pass. Julie and R settle down for the night and it has been raining and she asks R to lie next to her to keep her warm. In the meantime Zombies are starting to feel a again. They don't know what it is but they like. Julie takes off when R is asleep and runs out of gas. R wakes up to find her gone and is depressed. He vows to never feel again but he can't seem to get away from it. Julie ends up with her family again but will R go looking for her. Well your going to have to finish watching the film. Look this is a simple tale of love. Director Jonathan Levine shows that love can come in many forms. Even zombies and humans can learn to love each other. It is an enjoyable story so sit back watch this form of love story. Enjoy.