Friday, 13 February 2015

Top 5 Romantic Films According to a Non-Romantic

I don't like rom-coms in general. They all have the same story, and they effectively have the same characters if you look at the personality traits of the leading roles. I could easily go off on a rant about the sexism in them but imma stick to the title...
1. What If - I've talked about this film before and since then I've watched it another time. Yes it is a rom-com but oh wow it is so much better than any other rom-com I've seen! The characters aren't stereotypes, they feel real, like people you'd meet on the street. The best word I can come up with to describe every aspect of this is realistic. Well, I think it is anyway. Yes it has a predictable ending, but everything in between feels so raw. I don't want to say anymore about it, just watch it and see for yourself.

2. Pride and Prejudice - bit of a jump from What If to P&P but this will always be one of my faves. I've read the book too and loved it and think the film did an amazing job of bringing this book to life, which would have been a hard task. I think my reason for loving it is similar to the reason why I love What If, because the characters seem so much more real. It's also an easy watch, although I haven't come across a romance film that isn't...
3. 10 Things I Hate About You - this film has one of my favourite movie scenes of all time. I'm sure you can guess the one! It's such a classic and an easy watch. Sure, it's predictable but like the others I think I like it because the characters seem more realistic than in most other rom-coms. It feels so nostalgic and relatable for young gals too. Young love usually is dramatic and intense and I think this film portrays it so well.

4. Love Actually - I know this is a Christmas film but it's one of the few rom-com films I like. It focuses on the everyday and different types of love, so it's not just yay two people fall in love films over... kinda thang. It intertwines the lives of many as you see how love affects all of them in different ways.
5. Horns - OK so technically this is a horror/fantasy but it revolves around the death of a young woman and everyone believes it was her boyfriend (or ex boyfriend) who did it. This film.... was not what I was expecting. It's called a horror/fantasy and I get why, but don't be scared 'cos it's not really scary. It's more sad and intriguing. I'm including it here because the love of this one woman is pretty integral to the story and personally I found it all rather touching. And not many films make me feel that way! Maybe it was because the love felt so true in the middle of all this weird horror stuff and Daniel Radcliffe growing actual horns...

Have you seen any of these films? If not watch them this Valentine's! I hope this isn't boring as I seem to have the same reason for loving each of these films... apparently for me to like a film the characters have to be more realistic haha. I'm really not into romantic movies but these films are brilliant films anyway, not just within their genre(s). I also know I have included two Daniel Radcliffe films but I honestly love both of these films so much and can't wait to see more of him!!

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