Ok, I'm up to the challenge! Zuma wanted us to post our top five date night movies. At some point in my life, these movies have had (and still have) a special meaning for me, so they had to be included in this list. At some point, I'd actually written a review of the last two movies (SPOILER ALERT!!), on my View to a Thrill blog, so I am posting them here. I hope that you enjoy my picks!!
"The Bodyguard" starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner
The unlikely love story between a no-nonsense, former secret service agent and a spoiled, wealthy pop star. I've always been a sucker for'odd-couples' who find one another despite their current circumstance. The music is phenomenal, the plot is exciting and the romance is believable....and the kiss at the end of the movie is breathtaking.
"Somewhere in Time" starrring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve
This is most certainly a four hankie movie. A playwright's life is changed by an old woman's plea for him to come back to her. Through a series of mystical events, he manages to travel back in time to find her and he does.
"The Notebook" starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
An old man relates an old story about a young couple who were in love but separated by her parent's inability to accept a poor man as her intended. Through a series of events, they are reunited and things really begin to get interesting. This is a mystery that will have you crying like a baby in the end.
"P.S. I love you" starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler
If you were dying, do you think you could have the strength to look beyond your own personal pain to try to ease the suffering of the ones you leave behind? Gerry Kennedy (Gerard Butler) knew that he only had months to live and he wanted to spend that precious time reassuring the woman that he loved (Hilary Swank) that life was for the living. He understood that living was as much a process as dying and he had to help her realize that somehow. The last thing that he wanted was for his wife to be metaphorically buried with him.
That sentiment played throughout the movie especially when the director opted not to show a deathbed scene….that would have been too calculating and the antithesis of the larger message…..the celebration of life and the difficult journey in getting there. His posthumous letters would turn out to be the exact road map to lead her in that direction.
The success of his plan would surprise Gerry himself, as it seems that it led Holly to someone who loved him too. It was good to see her family and friends rally around her to provide able assistance to his plan, most notably, Holly’s mom and his nemesis (Kathy Bates, who could relate having had her own sense of loss) who couldn’t possibly deny him his last request. This movie gave a compelling argument for pushing through your fears and reaching out and holding on to loved ones; it was a perfected balance of love, loss and renewal.
Though some would classify this movie as a ‘chick flick’…..I think that it could affect anyone dealing with such a heart wrenching loss. It’s a movie that inspires a person to summon up the courage to go on, even when they can’t possibly imagine….how to.
"August Rush" starring Keri Russell, Freddie Highmore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Until last night, I was convinced that the best movie to watch when you’re feeling blue is a comedy. I’m beginning to think that I was wrong. Movies that inspire and encourage you seem to be the antidote for a troubled heart. After the laughs from a comedic movie have subsided, there is still a longing, a void in the spirit that isn’t quite filled.
August Rush is a magical blend of the type of hope and unwavering faith that is borne in childhood and unfortunately jaded and diminished as time and life experiences takes a toll on a human life. Freddie Highmore gets his first top billing as the boy who is convinced that he will be reunited with the parents who love him and are equally invested in finding him as well despite all evidence to the contrary. In the face of incredibly insurmountable odds, he remains focused on following the music that will lead him home.
Along his journey, he encounters a series of colorful characters; some of whom have his best interests at heart and some who have poorly obscured hidden agendas. Two stand outs are Jamia Nash (Hope) and Leon Thomas (Arthur) two beautifully gifted young musicians who befriend and unwittingly teach the essence of music to Evan along the way.
Robin Williams does a chilling turn as Wizard, a smarmy mixture of the Pied Piper of Hamlin and Fagin in Oliver Twist. He inspires fear in his charges under the guise that under his tutelage they would be safer than being left at the mercy of the system he so despises…perhaps because they failed him in some way? It becomes all too clear that after discovering that August (nee Evan) is a musical genius that his concern has more to do with his love of the almighty dollar than protecting ‘throwaway’ kids.
Keri Russell (Lyla) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Louis) made you believe in the possibility of love at first sight. After losing the light of her eyes through an ostensibly ‘fatherly’ gesture, Lyla set out to find the answer that was denied her eleven years, two months and 15 days prior. Ironically, at the same time, Louis gives in to what he has running from and simultaneously drawn to, his love for a woman he only met once.
All three are brought together in a symbiotic realization that they were drawn together by the very thing that united them so completely. Finally, they were reunited by the music that called them all together, the same night, the same place, the same time, sharing the same heart. This movie reminds us to listen to the child inside of all of us by believing in the possibility……of whatever our dreams may be.