Last year, I posted a blog listing movies perfect for Valentine’s Day. In the interest of space, I kept my list to precisely three movies: Bridges of Madison County, The Painted Veil, and Labor Day. For this year’s list, I will continue to adhere to the rule of three! Like before, narrowing down the playing field is not easy. There are so many good weepers out there and only so much space on my blog. Again, I’m going rogue and picking outside the norm. I know people love “Love Actually” and “Sleepless in Seattle” but I’m not having any of those. What good is a Valentine’s Day movie if you can’t feel like your heart is about to explode? Granted, my picks will make your heart burst with love AND sorrow, but love is a multi-faceted emotion, is it not?
So here we go - in no particular order:
Me Before You, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam . Based on the epic book of the same name by JoJo Moyes, Me Before You defies tradition. This isn’t your typical boy meets girl flick; it’s a true heartbreaker that focuses on how one brief love can change the course of an entire life. The performances are stellar and the film was very true to the beloved book. (It has a great soundtrack also.) My daughter still rolls her eyes recalling how I wept like a toddler in the movie theater. For months after Me Before You, she refused to got the movies with me. Thankfully, I have redeemed myself with her.
Ghost, starting Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. I realize I don’t need any other reason to have this movie on my list other than the words Patrick Swayze. However, this movie is so much more than that incredibly handsome man. Admittedly, all Patrick movies are harder to watch now that we have lost him, but this movie really goes for the jugular. A handsome man devoted to his wife and desperate to find a way to communicate with her even after he’s left this earth? Be still my heart! Add to that the groundbreaking usage of a pottery wheel in a love scene and “Unchained Melody” and there simply are not enough tissues at hand.
The Illusionist starring Edward Norton. At first glance, you might think that this movie doesn’t really fit the romance category, and in truth, it probably doesn’t. But here are the reasons it needs to be there. First, you have Edward Norton. Enigmatic, captivating, intense and so handsome he makes me weak in the knees; he is the ultimate leading man. Add in the fact that he sports black hair and a goatee in this movie, and bonus points start accumulating. His performance (as always) is riveting and the fact that his character spends the entire movie conjuring a way to be with his beloved makes this a romantic movie indeed. Finding a way to be with your soul mate, an ending that involves a HEA, and Edward Norton? A trifecta of romance for sure.
Well, that’s it for this year. Stock up on tissues, popcorn and Snocaps and cue up the Netflix. Get extra tissues. You have been warned.