Friday, February 03, 2006
You complete me.
Having not seen the Evil Weevil so far this year - we arranged to catch up last Monday. As is a normal occurrence for our meetings we usually have dinner followed by a movie. Now I'm a bit of a movie snob, so on occasion I ask that the other person choose the movie. That way I often get to see films I would normally avoid - and perhaps become a little more balanced in the process. Sometimes I get to see some amazing gems, and sometimes not.
This time Evil Weevil chose "Just Like Heaven".
The film was mildly entertaining in a chewing gum for the mind kind of way, but I found myself wondering if the plot was any more (or less) far fetched than a Michael Bay extravaganza - like Pearl Harbour. Well I said to myself - at least Pearl Harbour happened, and although there were no ghosts per say it was no worse for their omission. It might have been better though.
But Reese did a good job - the movie was warm and tender, with ... ok it was bollox, but what do you expect.... If you want to see Reese in a drama go see "Walk the Line". Resse is simply the next Meg Ryan - and that's all I'm going to say about that.
This lead me to think about romantic dialog in movies, and how if people said what the actors said in real life, how unlikely the romance would continue. Take for example this dross;
I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
Ahhhh... The word STALKER comes to mind...
Here are some other examples of swoon inducing moments in cinema....that just cant work in real life. And if they did work you'd probably be more than slightly worried......
"You complete me"
"You make me want to be a better man"
"Happiness isn't happiness without a violin-playing goat."
"I like to start my notes to you as if we're already in the middle of a conversation. I pretend that we're the oldest and dearest friends- as opposed to what we actually are- people who don't know each other's names and met in a chat room where we both claimed we'd never been before. What will NY152 say today, I wonder. I turn on my computer, I wait impatiently as it boots up. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You've got mail. I hear nothing, not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beat of my own heart. I have mail. From you."
So a challenge for you, constant reader, is to find a romantic movie quote that wont work in real life, and post it as a comment. And don't forget to have fun!