So yesterday I realized that today was Valentine’s day, which made me think, why haven’t I thought about writing anything? Why haven’t I watched anything for Valentine’s yet? Why am I not really hyped for Valentine’s this year? Then I remembered that I’m single and don’t need Valentine’s in my life. But there are still people out there who may want to watch something with their special one so, here we go. Two recommendations, one for whoever prefers watching a movie instead of having some homecooked fancy dinner with their partner and one for all of us the happily singles (I’m not crying you are, just kidding, I’m good)
Let’s start with the movie for the couples, this is a movie that I watched for the first time about a year ago, it’s a relatively new movie and even if it’s not necessarily a “Romance” movie like The Notebook or others, it is actually really good and intended to be watched with couples. The name is extremely long so I will only write it once, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”, interpreted by Lily James and Michiel Huisman (I know, not even I know much about them). The movie has a very interesting plot, after WWII in 1946, an English writer begins exchanging letters with residents on the island of Guernsey (it is actually a pretty cool island that looks so English, but without the rude people, just saying) which was German-occupied during the war. Now, this happens after the war so the Island is freed from its occupation and as the story progresses we get introduced to *insert name of the movie here* who became a secret book club, who besides reading, had an evening of feeling free and like back in the old days, they find a little bit of peace in the hard times of the war. I don’t want to spoil the rest so I’ll leave it at that.
I really liked this movie, although it’s not perfect (if you know me, you know what my opinion on most romantic movies is) and has it’s big plot holes, they are not as evident as most of the movies you normally see on your Netflix feed (not mine though, my Netflix feed is just the best *notice my sarcasm*). I think one of the main reasons as to why I like it, was for its historical emphasis, it’s not the most incredible war times movie, but the elegance of its characters and the colorless feeling in the sky for most of the scenes, even when everything is green, gives the movie a very good head start on most romantic movies. I actually watched this movie with someone the first time I watched it, that’s why I know that it works really good as Valentine’s movie. (Although I’m not the most “romantic” person when it comes to movies)
Now, let’s move on to one of my favorite movies of all time and one of the best (none) romantic movies of all time, a movie I have mentioned before in my blog and that I really really appreciate for its intrepid narrative and stunning dialogue, a movie that speaks up for all the heartbroken and leaves you with a tear of, happiness I guess. I’m talking about the movie that doesn’t get old no matter how many times we watch it, 500 Days of Summer. Did I mention that it’s one of my favorite movies of all time? Because it is.
What can I tell you about this movie? If you have seen it you know why it works so good on Valentine’s day. It’s the story of a love story but told in a non-linear way. What does this mean? It doesn’t start at the beginning and does not move chronologically; it starts in one part and jumps from one “day” to the other while showing you how things went from this “day” to that “day”. When it was first released people thought it was a romantic movie to watch with their partner, but the movie begins by telling you that it isn’t a romantic movie and that you shouldn’t expect a happy story, it literally starts like that, also with my favorite opening credits scene of all times.
The movie seems confusing at first since we start by knowing they break up, literally how it starts, or at least the first 15 minutes. So, you need to know that it doesn’t go chronologically, it is not a romantic story and it is strange, just like love. If you feel identified with Tom or if you feel identified with Summer, I’m sure you will learn something about you or other people, it shows the different stages of a relationship, with Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, as a metaphor for when you are doing great, good, ish and bad in a relationship. I haven’t seen another movie that tackles these things as good as 500DoS, and as a person who has gone through relationships where one was pushing more than the other one, I feel identified with the story and know what Tom felt when Summer… I won’t say, go watch it and tell me what you thought.
There you have it, two incredible movies to watch with or without (maybe with some ice cream and chocolate that you bought for yourself) a partner or spouse, or friend or whatever. I have seen both movies and I love both of them. Thanks for reading and make sure to let me know what you think.
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