I can think of a 100 movies based on the theme of romance and dating. But I had my picks when it came to zeroing on the best ones of the lot. But I decided to go one step further, did a survey of sorts through free online dating websites and dating communities on social networking sites and picked three popular movies for my “Top Three Dating Movies” list. Each of them is dating themed movies, but with a certain twist that sets them apart from the romance regulars.
When Harry meets Sally: no surprises here. This one bagged the maximum votes and I am glad because I wanted this movie to go to my list. Personally, this is not one of the best romantic movies I have seen. But this one bagged many votes probably because many people could relate to this in some way, and why not, given the number of sub plots the movie has. Nevertheless, the focus of the ever complicated relationship between the. Like most romantic movies, the romance between Harry and Sally does not evolve from love at first sight to a more serious relationship. It happens with a thud when Harry barges into the new year party and expresses his love for Sally.
The story itself is unusual. It is a reversal of romance since it starts with hate and develops into love. “Men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way,” the dialogue is central to the movie and is explored and answer derived through the plot of the movie. This might be another theme which appeals to the audience.
The movie is humorous weaved with a series of unexpected incidents, leaving the audience glued to their seats to see what happens next. The curiosity ad suspense is maintained throughout the movie.
50 first dates: a cult dating movie of recent times, again popular for its unusual plot dimension. 50 first dates is one of the most adorable romances I have come across. The Henry that we see in the beginning of the movie and the Henry he turns out to be by the end of the movie undergoes unrecognizable transformation through the length of the movie, unmistakably brought about by his emotional involvement with Lucy, a patient suffering from short term memory loss who incessantly loses her ability to remember events of her life from the previous day of her life.
When Henry meets Lucy, the connection between the two is obvious. But it also seems obvious that the flirtatious and carefree Henry will commit to a bond of love that too with a girl who can remember Harry nor the moments spent with him the very next day. The commitment shown by Harry towards Lucy comes as a surprise but is absolutely adorable. Though quite outlandish, Lucy’s dreams about Henry and the moments spent with him, that take form in her paintings add to the romance in the movie and justify the true love between Henry and Lucy. This may look silly for some, but it does uphold the theme of love and romance.
In an age where free online dating is the order of the day, movies like 50 first dates seem unreal and vague. But it is a reminder of platonic love and romance of the good old days, a theme that has not been explored for a long time.
Blind Date: its on #3 probably because it is the oldest among the three movies and not many are familiar with this movie. But it is as hilarious, entertaining and twisted as the other two entries on the list. Henry the protagonist is a workaholic with a non existent personal life and the fact that the his blind date is central to the movie itself makes it interesting.
The fact that Walter takes Nadia on a date due to demands of his work shows how annoyingly workaholic people could get. But everything that happens thereafter, on his blind date with Nadia is humorous, unexpected, action packed which is in contrast to the boring life that Walter otherwise leads. The movie is an example of how awry blind dates can get, considering you don’t really know about your date. This should be an eye opener to all the free online dating service users out there, who go are ready to go on blind dates without thinking of consequences.
Blake Edwards, the director of the movie has excelled yet again in making a comedy that is filled with a series of unexpected encounters. Though we all expect to see Nadia and Walter together by the end, it doesn’t happen. But loose ends are tied in other ways. Nadia getting back to her ex-boyfriend is adorable, and the date does leave Walter perception of life changed. All parties gain something out of the situation. The movie is a entertaining, to appoint where it turns into a farce and there is room for plenty of laughter.