Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks - Romance Tropes Edition: Forbidden Love

Wandering Through the Shelves hosts Thursday Movie Picks. It's a weekly series where bloggers post and share various movie picks every Thursday. 

The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.

This week is TMP Television Edition: Romance Tropes Edition: Forbidden Love.

Moulin Rouge (2001)

A writer and a showgirl hide their love affair from her fiance the Duke. 

Baz Luhrmann's directing style isn't for everyone, but I love Moulin Rouge - especially Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. Their chemistry is on fire, especially in the musical sequences like "Come What May" and "The Love Medley." I'm pretty sure this gave me a crush on both of them as a teenager. And I'm always amazed by the variety of roles Richard Roxburgh's has done over the years, and his performance of The Duke packs in a lot of different emotions from harmless and innocent to despicable and desperate.

Titanic (1997)

Engaged first class passenger Rose Dewitt Bukater falls in love with a starving artist while on the maiden voyage Titanic.

Titanic is one of my all-time favorite movies. Similar to Moulin Rouge, the relationship between Jack and Rose is one of the all-time popular movie couples. No matter how many times I've watched this, my sister and I always get into a debate about why Rose falls in love with Jack over Cal - which, I guess, is a sign of how memorable and good Billy Zane's performance is next to Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet who have to pull off such an epic romance.

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

When Lars's brother and sister-in-law moves into their parent's house, Lars falls in love with a life-size plastic woman Bianca. To help him grapple with underlying issues about his past and mental health, his family and the community go along with their relationship.

I was originally going to pick Casablanca for this last slot to make this an epic-romance subtheme but I couldn't pass choosing Lars and the Real Girl. The unconventional plot usually gives the wrong impression, but the film is charming with endearing performances by everyone, especially Ryan Gosling. Their relationship may not be technically "forbidden," but a person concocting of a whole relationship with an inanimate object is easy to be frowned upon in any other place besides the town that goes along with it. It's tough to make audiences believe that Bianca is a living-breathing person, but the script and direction pulls it off.

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