It's a new month, which brings us to a new Thursday, and that means it's time for Thursday Movie Picks! This whole month has it's own sub-theme; Valentine's! So, first up is the Star-Crossed Lovers portion of the month, and as we all know, star-crossed lovers are lovers doomed to experience an end to their relationship, whether it be in death or in the terrible fact that they just cannot be together. So, I decided to go with three sets of doomed relationships that were doomed because of the terrible world in which we live.
|Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007)|
So a few things here. We've heard the whole 'poor boy loves rich girl and society won't allow their happiness' routine before. Seen it a thousand times. We've seen it end well, and we've seen it end in tragedy. But, this love story doesn't end because of society, because I have a strong feeling that, left alone, these two would have lived forever in each other's arms. No, this relationship died due to a little girl and a lie and that lie spread so sharply through this family that it caused the unthinkable and the unspeakable and next thing you know, next thing you feel, is the sharpest pangs of love lost; forever.
|Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, 2012)|
Here we go again with the societal 'poor boy loves rich girl' route, but what makes Andrea Arnold's art-house rendition of this classic tale especially profound is the race card thrown in. By making our lead African America, the game is changed and the tale is much deeper in its depiction of the doomed love between these two 'adopted' siblings.
|Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)|
UGH, has there been a more romantic pairing in recent years? I think not. These two were perfect for each other, and I think the pain we feel when they no longer are together is felt so strongly because of the realization that we all want this kind of love; this kind of companionship. Here though, the relationship is doomed from the start because these two worlds just cannot share that kind of space and in the end, more is needed to sustain a relationship.