Five Great Films for Valentine’s Day

Image: Maura Teague. /
Image: Maura Teague. /

If you haven’t already made plans for this evening, yes, it’s Valentine’s Day once again, why not take to the sofa, or grab a ticket to see one of the many great films that are out at the moment. Here are some suggestions that may inspire you…

Her (2014)

Spike Jonze unleashes his originality onto our screens with his futuristic and hearting warming (I cried) tale of lost and love found. Far from your average love story- don’t be fooled by the trailers, we see Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, cast his shining light with a totally whole- hearted performance. Twombly develops an unlikely relationship with his intellectually advanced personal operating system. Scarlett Johansen and Amy Adams also deliver star performances.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

A young and unlikely couple in love- one a boy scout and one sarcastic an anti-social teen, run away together. Their families, Scout Master, and the entirety of the locals club together to form a search party to find them. Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola have cooked up an all-star cast and presented it with no less than their regular dose of eccentricity. *This one is light-hearted and involves little emotional strain.

Romeo and Juliet (1996)

This is my favourite of the five, and the one I will be watching this evening. Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio…what more could you want? Baz Lurhmann takes hold of Shakespeare and injects the modern, verging on surreal. Lurhmann magically marries the outlandish with Shakespearean dialect and swaps swords for guns, whilst succeeding in taking nothing away from the love story itself.

Blue Valentine (2010)

If you are looking for true love standing the test of time, maybe this one isn’t for you. Ryan Gosling (Dean) and Michelle Williams (Cindy) star as a couple finding extraordinary love against the odds. As the audience you are witness to their unfolding tale as they gradually discover the unmoveable differences that come between them. Derek Cianfrance has managed to capture the intense emotions that arise from a relationship falling to the ground.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)

Louis de Bernières’s absolutely beautiful novel has been turned to the screen. Granted, the film doesn’t do justice to the book, but if you’re looking for a classical love story, this may be the one for you. Residing in a Greek village, Pelegia, the main female character sees her ill-fitted love interest sent away to war. Giving way to the many changes brought about by WWII, the village receives an influx of Italian soldiers- the commander of these soldiers is Captain Corelli. Corelli and Pelagia develop a relationship that spans a life-time.


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