Love is in the air at the multiplex
Sitting in the dark, elbows pressed together, your fingers brush as you reach for popcorn at the same time.Your eyes meet and suddenly . . . magic!
It’s Valentines night and you’re with your one true love at the movies.
Roll your eyes if you must, but a glance at the new releases list this week tells us Hollywood knows exactly where you’ll be on February 14.
Cinemas around the region will be positively dripping with rose petals and red foil-covered chocolate hearts as an array of romantic smooshiness rolls into the multiplex today.
Every genre, from art house to fantasy, gets a lovey-dovey makeover, so while you might strike out at love, you’d have to be a fool to strike out at the box office.
My No 1 choice for movie romancing this Valentines Day is light- hearted romp Are we officially dating? (known as That awkward moment in the United States).
Directed by first-timer Tom Gormican and starring everyone’s imaginary boyfriend, Zac Efron, Are we officially dating? tells the story of three friends who decide to give up romance in solidarity with their love-lorn pal.
It’s just not Valentines Day without a Zac Efron movie, but the movie’s big drawcard is that it’s a romantic comedy from the guy’s point of view.
Which is great, but mostly we just want to know if The Zeffer will take his shirt off. (NB: he does.)
If art house sensibilities are more your speed, however, French romance Blue is the warmest colour might be the one for you.
It’s directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, whose trademark long takes and superlong running times are used to great effect in this delicate and sensitive character study of gay love.
Blue sounds like a bit of a tear-jerker, though.
Maybe a film called Endless Love better bet for Cupid’s Big Day Out?
You’d think so, but a somewhat trashier looking remake of the 80s semisoftcore classic, which was itself a modern take on Romeo and Juliet, Endless Love looks, frankly, terrible.
A well-worn story of young, desperate love and parental tyranny, it stars Alex Pettyfer, looking somewhat at sea amid all the emotion, and Gabriella Wilde, similarly bamboozled, as the star-crossed lovers.
Cynics among you probably think enduring true love is a fantasy, so what better way to celebrate love than with a fantasy film?
Supernatural romance Winter’s Tale is just the ticket, with its snow-billowing tale of love across the ages and a man
is a who lives and loves forever.
It also stars our own Russell Crowe as the baddie. That’s enough to get my $16.50.
Winter’s Tale is a century-spanning tale of magic and romance told by a stellar cast that includes Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Will Smith and Colin Farrell.
Director Akiva Goldsman knows where even the hardest heart hides its strings, and how to tug them.
It’s impossible to write about film this week without mentioning the tragic and untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent overdose. Understated, powerful and always generous, Hoffman was a true craftsman actor, and the cinema will be poorer for his loss.