Valentines Day is tomorrow (already?). While the couples of the world gear up to celebrate one of the four biggest nights of the year, the rest of the population thinks this. Anyway, I did say I was going to make an anti-Valentine post, and here it is (sort of)! Valentines Day usually mean happy endings, so keeping in line with the month of love, here are some movies where the romance has gone sour.
500 Days of Summer
We were already told from the start that this was not a love story. It was about Tom's story with Summer, from when they first down to him trying to move on. Come to think of it, Summer treated Tom as a friend with benefits. She said it herself she wasn't looking for anything. Still, it's Joseph Gordon Levitt, and I think this was the start of the revival of his mainstream career (although this is technically an indie, and he has indie cred).
I wouldn't recommend this for couples who are in long distance relationships, as it may not be inspirational when it comes to relationship. It does, however, gives a glimpse of young love, and all the sacrifices that had to be made in order to stay committed. I like the chemistry between Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones; they play such a heartbreaking couple. This is my second favorite Jennifer Lawrence film (this used to be the only one, but Silver Linings Playbook came out).
Take This Waltz
Maybe it's just me, but the way I see it, the romance did end sourly for Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, but (spoiler alert!) based on the after math of her actions toward her new man, I felt that she was simply back where she was started, like how she was when she was still with Seth Rogen. I think her need of attention says that she's not satisfied in the relationship. If you're a fan of Seth Rogen, he is pretty good here. He does have the potential of being in a drama, but if his character was stronger, his performance could have stolen the spotlight.
I swear, if there is an Oscar for Best Photography*, Blue Valentine should win it. I love their stills; it makes me want to watch the movie again. Blue Valentine explores the downs of married life, as the movie brings us in the middle of the peak of the degregation of their marriage. Both actors have splendid performances, their chemistry is also undeniable.
*maybe there is an Oscar for that
Moulin RougeFor someone who is not a fan of musicals, this is one that I can stand and love. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor play star-crossed lovers, a dancer who is already owned by someone else and a writer who believes in true love. A heartbreaking tale filled with song and dance, not only will it make you feel for them, but end up singing some of the songs as well.