14 March 2013

My Favorite Love Movie

I'm really not a huge fan of romantic comedies. Don't get me wrong, I'll watch them. When I'm in the mood for a movie, I'm often in the mood to use as little brain power as possible, and I love to laugh, so a romantic comedy often seems like a good option.

But I've rarely ever seen a romantic comedy that I genuinely like enough that I would watch it again, or recommend it to anyone else, or even feel like admitting that I've seen it.

Honestly, I didn't like Love Actually one bit. The Proposal is moderately funny, one of the better ones I've seen. Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail were rather boring. And I have to say, I don't think it's considered a romantic comedy, but I detest The Notebook. I guess it's just not my type of love story.

There's one romantic comedy, though, that I've watched dozens of times, and even now I could watch it with rapt attention and would cry at the ending, like I always do.

Roman Holiday. If you haven't seen it, you should. I'm not sure what makes it seem so much more appealing to me than today's romantic comedies. It's silly at times and involves just as unlikely of a situation as any modern rom-com. A princess and a journalist? The lead actors are so darn cute, that probably plays a partial role in why I like the movie so much.

But I don't know. I guess it's just the kind of love story I like. It may be an improbable love story, but it has the effect of ringing true, no matter how many times I see it. Maybe it's the ending that makes the movie. The difficult choice. The sound of Gregory Peck's footsteps ringing in an empty hallway--that's the makings of an ending that truly tugs at one's heartstrings. The movie never ends without me on my feet, shouting at the tv over the painfully beautiful injustice of it all. This movie brings back thoughts of an era when it was okay to choose the harder path, when "Love" wasn't the only thing that mattered...and for some odd reason, that makes love itself seem all the more powerful.

Have you seen Roman Holiday? What do you think? What's your favorite love story?
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Anonymous said...

I love that movie! I haven't watched it in years though. I need to track down a copy.

Unknown said...

Yeah for Roman Holiday! It was our favorite movie before it was yours! ;-) We introduced it to you, probably when you were quite young. What an inspiring tribute to a true classic of all time!

Katie Cook said...

Love it and own it! SUCH a great movie, and I think you hit the nail on the head when you said it really shows a LOVE that isn't exhibited now, a love that sacrifices. And it's just hilarious and adorable, and audrey hepburn is so cute and gregory peck charming! love this Rach!

Maggie B. said...

Roman Holiday is one of my favorite movies! =) Love love love it. Actually, there isn't a move that Audrey did that I don't like. "My Fair Lady" is my favorite, and the one where she's a nun.

Unknown said...

I've never seen roman holiday! I love movies from this era! Have you ever seen charade? it's fabulous.

Angi said...

I thought I was one of the only people on earth who wasn't a fan of Love, Actually. Seriously, I don't like that movie really at all. The Holiday is much better. So is ROMAN Holiday. ;)

Michelle said...

I'm also NOT a fan of Love Actually. And I LOVE Roman Holiday!!! Most of my favorite movies are from that era :)