Becky and I have teamed up for a new feature this year because we chatted about watching old romance favourites during the holidays and decided it’s high time we re-watched some of them – together. Well, sort of. We made a list of our “must see” romance movies and then discovered that while our tastes align in many ways, we just can’t see eye to eye on others (Richard Gere being one notable example). :)
So if you’re interested in re-visiting the past and your teenage years, you might want to join us in watching (and reviewing, if that’s your thing) these movies – our posts will probably go live on the third Monday of each month, but things may vary because of LIFE, which does tend to interfere from time to time. So here’s the list for the next months:
- February: When Harry Met Sally
- March: The English Patient
- April: Dirty Dancing
For January, though, we have a special old-school treat for you. It’s Romancing the Stone month and let me tell you, this movie is great. It has everything you can expect from an 80’s romantic comedy. We picked it because Becky said she remembers watching it as a kid – and I said I did, too, though I only remembered the heroes being very wet in the jungle.
The heroine, Joan Wilder, is a romance novelist. Since this is the 80’s (the movie is from 1984), the romances she writes are pretty old school, with Wild West settings and horses and all. She lives alone with her cat, Romeo, and her editor is constantly trying to set her up, but Joan is waiting for her Prince Charming (or rather, a cowboy who would sweep her off her feet and ride with her into the sunset).
But then one day, she receives a weird letter from her sister’s deceased husband (we find out he’d been murdered in Colombia), her apartment gets trashed and her sister calls: she’s been kidnapped and the letter Joan received contains a very valuable treasure map that Joan is to bring to Colombia or else. And so begins the adventure of a complete city girl leaving on a trip she’s in no way prepared for.
Well, let’s leave the plot at that because there really aren’t that many plot twists in this movie and I’d probably spoil them all for you – and let’s focus on the characters. First of all, Joan is great. She can be a bit of a damsel in distress and she’s painfully naïve, but I liked her tenacity and her ability to adapt to the situation despite it being her worst possible nightmare. I really like Kathleen Turner, she’s so pretty and I think she plays the role to perfection.
Then there’s Jack – the mercenary, unwilling savior who happens upon Joan in a moment of need. I … I’m not fully convinced by Jack as a love interest. First of all, I know Michael Douglas was considered a hottie back in the 80’s but his blue eyes and strong jaw just don’t do it for me. Also, Jack’s actions towards Joan weren’t all that honorable. Eh, he gets a 2/5 star rating for a love interest from me.
I completely forgot that Danny DeVito stars in this movie, his character offers the comic relief I’ve come to expect from him. Also, the villain is cheesy but sufficiently evil (he has a very villainy mustache), so we have all the boxes checked for an adventure/romance.
All in all, I think this movie is well worth a re-watch if you remember seeing it as a kid and want to relive the glory of the 80’s. It’s actually older than me (not by much, though), but I do remember it being run on the TV a lot during my childhood. If you haven’t seen it yet and if you’re in the mood for some horrible style choices and a typical romantic plotline, it can definitely offer some relaxing entertainment. Oh, and it apparently has a sequel.
Some of the movies we picked for this feature are like Romancing the Stone – we’re fully aware they’re cheesy but we loved them as kids and we want to give them another go. But others are great, meaningful movies that we’ve had on our to-watch lists forever. In any case, we’d be very happy if you decided to join us and chat about these old gems! And don’t forget to check out Becky’s post as well!
Have you seen Romancing the Stone? What did you think?
Do you like watching old favourites or are you afraid of ruining the memory?
I’d love to hear from you! :)