Romantic movies to see and review on Netflix
Before sealing with a kiss, the famous pink apostrophe between the words I love you, a love story usually the two protagonists have to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Sometimes they are unlikely couples – a la Pretty Woman, to understand – others instead of epic scenarios in delicate historical moments – as Gone with the Wind teaches – but often ordinary people are involved, with rather prosaic daily problems that clash with ineluctable destinies. Regardless of the premises, the library of romantic movies up Netflix it is able to satisfy every degree of romanticism, even providing some cynical (but only apparently) alternative, typical of Mel Gibson in What Women Want or Sandra Bullock in Miss Detective. There are no royals or nobles in the five titles proposed, but this does not mean that the feelings turn out to be less refined or worthy of esteem. Neither of the gentlemen in question shows up in shining armor or on a white steed, but their gestures prove equally heroic or pure. Leaving the audience to sigh, sobbing and daydreaming after the classic “happy ending”.
1. Write me a song
Clumsy in Notting Hill, shy in Sense and Sense, scandalous in Bridget Jones’s Diary, rowdy in Love Actually and clumsy in Four weddings and a funeral: the romantic declensions of Hugh Grant on the big screen they have variations of all kinds and all irresistible in their own way. Yet it is in Write me a song that the British icon par excellence of lovestories in the room shows its vulnerability. His alter ego this time is Alex, a former musician of an Eighties boy band who today lives among neighborhood fairs and amusement parks, re-proposing cult songs of the time with the famous swaying in tow. He has no ambitions, human or professional, because he knows that the best is over. Or at least believe it before meeting Sophie (Drew Barrymore), a rather hypochondriac and almost obsessive girl with an innate talent for writing. He breaks into his apartment to water the plants, but has no idea how to do it since he tends to flood the fake ones with water, but in that moment something unexpected happens. He needs a lyricist and she, even if she doesn’t know it, a second chance, after being used and thrown away by the university mentor who then turned her story into a bestseller. If you ever need another reason to look at it, just listen to the soundtrack to find the good mood instantly.
Joyful, carefree and nostalgic, the perfect mix for those who believe that love has no expiration date.
2. The steps of love
Credit to merit for Nicholas Sparks, who always manages to shed a river of tears with his novels. This adaptation is no exception and remains one of the cornerstones of the sick lit, that kind of heart-breaking stories that weave lovestories and diseases of various kinds from bookstore to cinema. In this case it is she, Jamie (Mandy Moore), to suffer from an incurable disease but without making it known: cheerful, generous and very sweet, she is not part of the circle of popular children of her high school, of which Landon (Shane West) seems to be the president. After the initial distrust he falls in love with her and doesn’t let anything stand between them. Redemption, hope, innocence: in a bucolic scenario of the American province, adolescence acquires its truest shades because it lacks the rhetoric that often embraces teen dramas. And there they are, beautiful and in love, fighting against the inexorable passage of time.
Delicate, deep and overwhelming: this film is like first love and is recommended for those who know how to tap into that freshness so as not to drown in cynicism.
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3. The hard truth
More than a comedy, it looks like a bizarre macho manual for uninhibited women. Or so he thinks Mike (Gerard Butler), a cynical and foul-mouthed TV host who achieves success by dispensing practical advice on how to get under the skirts of ladies. He does not believe in love and has no intention of pursuing it, that’s why when she has to work for the producer Abby (Katherine Heigl) it looks like a sign of the Apocalypse. This blonde, in fact, is stiff and pragmatic, one of those who stalk a man online before a date and prepare a list of conversation topics when she finally manages to go out for dinner. The new colleague teaches her the most useful tricks to keep a partner close, from extensions to wonder bra, from bottom up jeans to sex toys. Between one repetition and another, however, the sexual tension between the two skyrockets …
Fun, uninhibited and creative: ideal for those who have unclear ideas about the art of towing, but can accept a couple of tips …
4. Meet Joe Black
Brad Pitt in a state of grace is the personified beauty of Death, an elegant stranger of few words who knocks on your door to take you away with him. The film, based on the comedy of the same name by Alberto Casella, is a riot of opulence and decadent charm. The context seems definitely the least suitable for a love story because Joe Black – as Bill (Anthony Hopkins) introduces him to the family – lets himself be enchanted by the man’s daughter, Susan (Claire Forlani), to the point of wanting to take her with him in the afterlife. Heartbreaking portrait of love, selfishness, renunciation and rebirth through which all the protagonists look inside, ask themselves questions, approach or move away, but in this journey they understand themselves and their heart better. Silences, dialogues, atmospheres: everything about this film speaks of passion, family dynamics and sentimental obstacles in a hymn to life not to be forgotten.
Struggling, poetic and mysterious: recommended for those who experience feelings with light and shadow and are not afraid to look them in the face.
5. Two weeks to fall in love
Two out of five titles feature Hugh Grant: it’s too much? Maybe, but his British gaze as an irreverent gentleman just can’t be resisted. The “victim” of the moment of his charm is Sandra BullockGeorge Wade, a superficial and capricious millionaire, in the rigorous suit of Lucy, an upright human rights lawyer, who finds herself working for him, in order to save a Coney Island community center by preventing him from turning it into apartments luxury. This immature and spoiled Peter Pan calls her for every little need, from the color of the tie to the choice of mattress, bringing her to exhaustion. On the one hand she feels she is compromising her own integrity, on the other she tries to bear it with the patience of a saint in order to achieve a noble goal. Meanwhile the squabbles between the two lead to something else, while she quits giving him the proverbial two weeks’ notice to which the title refers.
Rocky, hilarious, optimistic: the film is recommended for those who know how to smooth their corners to accommodate the imperfections of others.
Two weeks to fall in love