It’s that time of year again, and it can either be the best or the worst for people. Not everyone’s situation is the same, so here are a couple of movie suggestions to spice up your Valentine’s Day based on your relationship status.
Single: “Bend it Like Beckham”
From the title, you can probably guess that this movie is about soccer or “football” as it’s known in its native country. In it, Jess, a British teen, is faced with the conundrum of choosing between living a regular life or pursuing her dreams of playing professional soccer like David Beckham. Jess also comes from a conservative Indian family that doesn’t think that women should play sports, which makes her decision even more difficult to make. Despite its a somewhat dark subject matter, the movie is really funny. The themes of family values and friendship over everything are revealed through its perfect blend of comedy, sprinkles of romance and a little bit of conflict. If you didn’t watch this movie as a kid, you didn’t have a childhood.
In a Relationship: “The Shape of Water”
If you asked anyone in 2017 what the plot of “The Shape of Water” was, they’d say it was about a woman falling in love with a fish-dude. First of all, he was an amphibian, which is not a fish. Secondly, the plot isn’t as simple as that. A laboratory worker, played by Sally Hawkins, discovers a classified government experiment in 1962, which turns out to be Amphibian Man. It’s true that the movie tells a story about an unconventional instance of love; however, it does this in a touching and whimsical way. It must’ve done something right as the movie gained lots of recognition from award ceremonies. It even won Best Picture and Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro) at the Oscars. Plus, Octavia Spencer’s in it, and who doesn’t love her?
Falling in Love with Someone You Can’t Have: “Misery”
This film adaption of one of Stephen King’s iconic novels still chills horror fans to this day since its release in 1990. James Caan plays Paul Sheldon, a Victorian romance novelist who gets injured after his car crashes in rural Colorado during a snow blizzard. Katy Bates’s character, Annie Wilkes, takes him in, helps him regain his strength, and supplies him with materials to help him write his next novel. Progressively throughout the film, it’s revealed that Annie is an obsessive fan. How obsessive you may ask? When Paul eventually gets better, she ties him to her bed and breaks his legs again so he can’t leave her. Despite Annie’s hope of Paul developing Stockholm syndrome, the rest of the movie highlights Paul’s plan for escape. The things people do for love — am I right, or am I right?
It’s Complicated: “West Side Story”
If you’re a musical buff like I was as a kid, chances are you spent a substantial amount of time watching “West Side Story” multiple times. This “modern” version of Romeo and Juliet follows an interracial couple and the adversities they face in the slums of 1950s New York City. Is there any better way of conveying racial tension and gang rivalry other than through singing and dancing? Jokes aside, the song performances are chilling, especially Tony and Maria’s duet of “Somewhere.” You’ll probably come out of it with three messages if it’s your first-time watching: Natalie Wood was taken from us way too soon, the ending is not what you expected and racism is stupid.