8 of the best Valentine’s movies to get excited over
The best way to end Valentine’s night is with a film and a bottle of wine. We’re here to make that even easier and provide you with some of the best films focussed on the word of the day: love.
La La Land
If you haven’t seen this stellar performance by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone then you have missed one of the best films in the past decade, without a doubt. It’s quite the emotional rollercoaster, but most importantly the cinematography is insane. One of the best romance films to date, don’t miss it.
Two Night Stand
So we’ve all heard of the cheeky one night stand and for some, it evolves into the two-night stand, as is the plot of this charming flick. Its an easy watch with two strong leads as they are trapped in a one night stand extension due to a blizzard.
The Way Way Back
More coming-of-age than rom-com, The Way Way Back is a great film that is highlighting love in friendship and finding enjoyment in the smallest of things. 14-year-old Duncan is stuck in a family with a horrendous step-father in the form of Steve Carell and is a heart-warming watch, definitely one for cosying up together.
Back to a classic now. About Time is directed by Richard Curtis, the man behind Bridget Jones and Notting Hill. You can already tell what this film is going to be like if you haven’t already watched it. It offers typical rom-com feelings and throws in the sci-fi element of time travel to spice things up a bit. Easy watch fuelled by emotions and soppiness.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
If you’re a fan of Zach Galifianakis from The Hangover fame, you’ll enjoy what this film has to offer. Following the theme, this film is about love, but loving yourself as well as others - a theme constantly being discussed in the news today. It follows a blooming teen romance set in a mental-health clinic and is incredibly up-front with the issues faced by these troubled individuals.
The Time Traveler’s Wife
This 2009 flick is similar to About Time but sees the hopeless romantic hero lose control of his time travelling powers, meaning his marriage suffers because of it. Rachel McAdams seems to have a weird issue with being cast as the love interest for time travelling men, playing a similar role here. If you liked About Time and fancy a similar easy watch, this movie should definitely be on your list.
The Big Sick
The latest release on the list, this film came out last year. A funny and clever film made for the current years. It tells the real-life relationship of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon and their cultural barriers in the forms of Kumail’s Muslim family. It’s sweet, realistic and an all-around great film based on a true story. Definitely a must-watch rom-com!
Lars and the Real Girl
Ryan Gosling comes in on this list twice, because he’s Ryan Gosling; king of romantic films. This film follows an introverted Gosling as Lars, who falls in love with a woman he meets over the internet. It’s cute and then he brings her home to his brother. Bianca, his internet date, is a doll. Give it a watch, it’s amazing.