Many people shun cheesy films, even the most doting couples would probably gag on the idea of rom-com’s the whole day. But you know what, some sort of spell comes over people during February. Marathons of romantic films that range from the independent to the blockbuster play in full on everyone’s televisions.
February is the perfect time to cuddle up on the sofa, with a nice hot cup of cocoa (or a glass of wine) after giving your significant other a fantastic dinner complete with flowers for Valentine’s Day (big hint). So why not watch a film or two? Here I have listed down some of the best Valentine’s Day films you can watch to cap off a day filled with love and celebration – or just to celebrate another year without killing each other!
Shaun of the Dead
Called a zom-rom-com (zombie romantic comedy), Shaun of the Dead is one of those films you watch for a truly feel good night, bar the gore and zombie aspect of it. It is about the zombie apocalypse and how Shaun concocts a plan to save his mother, his friends, reconcile with his girlfriend, and wait for the whole thing to blow off at the Winchester pub. Some people may not think it, but this is actually one of the best films to watch on Valentine’s Day; a hero out to make things right to his friends, his parents, and his significant other. The zombies are purely just a backdrop.
When Harry Met Sally
Of course, Valentine’s Day would not have complete without a Nora Ephron classic, When Harry Met Sally. The characters, Harry and Sally, first met in Chicago when they shared a ride going to New York, during which they discussed whether men and women can truly be platonic friends. And the rest, as they say, is film history. It is a truly beautiful film, one that does not shy away from showing their audience heartbreak and how one copes with it; and then truly rejoices when they have found love and hold on to it. Carrie Fisher also co-stars.
A very favourite romantic comedy film by all. Love, Actually, follows nine different stories that intertwine beautifully to show the many complexities of love. Most people watch Love, Actually during Christmas because of the film’s timeline, but it is a perfect all year round film, and Valentine’s Day is definitely one of the best time to watch it.
High Fidelity is about Rob Gordon, a record shop owner who recalls his top 5 most memorable heartbreaks through a discussion of music and how it affects our lives. If you are a music junkie like the protagonist, Rob, then you will enjoy this film very much because it talks about love in a way that strips it down to show you what real people experience in real life.
An oldie but a goodie, a young Harrison Ford stars in this world war II romantic drama Hanover Street, of two star crossed lovers. It’s reminiscent of Casablanca, with an already married young woman falling for the dashing american soldier. It’s well worth a watch, and your man will like the war references and for you, well there’s Harrison Ford and this gripping romance.
These are just some of the most unique films to pop in on Valentine’s Day. A mix of the cliche here and there, the horror, the classic, the comedy, and a bit of a laid back film will definitely make for the perfect end of the day.
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