I don’t think it’s just me. I hope it’s not just me. I find myself watching films, talking about films and expressing opinions on films that I think I should enjoy. I see Oscar nominated, thought provoking issues or starring Daniel Day Lewis and I think “oh, ok. I’m meant to like that”. But secretly (don’t tell anyone) I don’t actually enjoy them.
Case in point: I recently went to see Lincoln and I can safely say the production was amazing, Daniel Day Lewis was incredible and erm, yeah… The truth is I feel like I have to say it was a great film because of what it is, a film about a sensitive issue with Daniel Day Lewis in it.
It’s not only Lincoln, oh no. I have spent many a conversation nodding along to how challenging The King’s Speech was, how clever it was to revisit silent cinema with The Artist and just how wonderful the visual effects are in Life of Pi. Please do not feel I am denying the truth of these statements, if I’d seen any of those films I’d probably agree. But when it comes down to it I would prefer to spend my cinema money on something that I come out of feeling something more – I’m talking romantic comedy.
There is a culture where we are afraid to admit that a good old rom com is as good as any political drama, thriller or quirky art house film. There’s the classic episode of Friends during the flatmates’ quiz competition:
Ross: Rachel claims this is her favourite film…
Joey: Dangerous Liaisons
Ross: Her actual favourite film is…
Joey: Weekend At Bernie’s
But why? Why must we be ashamed to enjoy a good dollop of feel good comedy fun? I’m going to break the taboo right here, right now and admit that if there isn’t a wedding or a kiss in the rain…I ain’t interested. I’m looking for characters I care about, a relationship I actually want to work out, and a good dose of heartbreak to go with my popcorn. I want to laugh and cry at the same time even if that means I accidentally snort my drink out of my nose.
So I’m challenging every single one of you to shrug off your “Oscar nominated performance” and “stunning scenery” and stand up for your one true love. I’m going to throw mine out there – The Notebook. Not because it’s thought provoking or deals with sensitive issues but because it makes me cry…oh and Ryan Gosling is beautiful.
No one ever cared whether Lincoln was cuter than a puppy.