Monday, August 12, 2019

Movie: You've Got Mail

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1998/119 minutes/color
Rated PG
Directed by Nora Ephron

Continuing with my favorite romantic comedies for August-Romance Awareness month with You've Got Mail. Like my previous pick, When Harry Met Sally..., You've Got Mail stars Meg Ryan, this time with leading man Tom Hanks. Ryan and Hanks have charming, warm chemistry on-screen, and the supporting cast is amazing: Parker Posey, Greg Kinnear, Dabney Coleman, Jean Stapleton, and Dave Chappelle. If you've seen The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan (or the musical In the Good Old Summertime), then the storyline will be familiar to you: two people who are falling in love via letter (in this case, email) are enemies of sorts in real life. Screenwriter Nora Ephron puts her own stamp on this tale, updating it (though now the technology is dated!) and infusing it with her own brand of humor and wit. I don't usually like romances that start with one or both main characters already in relationships, but in this movie, it works for me, maybe because the slower pacing of the love story fits for that circumstance. Like When Harry Met Sally..., I've watched You've Got Mail many times since first seeing it in theaters, and it always makes me smile.

Overall ★★★★ (4/5)
Comfort 🍵🍵🍵🍵 (4/5)
Romance ❤❤❤❤ (4/5)

Friday, August 2, 2019

Movie: When Harry Met Sally

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When Harry Met Sally... 
1989/95 minutes/Color

August is Romance Awareness Month, so I'll be talking about my favorite romance and rom-com movies. First up is When Harry Met Sally... (rated R), which is thirty years old this year! (Fathom Events is showing this at theatres around the US in early December for the anniversary.) I've seen When Harry Met Sally... many times--I've lost count. It features Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby, and Carrie Fisher, with a stellar script (nominated for an Academy Award) by Nora Ephron, and is beautifully directed by Rob Reiner. Harry (Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) meet, dislike each other, meet again years later, and become friends. It's take on friendship, dating, and romance is still relevant today, and it entertains me every time I watch it. I also love the soundtrack, full of classic songs like "It Had to be You" and "Where or When," performed by a then virtually unknown Harry Connick Jr. When Harry Met Sally... is a smart, funny, touching film that is fun to watch again and again over the years.

Overall ★★★★ (4/5)
Comfort 🍵🍵🍵 (3/5)
Romance ❤❤❤ (3/5)