Romances are a dime a dozen. It’s easy to throw up on screen a couple people whom everyone will fall in love (or at least in lust) with at first sight. But it takes real talent to make you feel for a lovelorn robot.
Yep, Wall-E is probably the greatest romance for men ever created. When it comes to romance, men are out of their league. They don’t know what to say, so it is better to say nothing. The woman knows what she wants, but how can a clueless man fulfill her longings? Wall-E shows us the way. Remain silent, dance to Hello Dolly! and have a cockroach as your best friend. Oh, and when she becomes comatose in the rain, hold an umbrella over her. Sure, some see him as eccentric, but cuteness wins the day.
Yep. The above is what I WAS going to write. But this last week I saw The New World.
I don't think I have ever seen a more romantic film ever. Wall-E is cute and I love it, but The New World is majestic and the emotions are powerful and it doesn't encapsulate the romance into a single sexual act, a wedding or long discussions about whether he's a good match (sorry Jane Austen fans). Instead, the lovers spend time together, they flirt, they touch, they struggle with their social groups, they pine, they cry, they woo, they care. And most of all, they commit. Never have I seen a film that so captures and idealizes the different aspects of real love. So, The New World wins it.