I have seen some great movies in the theater recently and wanted to share with you guys why I loved them. These are definitely two must sees. 4 stars all around.
P.S. I Love You - First of all, bring tissues! Seriously. I cried at different points throughout the movie. I don't think there was a dry eye in the place. The main character, Holly, loses the love of her life to brain cancer after nine years of marriage. Her husband wrote letters while he was alive to be delivered to her after he's gone, the first one came on her 30th birthday. Each letter gives her encouragement to keep going, to move on with her life. And every one closes with "p.s. I love you". The reason I loved this movie so much was because it really showed the true grief you feel when you lose someone you love. Like Holly's mother said in the movie - whether by their choice or not it still hurts like hell. I could relate to Holly's character at each stage of her journey. In the beginning not wanting to leave the house. The memories. Not being able to get them out of your mind. Popping in a movie or CD and singing along. Then relying on your friends. Needing a shoulder to cry on. Going out, talking to men, but still not being interested. Knowing nothing could compare to what you just lost. At the end of the movie a year had passed since Gerry's death. Holly had found herself, found her career and all around became a stronger person. Not yet ready to find love again, but knowing in time she will. Holly, I only hope that I can find the love you shared with Gerry once in my lifetime. Because if and when I do, I will never let it go.
The movie also increased my desire to visit Ireland 100 fold. What a beautiful, beautiful place. I cannot wait until I can afford to go! If you're still not convinced you should see this movie take one look at Gerry in the movie poster (played by Gerard Butler) and the character of William (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Gorgeous men with accents to boot! Are you drooling yet? For the Grey's Anatomy fans reading, yes that is the same guy who played Denny!
Favorite quote: "I bet you've had a hard time walking into a room full of people on your own, right? Yeah. I know that. I know what it is not to feel like you're in the room until he looks at you or touches your hand or even makes a joke at your expense, just to let everyone know... you're with him. You're his."
Juno - Hilarious movie. You will not stop laughing. Ellen Page, who plays Juno, pulls off the quick wit of her character quite brilliantly. She gets pregnant at 16, plans on having an abortion but can't go through with it. Decides to have the baby and then give the child up for adoption to a deserving couple. The relationship she builds with Jason Bateman's character (the soon-to-be adoptive father) is rather bizarre and the only part of the movie I didn't like. I found their closeness a little unnecessary for the development of the plot. They could have successfully shown the instability of the couple's marriage in other ways besides his growing fondness for a 16-year-old girl. The great thing about this movie for sure are the memorable quotes: "As far as boyfriends go, Paulie Bleeker is totally boss. He is the cheese to my macaroni" and "I'm pregnant. What? Honest to blog?" Classic.
My personal favorite quote was part of the lyrics to the song Paulie and Juno sing to each other at the end of the film. That scene was adorable and really brought to life the love they had for each other, even at 16. "You're a part time lover and a full time friend. The monkey on your back is the latest trend. I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else. But you."
If you've seen either of these movies tell me your thoughts. Do you agree or disagree? Any other movie recommendations?