Love is all you need, according to The Beatles, but sometimes a great romantic movie is just as essential – especially on February 14. Whether its a classic, a comedy, or a more complicated affair, you’ll be enamoured with JB Hi-Fi’s selection this month…
One of the most successful and best-loved rom-coms of all time is a simple reworking of the Cinderella story (and Pygmalion), complete with fairy tale ending and a heart as big as Julia Roberts’ smile – and perm. It’s a formula that couldn’t fail, especially when the stars have more chemistry than a science lab. There’s a reason the world fell in love with Julia Roberts, and this is it.
CRAZY RICH ASIANS
New Yorker Rachel (Constance Wu) heads off to Singapore for the wedding of the best friend of her long-time boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding). She gets more than she bargained for, however, as she discovers that Nick’s family is one of the wealthiest in the country – and Nick is one of its most eligible bachelors. If you dig super-fun romcoms then you don’t have to be rich or Asian to love this one. But you would be crazy to miss it.
THE DANISH GIRL
This touching and unconventional romance is a dramatization of the true story of Einar Wegener/Lilly Elbe (Eddie Redmayne), who in 1930 became one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery. While Redmayne received an Oscar nomination, it was co-star Alicia Vikander who took home the gold for her beautifully nuanced performance as Einar’s wife , whose paintings of him as ‘Lilly’ set him on the path towards discovering his true gender identity.
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
A guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who believes in true love meets a girl (Zooey Deschanel) who doesn’t. However, thanks to a mutual appreciation for The Smiths, they begin a relationship of sorts. Director Mark Webb spins a quirky rom-com that randomly cycles through the titular time period, creating a mosaic of moments that explore the notion of true romance.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Elio (Timothée Chalamet) has his bookish world irrevocably changed when handsome American student Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives in Northern Italy to assist Elio’s archaeologist father with his research. The intense emotional bond that develops between the two transcends the category of Queer Cinema, and a beautifully written exchange of dialogue succinctly sums up the universal themes at the heart of this magnetic and remarkably affecting film.
This charming and inspiring romantic comedy follows gay teenager Simon (Nick Robinson), whose world is turned upside down when a post appears on the school gossip site – a closeted student has come out anonymously, and Simon begins corresponding with him. Robinson establishes himself as a viable new leading man, and a great soundtrack cements the film as the equivalent of a John Green novel directed by John Hughes.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
This critically acclaimed French period drama paints a ravishing picture of the relationship that develops between a young artist and her aristocrat subject, who is soon to be married to an Italian nobleman. Beautifully shot with an eye for artistic compositions, and imbued with palpable passion, writer-director Céline Sciamma delivers an intoxicating look at 18th century romance from the female perspective.
Directed by Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven), this exquisite adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel stars Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett as a photographer and divorcee, respectively, who engage in an intimate and ‘forbidden’ relationship in 1950s New York. Both received Oscar nominations for their heartfelt performances in one of the all-time great LGBT romantic dramas.
Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning novel, this compelling romantic drama unfolds against the magnificent backdrop of the remote Australian West. Georgie (Kelly Macdonald) begins an intense affair with handsome former musician Lu Fox (Garrett Hedlund), unaware that her partner Jim (David Wenham), the local lobster baron, has a shared history with the Fox family involving a tragic event…
Australian director Shannon Murphy brilliantly resuscitates the terminally-ill-teen-drama in this coming-of-age tale that avoids the mawkish clichés associated with the genre. Babyteeth‘s cancer-stricken protagonist, 16-year-old Milla (Eliza Scanlen), possesses a vibrant lust for life and for her new boyfriend, drug dealer Moses (Toby Wallace), in a film that celebrates the power of love.
If you’ve ever secretly thought that Siri has a sexy voice, this techno-romance is for you. Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely guy who finds friendship and intimacy with ‘Samantha’, his new interactive operating system (with the voice of Scarlett Johansson). Her is a love story for a generation in love with technology, and a brilliant vision of a future that’s just around the corner – or here already.
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Winner of the Best Picture Oscar in 2018, this bold fantasy explores the unlikely connection between two lost souls. That one of them happens to be a fish man is almost incidental – this a Guillermo del Toro film after all, and the director is a specialist when it comes to idiosyncratic genre-splicing. His homage to The Creature from the Black Lagoon is both a whimsical romance and a Cold War monster movie, awash with a passion for cinema.