Friday, January 18, 2008

Cry it Out! With The Way We Were.

An All-American guy and a curly-haired complicated, woman meet, love and split. No I’m not talking about the latest teen-flick out in theaters. I’m referring to the penultimate break-up film, The Way We Were.

I first discovered this movie at the ripe old age of twelve. I was stuck in bed with a cold the night before Thanksgiving and couldn’t sleep. After a few minutes of channel surfing after midnight I caught the opening scene of this wonderfully heart-breaking film.

This film struck a cord with me even as I began my adolescence. I suppose it’s the true romantic in me that drew me into this film. When you’re a teen you have insecurities and you desperately hope you’ll find true love.

Barbra Streisand is over-achiever, Katie Morosky, who meets the handsome, intelligent, and sexy Hubbell Gardner, played by Robert Redford. The two are from totally different crowds while in college, but their paths constantly cross as Hubbell eats at the diner Katie works in at night. They also share a creative writing class where Hubbells’ natural talent shines, while Katie struggles to get her paper noticed.

The Way We Were honestly captures a relationship, without taking away the fantasy element of it all.

Why am I recommending this film? Because it’s good. It shows the development of a relationship between two people who seem different, but perfect for each other. You feel the pain when Katie is yelling at Hubbell to make him see no one will ever love him the way she does. He agrees, but says that it just got too hard because she expected him to be perfect.

Breaking-up sucks. There’s no nice way to do it. If you’re one of the few that actually works things out and gets back together, you’re in the minority. Usually break-ups are final. When you feel like dirt, can’t sleep at night, and wish your ex was there, it’s nice to watch a movie where someone is going through the same thing. True not all of the elements of The Way We Were are relatable, but you will know what it feels like to lose someone that meant a great deal to your life. Crying along with Barb and Bob may help you let out your own pain and realize you’re not the only one who was dumped for differences in politics, religion or need for personal apperances. If you’re anything like me you’ll enjoy the sappy love theme, whose words What's too painful to remember, We simply choose to forget, will help you remember the happier times and not the sad.


JusCallMeC said...

Great review. It's well thought out and well written.

The movie clip was awesome. I think most of us can certainly relate to the passionate disagreements with someone we love so much.

Awesome site!


PJSandAMovie said...

Awe thanks for being my first comment! I'm glad you liked my article. My writing is a bit rusty, but I'll get my groove back. Spread the word.

Anonymous said...

Good review and I just saw it again on DVD and loved it even more. It received bad reviews but each time I watch it, I see more and more in Redford's performance. I have a question: What did Hubbell mean and he says, "I can't Katie, I can't," at the end. Does it mean his wife wouldn't let him or would it hurt too much to see Katie and the kid again. I think the latter but I'm not sure. What do you think?

PJSandAMovie said...

I believe that it would have been too difficult for him to see his daughter being raised by another man. True he had his chance and gave it up. So while it's difficult for him, I'm sure it'll be even worse when his daughter finds out the truth. However, back when this film took place people didn't talk openly about such things. But I'm so happy you enjoyed my review. I think it's time I get back to reviewing...

Anonymous said...

This is the best luv story ever told! It's definitely is a tear jerker. I want so bad, at the end fo the movie, for Hubbel and Kate to get back together. I cry when it doesn't happened. I hum that song in my head forever!