Valentine’s Day 2021 will look a little different than 2020, as this Valentines Day will be spent in this new COVID world. If you are able to, safely, get together with your significant other, here are some films that are streaming that you should watch!
Om Shanti Om:
If you have never seen a Bollywood film, I suggest starting with this one. This film is an insane multi-layered genre clash of a film that is fun from start to finish Shah Rukh Khan is magnificent, and there are plenty of homages to classic western musicals throughout. Just an absolute blast of a film showing a love story as well as a revenge story in one of the wildest ways you will see. Plus, the songs are amazing as well.
This film begins to overstay its welcome just a tad, but the first 3/4 of the movie is downright magical. Domnhall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams are just a wonderful pairing, and the real romantic elements work so well. If this film wrapped itself up a little quicker and had a different ending, it’s a perfect movie. Either way, it is an insanely clever, well-made, funny, and overall great romantic comedy.
This is a film that is so innocent and sweet that I just want the absolute best for everything that comes to it. John Carney’s debut was an extremely raw film, there is one scene where the cameraman is clearly seen in a shadow, but the rawness of it adds to the charm. Providing an amazing soundtrack that includes, in my opinion, one of the best Oscar-winning Original Songs, this movie is purely magnificent.
You can’t get much more iconic than “Time of my Life” when it comes to classic rom-com. I mean you have it all, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and what is quintessentially THE most well known, and usually poorly replicated, dance moment in film history.
Sound of Music:
This Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews Best Picture winner is a purely sweet and fun movie. The songs are all catchy, and the performances are all amazing. This is a light and joyous time sharing love and music through this military home, plus Christopher Plummer rips up a Nazi flag, what more could you want.
Lady and the Tramp (1955):
In my opinion, this is still one of Disney’s best films. Aside from the highly problematic cats, this is such a sweet and endearing love story between these two dogs. Their relationship works so well, and the hand-drawn animation feels like a breath of fresh air in a CGI world. It is a wonderful reminder of classic Disney, plus the spaghetti scene is iconic.
The Big Sick:
This is a rom-com staple in my eyes. A beautiful film about the real-life story of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon. The two of them wrote the screenplay for the film, picking up an Oscar nomination, and Kumail starred in this highly hilarious and deeply touching film. Zoe Kazan stars as Kumail’s wife, then girlfriend, and her parents are played by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter, who both give Oscar-worthy performances. In my eyes, it’s one of the best rom-com of the past decade.
If you aren’t sure you want to fully dive into Bollywood cinema yet, then watch this film. I say that because this is probably as close to a Bollywood type of film that an American film can be. Directed by Baz Luhrman, this film includes some incredible renditions of songs, a world-class Ewan McGreggor, and the best I have ever seen of Nicole Kidman. It is insane, and really gets in your face for the first 20 minutes, but it definitely pays off in the end with an incredible third act. Get ready to play “Elephant Love Medley” on repeat.
This was not just the best comedy of last year, it was one of the best films overall. This new Groundhog Day twist was equal parts original, funny, and heartfelt providing a great romance story as well as a great story about life. Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti have pitch-perfect chemistry, and it provides easily one of the funniest scenes of all of 2020. If you want to hear more thoughts, check out my review on why I love this movie so much.
If Beale Street Could Talk:
Okay, so this film might be on the heavier side of romantic movies when it comes to the story itself, but Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of this James Baldwin novel is impeccable. It’s a sweet and savory love story surrounded by tragedy. It is one of the best movies of the last few years, and if you are looking for something to make you cry this Valentine’s Day, this movie will do it for you.
Gone Girl – Hulu:
Anne Hathaway has gone on record saying this is her favorite romantic comedy (watch below). With an endorsement like that, I have to add it to this list. Although, I would recommend you watch this video, and see the reaction, before you watch the movie.