Monday, February 7, 2011

"Old People" Romances are Very Nice, Wouldn't You Agree?

Now, of course the term "old" can be defined differently by different people, and seeing that I am but only 19 years old (almost 20) the word "old" can really be anyone that is "older". But for the purpose of conversation, I guess I'm saying "old" is... over 50? Or possibly over 60?

Regardless, I've realized lately how much I enjoy Romantic films featuring more mature couples, sometimes even more-so than those with young, sprightly couples in who fall in love too quickly. I don't know, it just seems like romantic story lines are becoming increasingly generic, especially when they follow younger generations that fall in love so fast, you kind of wonder if it's not just a childish infatuation that will soon pass.

Although, I do notice that in some older romances the people fall for each other just as quickly, they are just more receptive to the implications that those kinds of feelings might represent.
Kind of like in Last Chance Harvey, wherein Emma Thompson really likes Dustin Hoffman's character, but is wary that eventually it won't work out because of the fact that they just met each other and don't really know what the future holds. Her unease with the situation is also hinged on the fact that she has been hurt in the past and doesn't want to be naive in thinking that this time it will be perfect.

Maybe I just like the fact that with their maturity and experience, older characters aren't typically as full of callow whimsy when it comes to the subject of love, yet are still receptive to their feelings and can be just as cute and fun as younger characters.
Sort of like Meryl Streep and Steve Martin in It's Complicated; Steve Martin's character pulled at my heartstrings by being cutesy, just as much as other, younger actors have in the past. It could be that I'm just receptive to any kind, fun gent, no matter how much older than me he might be, but I really did feel my heart pitter-pattering whenever our beloved Meryl Streep was interacting with the always enjoyable Steve Martin.

Really, I just started thinking about the whole "old people romance" thing when I saw advertisements for the new movie Another Year with Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen.
I couldn't help but be intrigued by it, despite it being focused on a married couple decades older than myself. They seem just as reachable to an audience as young, attractive people, and it makes you realize that love will always be around, possible, and also have complications, no matter how late in your life it might be.

So how about you? Does anyone else (especially young folk) like dabbling in Romances featuring older couples, or is that just me?