Thursday, February 9, 2017

Romancing the Stone (1985)

IMDb plot summary: A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, and Zack Norman.

This is exactly what I was hoping it would be. It's so light and fluffy and silly but has just the right proportions of romance and adventure. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner have the necessary superficial chemistry without making us think too hard about their characters, and even though my first instinct was that it needed some justification of the unexpected happy ending, I ultimately decided, nope, it did not, because what is it if not the kind of wildly, implausibly romantic story Turner's character writes as a profession? This is the kind of movie you watch when you're sick or tired and just want to enjoy something fluffy, and it excels at that.

4 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Romancing the Stone > Closer to the Moon
Romancing the Stone > Yojimbo
Romancing the Stone < A Man for All Seasons
Romancing the Stone < Seven Samurai
Romancing the Stone < Mars Attacks!
Romancing the Stone > To Kill a Mockingbird
Romancing the Stone > Amelie
Romancing the Stone > Four Lions
Romancing the Stone < Roxanne
Romancing the Stone > Billy Elliot the Musical Live
Romancing the Stone > The Secret Garden (1987)

Final spot: #568 out of 2573, or 78%.

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