Cinematic romance has always been a beloved subject for filmmakers. From Blue is the Warmest Colour to Before Midnight, 2013 was replete with romances that were real and ­identifiable. This year, too, will see a spate of ­releases that will toy with different ideas of love —from loving someone from the same sex to finding love in a dystopian world. The year also marks many reel life adaptations of bestselling novels. This year promises to have your heart fixed to a theatre near you.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Possibly the most anticipated film of 2014, Fifty Shades of Grey is based on the EL James novel of the same name that has created quite a global frenzy. Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, the film follows the steamy relationship of a college graduate and a business magnate. How the novel’s explicit content translates onto the silver screen, we will have to wait and watch.
Set for a May release, Blended is a romantic ­comedy that reunites 50 First Dates co-stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. After a ­disastrous blind date, the characters find themselves holidaying in the same resort with their families. Stuck on a ‘romantic’ ­getaway, the families fight their way through various hilarious instances. This is third time collaboration for Sandler and Barrymore.
Fault in our Stars
Based on a novel by John Greene, the film is a love story between two ­teenagers who meet at a cancer support group. The film stars the Secret Life of American Teenager’s Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Despite its tragic premise, the film, like the book, promises to be a fun-filled experience and ‘not depressing’. It is slated for a June release but the fans of the book can’t wait to see its reel life adaptation.
For many of us, finding a mate ‘may’ be a matter of life and death, but in the film it really ‘is’. Leading the cast for this sci-fi film Lobster, are Colin Farell (Saving Mr Banks) and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener). It is an unconventional love story, set in a dystopian future where lonely hearts are forced to find a partner or turn into animals. The film begins shooting soon.
Love is Strange
Set in the Big Apple, the film portrays the everyday life of a married gay couple. John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun) and Alfred Molina (Spider Man-2) play a couple forced to live apart for a brief period of time, after exchanging their vows. Underlining the theme of ­universality of love and marriage, the film’s a bitter-sweet romance between two people of the same sex. It has already garnered rave reviews at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festival.