Coming to theaters soon are three romance movies – one set in the past, one in the present and one in the future.
The past: “Tulip Fever” is loaded with Academy Award winners – Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”), Christoph Waltz ( “Django Unchained,” “Inglorious Basterds”), Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”) and screenwriter Tom Stoppard (“Shakespeare in Love.”) Sophia (Alicia Vikander), a young girl who is forced to marry an old man, Cornelius Zandvoort (Christoph Waltz), begins a love affair with a handsome young painter who is contracted to paint her portrait. The screenplay, written by Tom Stoppard, evokes the morals of the 17th century. The setting and mood are reminiscent of a Rembrandt painting. The clothing is rich in volume, texture and color. If you like romantic period pieces, this looks like a winner.
The present: Fast forward a few centuries to the current day and “Fifty Shades of Darker” brings us a romantic drama based on E.L. James’ best-selling novel with Christian Grey (Jamie Dorman) and Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) rekindling their sexual relationship. This movie is directed by a new director James Foley (Fear, At Close Range). It is a mixture of tantalizing undressing, sensual movement and breathless talking. I was bored with the first movie, but this one looks slightly more promising.
The future: The third romantic movie, “Passengers,” takes place in the future. Award winner Jennifer Lawrence ( “Hunger Games,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Chris Pratt (“Parks and Recreation”) are the only ones awake on a 120 year journey of which 90 years are left. It has a classic sci-fi theme – something in outer space goes wrong, the characters struggle to survive in outer space and the chances of being left as the only human being alive are great. I am not a fan of sci-fi movies, but a movie with romance and Jennifer Lawrence gets my vote.