The volatile relationship found in Malcolm & Marie can be found in these other movies about passionate romances turning sour.
From Netflix Malcolm and Marie stars ZendayaSpider-Man: Far From Home) and John David Washington (Beginning) as a Hollywood couple whose relationship falls apart in one night. It follows in the vein of movies that present the dark side of romantic movies, where instead of depicting idyllic fantasies, they show relationships that have been curdled in vicious bitterness.
Surprisingly, these movies are often devilishly hilarious too, and the petty personal insults couples throw at each other are wickedly cutting. After all, no one can hate themselves like lovers. So, for those looking for an emotional catharsis similar to the Malcolm and Marie, here are five of the best romantic movies.
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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring the powerful Hollywood couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (whose romance on the set of Cleopatra (1963) sparked a worldwide scandal condemned by the Vatican) as middle-aged couple George and Martha. Their volatile marriage is further compounded when Martha invites a younger couple to her home for an after party, in which she and George passively-aggressively (and then only aggressively) tease each other over their mutual misery and faults. . The two engage the younger couple in a series of “games” to humiliate the other, but also to avoid the deeper tragedy that lies at their core.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was considered groundbreaking for its description of profanity and sexuality, found at the end of the Hays Production Code. However, despite the emotional anguish, Virginia Woolf he’s also quite funny, containing malicious glee within his barbaric drunken insults. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It remains a classic tale of a toxic relationship in which the participants purposely lock themselves inside, fearful of the “big bad wolf” of loneliness waiting outside.
The War of the Roses (1989)
In The war of the roses, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner – previously appeared in romantic adventures together Romancing the stone (1984) and Jewel of the nile (1985): plays the wealthy couple Oliver and Barbara Rose with a seemingly perfect marriage. But over time they grow distant and resentful, the little quirks they once found endearing become unbearable. The two begin the divorce process, but neither wants to give up their opulent mansion. Therefore, they live together during their long separation, and their rivalry grows increasingly outrageous and deranged in this pitch-black comedy.
The war of the roses shows how the competitive advantage that drew Oliver and Barbara together is also the seed of their destruction. His material possessions become central in his battle for divorce, but end up being destroyed in the ensuing war. The war of the roses is a cartoonish “battle of the sexes” with unrepentant ferocity, even as it hides inner cruelty with its playful darkness.
The opening scene of Butcher shop shows a child silently striking another in the face with a stick. The rest of The film is spent talking inside the apartment of the parents of the “victim”, Penelope and Michael Longstreet (Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly), who meet the parents of the offending child, Alan and Nancy Cowan (Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet), to discuss the incident. The two couples nominally start out politely with each other, but continue to be drawn into a deeper conversation with the need to explain their point of view. In fact, the Cowans only intended to stay for a short time, but repeatedly withdraw from the threshold of the apartment with disagreements that eventually escalate into childish tirades between the couples.
Butcher shop looks like Jean-Paul Sartre No Exit, a play with characters trapped together in a closed room that coined the phrase “Hell is other people.” Butcher shop it is almost worse because these people choose to stay together in the feeble attempt to make their case. But it also cynically shows that such “politeness” is a thin layer of chaotic animalism, breaking out as Nancy vomits all over Penelope’s catalog collection. Still, there is humor in these moments of embarrassment, along with alcohol-fueled tirades wonderfully delivered by the quartet.
Story of a marriage (2019)
Noah Baumbach’s revolutionary film was The squid and the whale (2005), a semi-autobiographical film about dealing with your parents’ divorce. Baumbach then released Marriage story, based on your own divorce experiences. It features successful New York theater director Charlie (Adam Driver) and actress Nicole (Scarlett Johansson), who are determined to part ways amicably. But this is seriously proven by factors such as Nicole who moved to Los Angeles for her career, custody of her young son, aggressive advice from divorce attorneys Nora (Laura Dern) and Jay (Ray Liotta), and hard feelings. buried that were dug up. in the process.
Marriage storyThe most memorable scene is an explosive argument between Charlie and Nicole where such frustrations spill over, resulting in Adam Driver exasperatingly banging on her wall. But Marriage story It mainly shows how dehumanizing the divorce process can be, as the legal structures of marriage codify the most intimate aspects of relationships for court battles. Marriage story It’s a heartbreaking tale of loving devotion turned into bitter resentment, but Baumbach also contains humor about changing uncomfortable circumstances and a tender conclusion about how love can, in another form, live on.
Before Midnight (2013)
Before midnight was made and set 18 years after Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) first met in Before dawn (1995), and 9 years after they met in Before sunset (2004). However, unlike the romantic escapism of previous “Before the Trilogy” films, Before midnight is a darker, harsher movie about the complicated reality that the couple in love are actually married. Richard Linklater’s naturalistic film again shows the couple wandering through a beautiful European area, this time a Greek peninsula, casually chatting about their memories and experiences of time. But in this movie, the consequences of spending so much time with each other erupt with poignant passion in wildly realistic storyline scenes.
However, unlike other movies on this list, Before midnight it does not show such arguments as irreconcilable. Instead, it is an honest examination of the expectations and regrets surrounding any long-term relationship. It may break the wonderful harmony of the previous films, antecedents that the couple themselves remember, but these invigorating struggles make the description of love in the film even stronger.
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