I’ve spent the last week realizing that even though I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day – we’ll get into this another time, I am big on love. Love in all aspects, from friendship, to sibling love, parental love and everything in between. I also realized while scrolling through black that most of the movies I watch have some love plot of some sort to it. I guess in a way I love, love and that’s honestly something that makes me happy.
Since I know a lot of people may not necessarily be big on Valentine’s day but may be big on love, I compiled a list of my movie recommendations to watch.
A Star Is Born – Starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga
Personally, this wasn’t one of my most recent faves but it must have done something right as it’s been nominated for an Oscar. I loved Gaga’s acting in the role of Ally, and watching her journey after Jackson Maine was absolutely incredible. If you’re looking to watch two musicians fall in love with each other – one old school stuck in his ways, and one new school driven to become a success – and how fame can impact a relationship, this movie should be on your watch list.
Where hands touch – Starring Amandla Stenberg and George McKay
Eskom did its things and I’d seen so many people talking about this movie online, so naturally I decided to go and see what the hype was about. The movie is set in 1944, and follows the journey of Leyna – a biracial German teen who falls head over heels in love with Lutz, a member of the Hitler Youth. The story takes us through the love story of two people not meant to fall in love, but do while war approaches and tensions rise in Germany, until such a point that their love comes to the attention of Lutz’s father, a well-known officer in the SS. There are so many plot twists and heartbreaking moments throughout this movie but the love story was such a powerful one.
The Notebook – Starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
I know, I know this is one of those movies that everybody knows of and has maybe watched but it is also one of those movies I can never get tired of watching over and over and over again. I love the way in which Noah pursued Allie, the way in which Allie resisted and eventually let her guard down enough to allow love to find her. Two people, brought together on a summer vacation, two people from different classes experiencing a love that would not only tie them to each other forever. There is also a key lesson here about parents not wanting their children to make the same mistakes as they did, and how somehow a parent’s interference delays an irreplaceable love.
Me before you – Starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin
When I tell you that I’ve cancelled plans with people to sit and watch this movie time and time again, I am not lying. This movie tugged so hard at my heart strings that it is in my top 5 favourite love movies of ALL time. For me this movie is such a key reminder of how a drastic change in your life can affect the way in which you do things, and how one event can put you into a spiral of depression, and how the love from someone absolutely incredible can add positivity into your life. You need to watch it.
The Hate U Give – Starring Amandla Stenberg and Regina Hall
I was not excited to watch this movie in the
beginning, I knew there would be many triggers especially after having followed
#BlackLivesMatter for as long as I have. This movie reminded me about the
experience of a first love, the loss of a friend (
love) and the decision to either stick to telling the truth to defend your friends name, the love of a community and the manner in which love does have the ability to affect changes in the system. I experienced every emotion in this movie, but it also gave me one of my favourite lines: “If you don’t see my blackness you don’t see me”.
This is just my opinion on the top 5 movies I would watch with a partner on Valentines day, do you have any other titles to recommend? Drop me a comment.
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