Hi, everyone! If you’re reading this right now you must be in need of a good movie to watch while you are trying to forget the fact that you have loads of homework to get through. Don’t worry, that’s why I’m here! This week was pretty difficult and highly stressful for me, so I really needed a movie that will clear my mind and bring me into a fantasy world for two hours. Now what kind of movie can do just that better than a romantic comedy? We all enjoy living through other’s picture perfect relationships, don’t we?
And I sure did pick the ideal love story.
This week I will be reviewing the 2001 rom-com Serendipity starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. Come on, doesn’t the title itself just scream perfection? I think that is what drew me really. Serendipity. A fortunate accident. Now if you are a hopeless romantic like I am then that word just makes your heart leap.I found that the director, Peter Chelsom, did a great job of setting up a flawless love story. The movie takes place in New York City during Christmastime. It all adds up wonderfully. Serendipity begins with Jonathan (Cusack) and Sara (Beckinsale) meeting at a retail store and just so happened to go for the same pair of gloves. The cliche’s arise within the first 5 minutes of the movie, but, it so works.
Oh, did I mention that it is also snowing?
Our main leads spend their night together discussing the idea of fate over a cup of hot chocolate at a restaurant named Serendipity. You can not escape the word, so just learn to love it. Sara is a firm believer in destiny, she believes that everything happens for a reason. And, therefore, believes that if she and Jonathan are meant to be together then they will find one another in the future. Sara writes her number on the back of a book and vows to bring it to a local bookstore and if Jonathan finds it then they will know that fate is real. Jonathan, on the other hand, writes his number on a $5 bill and promises Sara the same.
And that is where their story ends, for now.
I was rooting for this fate driven couple to find their way back but instead, I am faced with a time jump. You may be thinking that this could be a good thing, and Sara and Jonathan may have found each other and are living happily ever after.
Nope, that is only the plot line I devised in my head. Sara is engaged. Jonathan is engaged. No problem. Except, they are not engaged to each other. While writing this I am getting mad at the plot line, even though I know what happens next.
For the rest of the movie, we see Jonathan and Sara searching for subconsciously each other but never having any luck. Jonathan makes sure to stop at every used bookstore in hope that he will find Sara’s number written inside of the book’s front cover. He never did find it, that is until his fiance gave him the copy with Sara’s number for their wedding. Ohhhhh the irony. And Sara also still checks the back of any $5 bill she comes into contact with and never has any luck. Until her best friend comes across it.
I think rom-com’s are allowed to exceed the normal level of irony.
Now, what these two do with their findings is totally up to you to find out. The ending is the past part (or is it). I guess you will just have to go on Netflix and watch it yourself. Does Sara call Jonathan? Does Jonathan get married or does he call it off? I recommend you procrastinate that homework for a little bit longer and go and enjoy this precious love story.
How could you say no to love cliches? We all need some corniness in life and Serendipity will provide you with just that.
I am extremely pleased with my first movie choice. My mindset of Netflix is already changing. If they can offer me a love story as wonderous as this one then I wonder what else is in store for me? I hope you guys enjoy it as much as me! If you do get the chance to watch it please let me know your thoughts of it. Also, I need your help guys! What movie genre should I take on next week? Are we feeling some suspense, or maybe we want to laugh? Let me know!
Until next week my fellow Netflix lovers xoxoxo.