Romance doesn’t always exactly work out for the best.That’s why it’s nice to have movies that don’t just reflect flowery, happy romance, but also the ways romance can go totally wrong. Here are some great examples of movies that treat love like the endlessly depressing morass it is!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
A world where you can have all memories of someone erased you’re your mind is grim enough, but then watching a man do everything he can to preserve those memories after he realizes he’s made a mistake is even more depressing. It supposedly ends on a hopeful note, but I imagine those two would just make the same mistakes they made in the first place.
If we’re being honest, Katherine Heigl’s character for sure would’ve just gotten an abortion. Also, she would not try to have a relationship with the father of her baby, who she could not have less in common with. ALSO also, she wouldn’t TAKE THAT GUY BACK at the end of the movie, seemingly just because she needs a ride to the hospital? And finally, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd’s marriage seems insanely miserable. Wow. Love rulez.
A hilarious, miserable reunion of the first couple of the Titanic, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road shows the rapid descent into misery of a supposedly happy couple. It’s honestly so bleak I’m not even sure that I can recommend it.
Are you familiar with Michael Haneke? He’s a part of a German wave of filmmakers who no one in their right mind would describe as “feel good”. Amour, though, might be his most mind-annihilating film, chronicling the end of a relationship for maybe the most difficult reason possible.
That Awkward Moment
You know why this movie is bleak? Because it sucks terribly. It is an unbelievably cynical, dumb look at “millennial relationships” that still traffics in all of the same bad stereotypes that the laziest romcoms have been using since whenever movies first started being made.
While Amour is about a relationship ending because the end is inevitable for all of us, Blue Valentine is about a relationship ending because it maybe wasn’t ever that good to begin with. It’s the story of what happens after the star-crossed lovers finally get together, and it is bleak.
All of these movies are, in their own ways, completely devastating, but which was the MOST devastating? Let us know on Twitter!