Tale as old as time true as it can be… These are the lyrics of the song from The Beauty And The Beast. Being so old and being so true the tale once again confirms the words of the unknown wise man who once said that love is blind. After all Belle is stunning… And the Beast is… Oh well, the Beast is a beast. This by far is not the only couple in the movies who is found unusual and even puzzling by the viewers.
Long before Twilight series and long before someone had even heard of Vampire diaries and the Bulgarian flower Nina Dobrev, Count Dracula selfishly wanted Mina only for himself. The classic adaptation based on Bram Stoker’s novel gave the audience one unusual love story and the audience fell in love with it. Moreover, screen writers and producers all over the world fell in love with it and decided to suck every single cent out of this story-line.
This plot is not an unknown territory even for the authors from the Far East. In 2000 the Japanese Yoshiaki Kawajiri directs the epic animated movie Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust. The distant future story goes that a rich heiress is kidnapped by a vampire and the family pays a bunch of well-trained professionals to kill the monster and take back the girl to her relatives. What no one from the posse is aware of is that the young lady is actually in love with her “kidnapper” and the whole journey is not against her will. The drama of the vampire Romeo and the human Juliette raises two eternal questions – the first about the impossible and misunderstood love and the second one about the horizons of sickness that a screen writer’s imagination can reach only in order to attract the audience’s attention.
Described as one of the most beautiful movies in the history of cinema, James Cameron’s Avatar shows us one of the most beautiful love stories as well. This masterpiece impresses not only with its visual effects and breathtaking scenario but also with the perfectly blended with the main story romantic pattern. A lot of haters and conspiracy theorists see a Pocahontas rip-off but leaving this behind we can enjoy the love between a human and a three-meter-tall, blue, long-tailed alien preservationist. Luckily Jake, the main character is not a racist, shares the same view for the nature as his girlfriend and the advanced technology allows him to transfer his thoughts in an alien body so he won’t develop an inferiority complex for being way shorter than his significant other.
We all love Tim Burton for being a weirdo and telling weird stories about weirdos but romantic relations between Kim (Winona Ryder), a suburban girl and Edward (Johnny Depp), a boy, product of an unsuccessful experiment with scissors instead of normal hands, seems too much… However the dark and still romantic story of Edward Scissorhands makes us ask ourselves if the modern society is ready to accept the different and if it is ready to accept those who are ready to accept the different. Unfortunately, prejudice kills the relationship of the two young people but it can never kill Edward’s love.
That’s not the only weird love story in Tim Burton’s movies… The story of our own jubiliciously lovely Corpse Bride is unconventional enough – tragically passed away lady (Helena Bonham Carter) comes back from the dead only to fall in love with a boy named Victor (Johnny Depp) who is in love with his wife to be no matter he saw her for the first time the same day… This looks like a strange mashup between The Bold And The Beautiful and The Walking Dead. But no, it’s just Tim Burton and his notorious sense of humor!
Love, romance, strong feelings and… a giant ape in love with a blonde. No matter if we talk about the 1933 classic or the 2005 pretty decent remake by Peter Jackson King Kong’s drama is still the same – the boy loves a girl who can never have. It is true that the boy in this case is a primate with an unusual size and the girl is… well a girl but we are all touched and some of us even shed a tear when their relationship was ruined. After all King Kong gave his best to organize a romantic evening in New York for his loved one (Naomi Watts) including ice skating and a visit to Empire State Building, a really valuable lesson in flirting for all the guys who call themselves players nowadays. And then? Then it was beauty killed the beast… We wish it was the airplanes that killed him…
Love, romance, strong feelings and… a guy in love with his cell phone. Her is the story of a divorced man called Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) who is looking for a new path in life. He installs an application on his phone similar to Siri but apparently way more attractive. The voice is Scarlett Johansson’s and it is no wonder that soon Theodore falls in love… It would be really weird though if we didn't see it everywhere around us every single day – men in love with their smart phones, women in love with their iPhones, even little children in love with their iPads…
Love, romance, strong feelings and… a girl in love with a handsome guy who happens to be cursed for his bad behavior. Beastly is a modern clone of the Beauty and the Beast. The enchanted castle is substituted by a modern apartment and the prince by the most popular boy in the high school – Kyle (Alex Pettyfer). Kyle has probably never read the book neither watched the Disney movie about the Beauty and the Beast because if he had he would have never humiliated a girl who knows stuff about witchcraft. She curses him to look like a lighter version of Rick Genest till he finds true love. Then Vanessa Hudgens appears and the rest as they say is history.
Love… Oh, come on! A girl in love with an alien duck! Howard the duck is about the adventures of an alien from the planet Duckworld who comes to the Earth. He meets Beverly (Lea Thompson) and helps her with her career as a rock singer. Everything seems perfectly fine until the moment they are together in Beverly’s bed. Comic book fans say that these scenes are described in detail in the books but luckily the director decided not to be so picturesque in the movie. Thank you, Willard Huyck!