Our Times

A while back, I watched the Chinese movie Our Times.

It was the second movie I’ve watched to make me cry that I can remember. The first was, of course, Hachiko, but this movie was about a relationship and not a dog, so it was surprising.

When my friend told me to watch the movie, I listened to her very rough introduction of the movie and I suspected it to be an extremely cliched movie, with ridiculous plot lines I can guess.

And it was true. The plot was cheesy, romantic, and extremely easy to predict.

It’s simple, about the normal girl you would never look at twice in the corridor, the average girl who’s crushing on the best boy in school, the star player on the basketball team who is first in the level every year, and writing love letters to her idol. Then, of course, it all starts with a chain letter delivered to her. Because of the letter, she became the ‘friend’ of the boy who’s the last place of the last class in the level, eventually becoming real friends with him and actually falling in love with him, all while helping him chase the most popular girl in school and getting his grades up by studying with him.

The thing was, though, that the filming was extremely well done, and even though everything was cliche, it was well employed and slotted in nicely with each other. The natural course of romance was easy to follow, too.

In the end, it was still a reasonably happy ending, even if it happened twenty years after the end of their high school, when the bad boy left.

I’m not spoiling most of it here, because it is a movie I think you should go into without knowing everything, because it’s really worth it.

Love Story

What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach? The Beatles? And me?

The above quote was from the movie, Love Story, adapted from Erich Segal’s novel. I won’t spoil the story, but you should really go and find the book and read it, or just watch the movie. The story is, well, a romantic tragedy, but it’s worth the read, and there are many quotable quotes. A few of which would be:

Love means never having to say you’re sorry.

and

I was afraid of being rejected, yes. I was also afraid of being accepted for the wrong reasons.

On the topic of Love Story, I’m pretty sure that many people would think of Taylor Swift’s song when you hear the title, Love Story, especially those who were born in the 2000s. There are other singers who had sung songs that had a similar title, too, and one of the songs from Andy Williams, Love Story (Where do I begin) is really worth listening to.

The original instrumental version, composed by Francis Lai, had been an instrumental theme in the movie, Love Story  (1970) as well as a television series Love Story. Andy Williams was the first singer to record this song. It has, since then, been covered many times by different artists, including a piano version by Richard Clayderman.

Then, Taylor Swift came along.

Well, ending it off, happy 4th of July!