I went to see Arrival roughly two years ago when it sprung into theaters around the country. I went to watch it because it was garnering immense praise from critics and it seemed like an interesting science fiction film to watch. After seeing it I, for the most part, enjoyed it but its plot was confusing and I didn’t fully understand what was going on. It ended up being nominated for Best Picture that year, showing that the praise it received was somewhat legitimate. I, however, hadn’t watched the movie since…until a couple of days ago.
I was bored and looking for a fun movie to watch in the middle of the day. I came across Arrival and considering that I had only seen the film once about a year and half ago I figured I might as well give it a go again and see if I’ll understand it a little better the second time around. As soon as it came on I knew that I was going to enjoy the movie immensely.
The cinematography was beautiful and immediately sucked me in with its dark tones. The music, composed by the recently deceased Jóhan Jóhannsson (Sicario,) is perfectly alien and it works brilliantly with the overall film. But what struck me the most about the movie wasn’t the colorful tones of the movie’s scenes or the way the music gave me chill bumps but rather the originality of the story.
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When one thinks of Star Wars love stories don’t immediately come to mind but in fact Star Wars has one of my favorite movie love stories of all time, the romantic relationship of Han and Leia. Their love story transcended generations and was resolved in a heartbreaking but realistic way in The Force Awakens. There hasn’t been a Star Wars romance as passionate and worth caring about since them and that’s been a shame considering how great of a love story theirs really was.
The prequel trilogy was mainly created around the entire idea of Anakin and Padme’s secret love story and its lead up to Darth Vader’s eventual emergence but it was a TERRIBLE love story with corny conversations about sand and aggressive negotiations. Ugh. And then the latest three Star Wars movies haven’t spouted any concrete romances between any of the major characters except random moments like the infamously romantic hand touch between Kylo Ren and Rey or the awkward kiss between Finn and Rose on Crait. Besides that there hasn’t been any love stories. Just subtle or sometimes blatant hints to possible romantic relationships that could occur.
So I went into Solo knowing that Han and Qi’Ra had a romantic relationship but I figured it was going to follow the trend of its three predecessors by keeping the romantic aspect a little low-key. The movie isn’t on for five minutes before that theory is thrown out of the window as the film quickly establishes that Han and old flame, Qi’Ra, are definitely in love. And as the movie goes on it becomes more and more apparent on how strong that relationship truly is between the two characters.
Solo, on the surface seems to be an action/adventure flick but in essence it’s truthfully a film dabbling deeper in the romantic genre more than anything as it follows Han’s life and his quest to give himself, and Qi’Ra, a better life in the galaxy. If you’re someone who is a fan of love stories then this Star Wars film is definitely one to watch because it definitely has plenty of passionate smooching and leering gazes to satisfy anybody who’s been begging for romance in this new era of Star Wars.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! I’m about to start talking about some serious spoilers so I highly advise you to discontinue reading this now, if you haven’t watched this movie yet.
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Romance is a staple in superhero movies; from Superman’s iconic romance with reporter, Lois Lane to the love story between Spider-Man and Mary Jane, love is a main factor in a superhero’s life and this is very apparent throughout the MCU. From Iron Man to the franchise’s latest installment, Avengers: Infinity War, romance has helped humanize the characters and add greater depths to their stories. Now some romances have been very lackluster (Thor and Jane Foster/The Hulk and Black Widow) while other love stories have made the films actually better and I’m here to share with you my favorite ones. Enjoy!
5. Vision and Scarlet Witch
The best romances are the ones that escalate over time and the romantic relationship between Vision and Scarlet Witch definitely did that. In Age of Ultron there was only a tad hint of chemistry between the two characters. In Civil War, which supposedly was a year later, the relationship between Wanda and Vision increased to something beyond mere friendship and started delving into the realm of love for the two. And then when we meet them again in Infinity War two years later they are legitimately a romantic couple.
Not only was the romance between them palpable and realistic, considering that it took a while to find a foothold, but when a love story can bring me to tears that’s when I know it’s a romance that has touched me. And that is why their love story is on this list.
4. Captain America and Agent Peggy Carter
The relationship between Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter is one of the sweetest and most relatable romances in the MCU. Peggy was fond of Steve even before he got his incredible upgrade and then after taking the serum his heroism (and handsomeness) escalated Peggy’s view of him exponentially. The reason why this is one of my favorite romances is because Peggy wasn’t a damsel in distress. She was just as tough as Steve and just as benevolent and heroic as well. The fact that he “died” was a heartbreaking development in their relationship that would never fully come to pass.
I hadn’t even seen The First Avenger and the reunion between him and a much older Peggy Carter in The Winter Soldier made me cry. The regret on his face is so real and the elation from Peggy to know that he actually survived was enough to make anyone shed a tear. They definitely, to me, had one of the best romances in the franchise.
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Okay, I have been debating this with myself since Age of Ultron but I haven’t been able to figure it out until now, thanks to Infinity War, and that’s the realization that Vision is in fact a SUPER-intelligent robot. For a while now Vision has entirely eluded me as to what I could legitimately call him. Was he a human with an incredibly intuitive brain? Was he simply a robot with the extreme likeness, personality, and feelings of a human? Or did I have to think of him as simply a Mind Stone entity, not exactly human, not exactly a robot, just a being with infinite power? Well, Infinity War has pretty much cleared up this conundrum for me and now that this question of mine has been resolved I have to admit, I’m a tad bit grossed out about it.
Bruce Banner said that Vision is basically a mega-mix of Tony Stark, Jarvis, Banner, Ultron, and the Mind Stone all wrapped into a handsome Paul Bettany gift box. That’s a little…weird. So basically Scarlet Witch is in love with the ultimate robot? Ooookay. That’s definitely a little strange.
Vision, from what I’ve learned of his involvement in the comic books, was an alien superhero and so the relationship between him and Scarlet Witch was so totally palpable. This version of the well-known Marvel romance is a bit tweaked considering that Vision is now a robot rather than a living being. I mean, does Vision even breathe? He’s a robot so does he have to?
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