BY MICHELLE MEDFORD
Let’s start things off right, I’m not a sucker for love stories; I am a sucker for good love stories. I seek them out. I love to bask along with characters in a genuine relationship, and I love even more when they can move me to tears, be it through happiness or heartbreak. The problem is, most attempts at this fail, thanks to Hollywood’s trite rom-com over-saturation. However, this year was different.
3) Darius and Kenneth in Safety Not Guaranteed
I love this relationship because it caught me completely off-guard and fell together so naturally. Magazine writer Jeff finds a classified ad for a guy, Kenneth, in search of someone to accompany him travelling back in time. The writer aims to play along with the guy’s ad in attempt to write a story, towing along an awkward, withdrawn and dispirited intern, Darius. However, when Kenneth rejects Jeff, Darius steps in, whom Kenneth takes a liking to. The more they spend time together, prepping for their journey, learning to shoot firearms and stealing lasers to help complete their time machine, the two begin to develop a friendship, which in turn becomes something more.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LX6-EOnScI]
2) Pat and Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook
You’d think constantly prodding someone who clearly wants none of it would be annoying and fruitless (actually, even destructive), but in Silver Linings Playbook, it’s the complete opposite: it actually works. It works because Pat is dillusional; he doesn’t realize his unrealistic expectations (that his ex-wife will return to him, worse yet, the fact that he wants her to return after she cheated on him), but Tiffany does, though she too comes with a broken romantic past. Together, the two mend each other and help uncover the best in each other.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvAyLrhzTZs]
1) Sam and Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom
Although Sam and Suzy are just pre-teens, their love is the most mature on the list. Sam runs away from Camp Ivanhoe while Suzy runs away from home to meet in a wheat field and begin their lives together. They set up a home together (well, a tent by a lake) and pledge their love to each other in marriage (though not legal or acknowledged in any states). You might be tempted to call it a coming-of-age story, except that implies it’s a story about young people growing up, and it’s not. It’s the story about two people who know they’re in love and are ready to defy anyone who tries to tell them otherwise.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBJsQJDa1_A]