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Love in Cinema by Keefer Blakeslee

Keefer.2014.5.jpgRomance has been in the movies ever since 1896 when the first romantic film debut called The Kiss. From then on, movies have portrayed the magic of love in films such as The Notebook, Titanic, and Ghost.

There have been debates on whether or not movies send people the wrong message about love. Let’s face it, they are good points. Films can show audiences that it’s okay to cheat as long as it is love or you can find your soul mate after one intimate night. Also, let’s not forget the magic of Disney and their love at first sight concept.

The thing about romantic films is that they embellish what it means to be in a relationship. Sadly, love is not always what the silver screen portrays it to be. Sure, there are happy moments but, it takes patience, commitment and communication. Sometimes, couples argue and show their worst side to each other. Movies usually do not show this side of love. There are the rare occasions where films can show true love like 50 First Dates or even Julie & Julia.

I am not saying I know everything about love. I am only 14 and still learning about it. My point is that love may not always be what the media says it is but that does not mean we can’t enjoy romantic films. There is a reason why we watch movies in general – to get away from reality. Romantic films offer hope that we can have the type of romance we see on-screen in our real life. Audiences watch The Princess Bride to consider the possibility that one day they can have a romance as passionate as Wesley and Buttercup. The idea of having the girl or guy of your dreams and ride off into the sunset together is a romantic one.

However, it’s good to remember to get your head out of the clouds and back to reality. I may not know much about love but I do know it is not as easy as films tend to portray it. Even though I adore romantic films they are certainly not my measure of how love truly works. But, a boy can dream.

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