Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The Way We Were - A Lesson in Romance

So I finally watched The Way We Were this afternoon.It's taken a while - the movie is the same age as I am. I'd seen snippets and read bits and bobs so already had ideas of what to expect, but I got so much more than I bargained for.

It's perfect.

It's understated and beautifully played by Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand - they made my heart ache. It's vulnerable and honest, and even though you sense the whole time that they are wrong together, still you want their love to win out. Because their love is big. HUGE. She is so flawed by her convictions and he is too conventional to handle her, but you know that they will always love each other regardless, because they have that sort of love. The sort of unconditional love that never dies, regardless of years apart or new lives and loves.

I feel as if i've sat in on a masterclass on romance writing. It's truly gorgeous.


  1. Oh now you make me want to watch it! And/or write it. :-)

  2. You've made me want to watch it too!

  3. Don't hold back! Get it if you can, and watch it on your own and soak it up. I had the kids around, s have saved it to watch again with a glass of wine one of the evenings.

  4. Hubble.
    That's all I'm sayin.
    One of my favorite movies EVAH. I think Mr R in his uniform, with his eyes closed, in the bar has got to be the ultimate romance hero ever ever ever.
    Swoon. Now I have to go for a lie down at just the thought of it...

  5. Am SO with you. He was beautiful in his day, wasn't he? And such a good actor. He kind of reminded me of Brad Pitt a little?
    Fab movie. Fab writing.

  6. Hubble - terrible name, and yet by the end of the movie I found it sexy. How's about that? The power of Mr.R