Love is all around from music, books, film and real life but there are so many versions of love that it’s hard to figure them all out. This week, at Wandering Through The Shelves, it is about Love in the Tech Age and I had to think about this one for a while but I think I chose 3 that work and here they are...
1. STAR WARS-1977
Friends can love each other deeply and nothing speaks love of friendship in the tech age than R2D2 and C3PO. It is with little wonder that George Lucas was inspired by the great friendship team of Laurel & Hardy( my dad’s favourite comedy duo). Laurel & Hardy were tied to the hip and Hardy would always complain and blame Laurel...sound familiar? These 2 robots almost stole the picture because they were funny, endearing and loving as only 2 dear friends could be. We know the plot of this great film but no one thinks that the best love story is between these 2 robots.
2. YOU’VE GOT MAIL-1998
Oh, this tech love story sounds like a relic nowadays but it still fits since this involves computers. This is a remake of The Shop Around The Corner with James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan and In The Good Ole Summertime, a musical remake with Judy Garland and Van Johnson. This film stars Tom Hanks as a big chain bookstore owner who is despised by a small children’s bookstore owner played by Meg Ryan and they often argue. Unbeknownst to both, they are “pen pals” who discuss their problems specifically with the jerk/jerkess that is irritating the hell out of them. It’s a nice little romance movie made better by the acting of Hanks and Ryan even though I found her annoying in this flick. I prefer the original and the musical over this one.
3. A. I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-2001
This is an under-rated gem of a film with a heartbreaking performance by Haley Joel Osment as a young robot who can feel love and only wants to be loved. He is with human parents whose son is not expected to ever come out of his coma. The mother enacts the human emotion from her robot son who loves to have a mom. This is cut short when their human son regains consciousness and comes home only to become jealous of his robot brother. He makes sure the robot brother is blamed for something the human son instigated and the parents agree to send the robot boy away to be demolished only the mother can’t do it so she lets robotboy off in the woods and leaves. The robot boy wants to become human and goes in search of the blue fairy to make him human going on an adventure that is equally thrilling and dangerous. It was not widely received when it came out but I thought it was brilliant and shows how much a boy just wants to be loved.
Which 3 films would you choose?