Posted by: Staff | 03.04.2010

A Valentine’s Day Just Like Any Other

CARLI JAFF ’12

Valentine’s Day, directed by Garry Marshall, contains a cast so incredible that each star is better than the next. This blockbuster cast comes together to create a story so detailed and unpredictable that anyone can see it; be they boy, girl, adult, or teenager. In a nutshell, Valentine’s Day is about intertwining couples and singles who are all trying to find love on the most romantic day of the year. While many may think that this movie is just another chick flick, they are wrong. The movie jumps from storyline to storyline without delay, and it continuously throws twists and turns in the way. This movie constantly keeps the viewer on their toes, and by the end; almost all of the plot lines are different than they were at the beginning.

While I am a big fan of romantic comedies, I can honestly say that this was not a typical romantic comedy. There was a dark undertone to the movie with a lot of irony thrown in. Valentine’s Day was a commentary on how much pressure commercialism has put on men to give their loved ones a perfect and romantic day. While there is plenty of humor in it, there is also pain and frustration, as well as surprise and apprehension.

Some of the actors in the movie played characters we have never seen them play. For example, Julia Roberts plays a woman coming back from the army for one night to spend it with her loved one. Taylor Lautner plays, well, a normal teenager, not a werewolf, and Queen Latifah plays a high maintenance businesswoman. Every actor that is in Valentine’s Day was very well cast and all of them worked extremely well together. There are also some surprise cameos in the movie, including Adam Sandler!

I personally loved Valentine’s Day, and I think that anyone who has any desire to see it should. It is a great movie for romantics and people who enjoy dark humor. This movie, while somewhat commercialized, is very diverse and I think that anyone could appreciate some value in it, whether it be the romance, the irony, or the multiple messages that it sends. So, go see Valentine’s Day! You will not regret it.

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