Winter must be cold for those who have no warm memories … and those who have never seen Insomnia in Seattle, my favorite romantic movie of all time. It was the first romantic comedy I’ve ever seen that didn’t make me want to slap both characters for being such stereotypical idiots and for that she holds a special place in my heart. It’s hard to pinpoint just five reasons why this one is my favorite, but I’ve done my best for all five reasons this week.
1. If Meg Ryan’s character, Annie, can find true love, then anyone can. Annie is far from perfect, but not in typical romantic comedy fashion. She’s not too busy with her career so far, too stuck to fall in love, or unable to find Mr. Right (in fact, she already has a fiancé who is a trap herself – aside from allergies, but no one is perfect – at the start of the film). Annie’s problem is that she is in love with the idea of love, the kind you find in classic romances like A case to remember, a little neurotic, and let’s face it pretty selfish… but she’s also damn brave, kind and can peel an entire apple peel in one piece, so she’s got that for her. I think its good qualities outweigh the bad and really who hasn’t been hiding in a broom closet with a radio and a phone? Okay, maybe not everyone, but we can all relate to those times Annie went through as she struggles to decide whether to pursue what seems like the safe and predictable path ahead of her or a chance to have a love that is real magic.
2. Annie is also the ultimate fan girl and I love her for that. All fans know what it’s like to fall in love with someone you hear on the radio (like Annie does with Sam), a character on TV, in a book or in a movie. She pretty much writes him fan mail and involves her best friend in the process by throwing letter after letter and in a frantic attempt to attract the interest of “Sleepless in Seattle”, a man turned celebrity by a shrink on the radio. She even abuses the privileges that her job as a journalist offers her to find him as the ultimate stalker so that she can see him in person. She is a committed fan girl and for her, everything pays off.
3. Believe it or not, one of the things I love most about this movie is the reaction of Annie’s fiancé, Walter, when she admits that she had an emotional affair (even if it wasn’t). only in his own head) with Sam. Walter doesn’t laugh at her, insult her, or demand to fight the man for his honor. He actually tells her that even though he loves her, he doesn’t want to be someone someone settles down for. When she says she doesn’t deserve it, he agrees before encouraging her to go to the Empire State Building and try her luck with someone else. The movie doesn’t suddenly give him flaws that he didn’t previously have to justify dumping him or making him someone worth leaving. He’s the same good, reliable guy he was from the start, but not the guy for Annie.
4. The conversation that Tom Hanks’ character Sam Baldwin has with the radio shrink about his late wife, Maggie, has to be one of the most heart-wrenching and love-reaffirming dialogues in history. movie theater. I’ve seen this movie at least fifty times (yes, I know I have a problem) and every time it brings tears to my eyes. There’s something so real about this conversation, and the character of Sam in general, that your typical romantic comedy often lacks that makes this movie so special.
Sam baldwin: Well, I’m going to get out of bed every morning… inhale and exhale all day. Then, after a while, I won’t have to remember to get out of bed every morning and inhale and exhale… while.
Doctor Marcia Fieldstone: Tell me what was so special about your wife?
Sam baldwin: Well, how long does your program last? Well, it was a million little things that, when you add them all up, they meant we were meant to be together… and I knew it. I knew it from the first time I touched it. It was like coming home… but no house I had ever known… I was just taking his hand to help him out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.
5. The main reason for it all Insomnia in Seattle is my favorite romantic movie of all time, is that Sam and Annie don’t meet until the end. You go through quite a romantic comedy with the two main characters only meeting at the closing scene and yet everything you need to know about how their life together is going to play out is written all over their faces in this final scene. It’s a gratifying end to Annie’s journey and that “finally” feeling you get when they meet your eyes makes you feel good about love, life, and just about everything.
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