The premise of Anyone but you by Wil Gluck is as old as the world. A classic romance movie trope. Boy meets girl and after a misunderstanding, they separate. Only for love to bring them together again and again. It is a story told in a thousand ways, but one that William Shakespeare immortalized in the play Much Ado About Nothing in 1598. Now, the film by Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney gives it a contemporary, endearing and, in the end, adorable air. Which will give them, perhaps, a second chance to find the great romance of both their lives.
The truth is that the great stories of the English Bard have been a substantial part of films and romantic comedies since cinema discovered that it was a profitable genre. From the tragedies similar to Othello to the adorable stories that give a renewed air to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare always seems to have the last word when it comes to human relationships and especially, to the way in which the deepest and most passionate feelings can manifest.
We leave you five movies that you can watch right now if you liked Anyone But You and want to give the romantic genre a chance. From a teenage classic to a terrifying version of Romeo and Juliet. The selection covers the best of love on the big screen and without a doubt, the contribution that William Shakespeare left to the cinematographic world.
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Gil Junger took the work The Taming of the Shrew and turned it into a romantic teen comedy that became a milestone for an entire generation. The story of Kat (Julia Stiles) and Pat (Heath Ledger) takes the well-known story of the girl who doesn’t want to know about love, to a reflection on the demands of romance in our time. But much more, a nice review of movie clichés of Romance
In less skilled hands, the experiment could have been disastrous. However, the director manages to turn the plot into an ingenious game of relationships, encounters and disagreements. That, while the high school environment gives a new face to the cliché of fated lovers.
With a graduation party included as the grand finale, the film is a delight for romance fans. Furthermore, a demonstration that the works of Shakespeare is always good source material for great love stories.
Romeo + Juliet
In 1996, Baz Luhrmann reimagined the scenario of the tragic lovers of Verona, to narrate a contemporary and urban romance. The result is an iconic film that is still considered one of the best in the romance genre, but that also demonstrates the enduring nature of the figure of young lovers. Much more so if these are played by very young Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.
The story is essentially the same as the couple in the immortal English work. The rival gangs, The Montagues and the Capulets, will face each other to the death. in the middle of a predestined romance that will lead to the death of two young people.
But first, both will demonstrate that the most human feeling of all is a thread that can destroy any obstacle, even that of the most visceral and deadly hatred. Considered one of the iconic works of its director, it is, also, one of the most imaginative versions of the English Bard’s work.
West Side Story (2021 version)
Another version of Romeo and Juliet for the list, but this time, with the urban air of New York and by Steven Spielberg. The classic work, this time, analyzes the tension, hatred and fear between two factions of the city’s Latino community. At the same time, like the streets, they can become a harsh and distressing scenario for settle the hatred of generations that will confront a group of young people.
Among all, María (Rachel Zegler) and Tony (Ansel Egort) will end up falling in love, in the midst of an increasingly volatile scenario close to disaster. For its heartbreaking ending, love triumphs in a bitter way. But at the same time, it shows that it is the powerful link capable of crossing the map of resentments and pain that surrounds it.
Spielberg managed to provide an atmosphere of magical homage to both the 1960s version and the work scored by Leonard Bernstein. Between both things, the classic love story par excellence, shines as a reminder that romance can always be a reason to fight.
She is the boy
This adaptation of the work King’s Night from 2006, is as strange and well narrated as its theater version, released on February 2, 1602. But it also has an extraordinary point that makes it a film worth remembering: that of converting the game of mistakes of the source text , in a look at young love. And even sexual and gender identity. That, in the midst of funny dialogues and a staging that is reminiscent of several of its most memorable theater versions.
In an unprecedented decision, Viola Johnson (Amanda Bynes) decides to take the place of her twin Sebastian at the boarding school where he studies. At first everything seems like a game, until she falls in love with Duke (Channing Tatum), one of the companions around her. But everything will become stranger when the latter confesses that she feels a deep attraction for Olivia (Laura Ramsey). She, in turn, believes she loves Sebastian.
Laughter and extravagant jokes are the perfect setting for this love story with more shades of wild comedy than anything else. But still, the grand finale will bring more surprises than expected. Which makes the film a great option for those who enjoy a good romance film that can also make you laugh.
Memoirs of a teenage zombie
Jonathan Levine adapted the novel Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion and turned it into the most unique version of Romeo and Juliet imaginable. R (Nicholas Hoult) is a monster who doesn’t want to be, but he doesn’t know how to recover — if possible — his human condition. Julie (Teresa Palmer) tries survive a zombie apocalypse without knowing what you’re really facing.
In the end, love will do its thing and will end up uniting this impossible couple. But the film is also much more than a comedy of errors. It is a deep and kind reflection on what makes us human and the way in which that humanity can manifest itself. Which gives the film its most kind and sincere feature. Worthy successor to the work of William Shakespeare.