Friday, 20 May 2011

Just the Two of Us

To celebrate the great animated feature that is Mary and Max (currently showing on Film4), we've decided to take a look at some movie duos that stick together until death – in most cases - do them part.
Jeux d’enfants (Love Me If You dare)
Image: Mars Distribution
In this French tale, protagonists Sophie and Julien become embroiled in a game which involves them completing dares upon the transfer of a small, jolie box. The game continues into their adult lives, but things gets complicated, and dangerous, when the two start to fall for one another. With neither one willing to admit their feelings, the dares become the focus to avoid dealing with the truth. It’s a risky romantic-drama with a twist.
Thelma and Louise
Image: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
The ultimate movie of female empowerment. Louise, the docile housewife, heads off for a weekend getaway with her single pal Thelma; however, after a fatal confrontation at a bar, the girls are forced to change their destination and head into the unknown.
Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon are the perfect pair as they show us a friendship that’s worth going to the ends of the earth for. Girl Power!
Grave of the Fireflies
Image: Toho Company
It may be an animation, but Grave of the Fireflies has a story and visuals to rival many live-action movies. Set in Japan at the end of World War II, the movie tells the tale of two orphaned children battling to survive without means. It’s a movie about kids, but there’s nothing childish about the sentiments you’re left with.
Pursuit of Happyness
Image: Columbia Pictures
After years of watching Will Smith goof around in crowd-pleasing roles, he finally delivers a performance that proves he’s more than just a Hollywood cash-cow. In this family tale, Smith must find a way of providing for his son after a miscalculated investment looses him his wife and their savings. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that’s worth a ride, though the need to replace the “I” in "Happiness" is still unfathomable.
Brokeback Mountain
Image: Focus Features
The epic love story of two cowboys who, in spite of town rules, start a relationship. The affair is documented over twenty years as they both marry and have kids yet continue to meet regularly for fishing and frolicking. These aren’t the ingredients for a happy ending, but Brokeback Mountain proved to be a gay love story with universal appeal.
The Green Mile
Image: Warner Bros.
The Green Mile doesn’t contain your typical loving duo; Hanks and Duncan aren’t brothers, lovers or even, initially, friends, but the understanding that develops between them as Duncan’s character awaits execution is affecting to watch.
Image: Touchstone Pictures
It’s not often movies makes you cry (unless you’re a sensitive sole), but this one has you at goodbye, when you learn that best buds CC and Hillary won’t be growing old together. Mix that in with trips down memory lane and a poignant theme song (“Wind Beneath My Wings”) and you’re off. Off with Midler and her eagles.
Free Willy
Image: Warner Bros.
Who doesn’t appreciate a little bit of animal lovin’? Certainly not us! It’s not everyday a big fat whale attracts our attention, but there’s no denying the bond between Willy and Jessie. “Now come to me, Willlllllly.” Undeniable.
Image: Pixar
Up is an average movie - in the sense that it’s a shame everything still has to be wrapped up so U-ly after 10 movies - but the opening 15 minutes is a standout, sensitive, symbolic montage that epitomises the notion of “Just The Two of Us”, as we’re whisked through the life and courtship of Carl and Ellie.
The Krays
Image: Rank
The wild card.
At the forefront of organised crime in the East End of London in the 60s, twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray soon rose to become the most notorious gang leaders of the city’s criminal underworld. Based on their story, The Krays chronicles their lives from their humble beginnings to their psychological turns, as they went on to commit a number of horrific acts, including giving someone the notorious “Chelsea Smile”.
It obviously takes blood brothers to play blood brothers as the Kemp sibling were brought in to immortalise them on screen.

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