The current offering today in the current cinematic landscape, more specifically, most if not all in the romance genre are quite simply boring. Let me explain.
One reason being is that they don’t represent reality as real. Or maybe they represent reality as being too real?! The ratio rests upon some sort of short lived struggle that leaves the viewer satisfied that the illusion of happily ever after belongs in reality rather than fiction. Maybe there is a reason they call it fiction?! Don’t think me cynical, ironically, I am a classical romantic at heart. However, romance has become nothing more about self validation, emotive identity, and finding someone like us. It resists the celebration of difference, demands that all stories end the same. In fact, is this not how most of the west translates their politics or even way of life? Is not the American Dream that which rests upon this exact ideology? Is not religion, as is, also hopes for the consumption of difference and a happily ever after?
Hollywood does not know how to deal with tragedy. Maybe this is what new cinema should be doing, training up disciples in the art of not fixing tragedy but dealing with it first, director Lars Von Trier,Tim Burton and Guillermo Del Toro are such integral voices to this new movement.
It is also patriarchal in that typically the male leads the romance, or the whole of the films equation rests on the woman being socially beautiful and the man being attractive to the woman. Also success is solely defined by status, identity and external laws. In fact decision making in the world today defines the value and values of person, in this culture, no one is valuable unless otherwise decided by the masses.
In this sense, in the most perverse sense, all these laws, false truths, patriarchal rules narrate our reality for us, with no chance at subverting fate.
There is no sanity left in Hollywoods interpretation of reality nor is there any left in western politics that seeks to perpetuate the same foreign political agenda of eradicating that which is different.