January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #4 of the 47.
Let’s continue with… When Harry met Sally (1989)
Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this for the first time in the theater when I was 15 and was completely blown away by the jokes and characters who have become so familiar to me in the 30 years since this came out.
“You see? That is just like you, Harry. You say things like that, and you make it impossible for me to hate you.” – Sally Albright
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater, DVD, 22 Jul 2013, 29 April 2014, 2 Mar 2015, 13 Aug 2019 and 1 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Two college graduates take a cross country trip from Chicago to New York and end up meeting one another numerous times over the next decade and a half.
My Take on it – One of the very best (if not THE best) romantic comedy ever made.
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are both superb in these roles that have become so iconic over the decades.
There chemistry together is sublime and works on so many levels which is great since normally one wouldn’t think of Crystal as a leading man in a romantic comedy and he is perfect here.
It’s quite difficult imagining anyone else playing these roles to perfection as they do.
The story does a splendid job developing these character and its so easy to fall in love with them both largely due to their unique quirks.
The film has a great message abut love and friendship that remains timeless.
The added bonus of hearing various tales of long term relationships from different couples at varying intervals during the story helps make things even more enjoyable even if this story itself is a bit different.
This film is filled with so many iconic lines of dialogue and situations that somehow are still funny no matter how often one hears or sees them.
Rob Reiner does an amazing job directing this film and is able to integrate Nora Ephron’s script so well into the frame.
The film gets so many thing right about “courting” and friendship and just as the characters are learng new things about these situations, the audience is also getting a lesson in these ideas.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The segments of married couples telling the stories of how they met are real stories that director Rob Reiner collected for the film. The actors related the stories. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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