Movie Club: Moonstruck
But first, announcements!
Congratulations to Catie James, the winner of a signed copy of Jackie Barbosa’s BEHIND THE RED DOOR! Please email me your address, and I’ll get it in the mail to you.
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And now, on with the show.
Moonstruck. Oh, how I love this movie, for so many reasons. But I will confine myself to a listing a few.
First, the film features one of my favorite pairings: The deliciously tortured hero and the no-nonsense heroine who refuses to coddle him. Ronny lost his hand in a bakery accident, and he’s still bitter and blaming his older brother, Johnny. When Johnny’s fiance, Loretta, comes to invite Ronny to the wedding, so many sparks fly between them they practically combust. Their dialogue is so wonderful.
One of the most memorable exchanges (sorry for video quality):
Or this speech by Ronny:
Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn’t know this either, but love don’t make things nice – it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren’t here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die. The storybooks are bull****. Now I want you to come upstairs with me and get in my bed.
Oh, and then there’s the opera. The opera! *sigh*
But the thing I adore most about this movie is the ending. I was tempted to embed the video, but it’s too long and a spoiler if you haven’t seen the whole thing. But what I love about it is that Ronny and Loretta are surrounded by all the people they love and who love them. In making their declarations of love and commitment, they’re not just an isolated couple, but part of a family, a neighborhood, a community, a culture. In my books, I have a tendency to write the final reunion and happy ending in the context of big group scenes–with families, party guests, or whole crowds looking on, because I love the idea that a happy ending is about more than just two people. It’s a part of a larger circle of love.
Do you have any favorite lines from Moonstruck, or other movies? Favorite ending scenes with public declarations of love?