Wednesday, 13 April 2011

"I do" movie moments

Any man can go down on one knee, declare his undying love and stick a ring on your finger, but Hollywood has raised our expectations to more creative and heartfelt marriage proposals, here follows some of the most memorable ones.

In The Wedding Singer Roby (Adam Sandler) proposes to Julia (Drew Barrymore) via song. He might not have the voice of an angel but when he sung “Grow old with you” our sentimental heart melted with the longing for such honest, innocent declarations of love. Love Actually showed that not even a language barrier should stop the man from getting his woman. Jamie Bennett (Colin Firth) learned a new language and traveled thousands of miles to a foreign country to propose to his one and only in her native tongue, another balcony scene to make the viewer go week in the knees.
In this day and age it’s even acceptable for the woman to pop the question, as Julia Roberts demonstrated in Run Away Bride. But the most memorable part of the proposal was most definitely the speech. “I guarantee that we’ll have tough times. I guarantee that at some point one or both of us will want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.” I can literally feel women’s hearts everywhere sighing with the beauty of that speech.
Sometimes the simplest proposal is the most memorable. In Stepmom Luke (Ed Harris) takes a cotton reel and ties one end of the string around Isabel’s (Julia Roberts) finger, unwinds the cotton and let’s the ring slide down straight onto her finger.
Writing about all the amazing movie marriage proposals makes me think it might not be the way the man proposes, but the speech that goes with that proposal, be it in Portuguese or simple English, be it said or sung, if the words come from the heart or a brilliant screenplay writer it will be a sure hit.

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