Last night I was exhausted. But I still wanted to watch something charming and witty. So I poured myself a glass of red wine, broke off a piece of Ghirardelli Cabernet and blackberry dark chocolate, and sat down to watch The Shop Around the Corner (1940).
I don’t know what it is about old movies, but they seem so much more simple, thought out, and methodical. They have a purpose and the dialogue is always thought out. It’s not like the majority of today’s scripts where the dialogue is just word fodder between explosions and computer graphics. Very few movies today have substance or a human connection. Entertainment is just, well, a distraction.
Now, I’m not ignorant or that starry eyed. I know that not all old movies are good and that a lot of the dialogue is not always as clever. But there’s a certain amount of effort in old movies that just doesn’t happen today. They had to rely on dialogue and actors and emotions because they couldn’t fall back on special effects or car chases.
I had never seen The Shop Around the Corner before last night. I knew that it was what You’ve Got Mail was based on, but I had no idea how closely. Being a big sucker for cute movies like You’ve Got Mail because i do indeed have ovaries, I loved The Shop Around the Corner.
The dialogue was clever and you actually had to pay attention to the jokes, a movies that made you actually use your brain and have to pay attention! I haven’t had one of those in a while. The acting was superb and the storyline was raw and really and at times heartbreaking. It was beautiful and I absolutely loved it. You’ve Got Mail can now step down from my favourites because it’s being replaced by its original.
I will, most likely, get back into my old movie phase and only watch the silver screen again. Some of my favourites include: Arsenic and Old Lace, Some Like It Hot, Roman Holiday, and Sabrina. If you have any suggestions for me place tell me!