Cary Elwes

A Castle for Christmas (2021)

A Castle for Christmas (2021)

Netflix

Director:

Mary Lambert

Writers:

Ally Carter

Kim Beyer-Johnson

Starring:

Brooke Shields

Cary Elwes

Blurb:

To escape a scandal, a bestselling author journeys to Scotland, where she falls in love with a castle – and faces off with the grumpy duke who owns it.

Review:

I was surprised how much I enjoyed A Castle for Christmas. I love these types of movies but so often you can tell the budget was nonexistent. Scenes get cut, makeup is horrible, the dialog is awkward, and set decorations are minimal. A Castle for Christmas probably had a higher budget than other Christmas romance movies, but I’m sure it wasn’t huge, and most went to the stars. Still, they used their budget wisely and it showed.

It’s hard to do a romance with an “older” couple. It can come often as overly sentimental and all about companionship. People of all ages fuck. Chemistry adds a LOT to a romance movie and Shields and Elwes had it.

A Castle for Christmas also had the addition of wish fulfillment. Shields was a successful author with a loving daughter, she befriended an entire village, and she bought a castle. Then she winds up with freaking Westley. You could not get much better than that. Christmas romance needs that in the story. While the world is burning around you and the holidays are stressing you out seeing someone on-screen live the life you’d like while also having to overcome “small” hurdles is its own kind of therapy.

Netflix has been delivering these holiday romance movies for a few years now and I hope they continue. I need them. I look forward to them. My only complaint is I want MORE.

4/5

Days of Thunder (1990)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Days of Thunder (1990)

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

Robert Towne

Tom Cruise

Starring:

Tom Cruise

Robert Duvall

Nicole Kidman

Randy Quaid

Michael Rooker

Cary Elwes

Blurb:

A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.

Thoughts:

I am not a NASCAR fan. I always hated Sundays when my dad would watch it because it was so boring. I didn’t like football either, but something about cars driving around in circles was so much worse. I hated it. When I met my now husband, he was a big NASCAR fan. He loved to talk about it, and initially, because I wanted in his pants, I listened. Eventually, I listened because I loved him, and seeing him so excited about something was fun. I unwillingly learned more than I ever wanted to know about the sport. I now know it’s more than just driving in circles, along with a myriad of other facts. (In case anyone was wondering, he pays attention when I talk about topics I love and probably knows more than he’d ever want to know about romance books)

I never grew to like NASCAR, and in case it wasn’t clear, Days of Thunder is not my movie. In fact, I could have easily skipped it and felt no remorse over it, but my husband wanted to watch it, so I didn’t.

Alright, so Tom Cruise is a racer that can drive anything better than anyone ever, except he knows nothing about cars. Robert Duvall is old, even then, and he knows everything there is about making cars. Together, if they can get past their differences, they’ll be unstoppable. Enter Nicole Kidman, a super professional doctor, but after Tom Cruise puts her hand on his junk, she can’t seem to control herself. They hang out, and then seconds after she’s cleared him to drive again, they make out and become a thing. Also, Michael Rooker is the best driver until Tom Cruise comes along, and they have multiple dick-measuring contests. Oh, and Cary Elwes totally wants to fuck Tom Cruise.

That is Days of Thunder.

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

The Princess Bride (1987)

Director:

Rob Reiner

Writer:

William Goldman

Starring:

Cary Elwes

Robin Wright

Mandy Patinkin

Chris Sarandon

Christopher Guest

Wallace Shawn

André the Giant

Blurb:

While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

Thoughts:

The Princess Bride is my movie. When someone asks me that awful question, what’s my favorite film, The Princess Bride, is my answer. I used to have the entire thing memorized. My friends and I would take turns quoting the whole thing. One time when I was bored at work, I recited it for a coworker, including acting out the fighting scene on the cliffs of insanity. When I say The Princess Bride is my movie, I mean that it is the movie that had the most significant impact on my life, except for maybe Star Wars.

I’ve introduced a few people to The Princess Bride, and without fail, they enjoy it. It is one of those rare films that is perfect. There is nothing I would change. I’ve had it on VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital. I’ve got the criterion collections version. I’ve got t-shirts and the board game. This is my movie.

I’m not claiming to be its biggest fan. Not even close. But The Princess Bride is my ultimate comfort movie. I fall asleep to it because I can close my eyes and visualize the entire thing. I love it.