Thursday, February 9, 2023

Thursday Movie Picks #446: Romance Tropes Edition - Cinderella Plot

Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share your movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.


This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Romance Tropes Edition - Cinderella Plot (A heroine being swept off her feet by a wealthy guy)

Hey it's February and it's time for the Romance Tropes Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the month. 

February 2 - Romance Tropes Edition: Travel Romance

February 9 - Romance Tropes Edition: Cinderella Plot (A heroine being swept off her feet by a wealthy guy)
February 16 - Romance Tropes Edition: Forced Proximity (characters are stuck together perhaps sheltering from a storm together, or are on a long haul flight, or stuck in a lift…etc)
February 23 - Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition: Friends To Lovers

I’m going the period drama route as such plots are more suited in a historical setting where women have almost zero career options, so to better themselves financially, the only option often is to marry well. I’m picking the movies I like.

Mansfield Park (1999)
The book is actually my least-liked Austen novel as Fanny Price was so dull and doormat-like in the book. However, in the movie they changed her personality, Fanny is more lively and opinionated with a sharp tongue, which is why I enjoyed it more. In Mansfield Park, Fanny is in love with one rich man and courted by another charming rich guy and yeah one of them is actually her cousin which is gross but this is set in the late 18th or early 19th century when such things are acceptable and normal.
I Capture the Castle (2003)
This is a charming adaptation of one of my favourite books. In the movie, two sisters living with their family in a crumbling castle and surviving on their father’s meager book royalties see an opportunity for a better future when the rich American-British brothers and owners of the castle come to visit their properties.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Elizabeth wasn’t quite impressed by Darcy’s wealth due to his lack of social skills and poorly delivered proposal. Things change though when she sees how grand Pemberly is and how fondly his sister and housekeeper speak of him.

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  1. I recently rewatched Pride and Prejudice and god that 2005 film just works SO WELL for me. I love it.

  2. under the wire. I haven't seen any of these but would love to see this Pride & Prejudice as I love Matthew McFadyen

  3. Pride and Prejudice is the only Jane Austen book I ever read, so it's the only film I've seen too. I was surprised how much I ended up liking it, so Mansfield Park is for sure on my list to read and watch.


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