A big, and somewhat belated, happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrated it this week. As for myself, I went to 3 Thanksgiving meals and feel as if I will never eat again. At one of these great feasts, the people there were watching Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith. While being submitted to this torture I began to think of other on-screen “romances” that were as painfully awkward to watch as this one was and I came up with a few.
Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson: “Twilight”
– This duo was painful to watch from the get go and did not get any less awkward over the span of 5 movies. They say practice makes perfect, but that was definitely not the case with this on-screen couple. The constipated looks on their faces as they were supposed to be having a romantic moment resulted in a pathetic lack of chemistry. When I found out that the two were actually a couple in real life, and were still not able to generate any believable romance on screen, I felt bad for their relationship.
Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez: “Gigli”
– This movie was a complete flop and nearly ruined the film career of Ben Affleck. One of the many reasons for the films utter failure was the complete lack of”gumption” between Affleck and Lopez. During the love scenes, the two would make weird animal noises, which was far more comical than sexy, and their supposed romance in the film was awkward and stiff. Again, as with the “Twilight” couple these two were dating in real life during the filming of this movie. How is it that people who are actually dating can’t seem to generate a realistic seeming relationship on-screen?
Natalie Portman & Hayden Christensen: “Star Wars-Clone Wars & Revenge of the Sith”
– As I alluded to earlier, this movie romance is one of the worst, and most awkward, things I have seen in a long time. Not only do both actors deliver their supposed heartfelt lines in a choppy monotone, but they are also stiff and uncomfortable looking when they are supposed to be irresistible to each other. Also I can’t help but point out the fairly pedifilic nature of this romance as she is easily supposed to be twice his age and met him when she was an adult and he was a child.
Katie Holmes & Christian Bale: “Batman Begins”
– As a film overall I really liked this movie, but the love story was the weak point in an otherwise solid film. There was no one instance I would point to specifically to illustrate my point, I guess my only defense is that Katie Holmes is just somewhat awkward in her scenes with Bale. Perhaps I am the only one with this opinion, and if that is the case then I am sorry. However, I just think Holmes was not able to shake her uncomfortable demeanor when she was supposed to be smitten with Batman.