From Hollywood With Love by Scott Meslow

From Hollywood with love

by Scott Meslow

Fans of the romantic comedy genre will certainly enjoy the non-fiction book, From Hollywood With Love: The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of the Romantic Comedy. This book is a history of the “modern” romantic comedy in cinema that begins with when harry met sally (1989) and ending with To all the boys I’ve loved before (2018). Along the way, she discusses what a romantic comedy is and isn’t, why some work and others don’t, the difficulties women of color and other underrepresented groups face in bringing their stories to film, and the changes brought about by services. of transmission.

There are sixteen films that have their own chapters, plus interspersed sections on specific actors. It’s interesting to see why each film was chosen and how it changed the rom-com paradigm or became a hit that remains unique, and why; in fact, thinking about why each movie gets the focus it does was my favorite part of the book. Each chapter not only talks about a specific movie, but about other movies that competed with it, influenced it or were influenced by it. I was entertained and informed by discussions of how and why movies were made, all the changes they go through before they hit the screen, and what qualities seemed to be successful.

This isn’t a forceful exposé on the many kinds of erasures and injustices within Hollywood, but it does take the time to talk about how extraordinarily difficult it was for waiting to exhalee (on black women) and Someone has to concede (about older white women) on screen. It also discusses why, for example, Will Smith only did one romantic comedy (Hitch).

From Hollywood with love it’s easy to read, it’s quick, you can pick it up anywhere in the book, and it’s broken up into lots of short sections. This is not an academic book by any means. In addition to using conversational language, he is quite perfunctory in his discussion of Hollywood’s many problems. Nevertheless, I felt entertained, constantly interested, and at least somewhat informed and enlightened.

Most of all, I found myself wanting to rewatch many beloved rom-coms and add a few new ones to my watch list, which suggests to me that this book achieved its goal of reminding me just how delightful, interesting, and moving rom-coms can be. be.

– Carrie S.

An in-depth celebration of the modern golden age of the romantic comedy and its role in our culture, tracing the genre from its heyday in the ’80s and ’90s, its unfortunate decline in the 2000s, and its explosive resurgence in the age of transmission. , featuring exclusive interviews with the directors, writers and stars of the iconic films that defined the genre.

No Hollywood genre has been more misunderstood, or more unfairly disparaged, than the romantic comedy. Funny, charming, and audience-trusted, romantic comedies were the essential backbone of the Hollywood landscape, launching the careers of many of Hollywood’s most talented actors and filmmakers, including Julia Roberts and Matthew McConaughey, and providing many of the still limited. creative opportunities women had in Hollywood. But despite, or perhaps because of, all of that, the romantic comedy has been routinely ignored by the Academy Awards or snobbishly dismissed by critics. On From Hollywood with loveculture writer and GQ contributor Scott Meslow seeks to right this wrong, celebrating and analyzing romantic comedies with the appreciative and insightful critical lens they’ve always deserved.

Beginning with the golden age of romantic comedy, from the late 1980s to the mid 2000s with the advancement of movies like when harry met sally— to the rise of streaming and the long-awaited boost for diversity that sets the course for movies like the groundbreaking, franchise-building crazy rich asiansMeslow examines the evolution of the genre through its many iterations, from the establishment of new tropes, the rewrites of Austen and Shakespeare, the many love triangles, and even the occasional brave decision to end happily ever after.

Featuring original black-and-white sketches of iconic movie scenes and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers behind our most beloved romantic comedies, From Hollywood with love constructs oral histories of our most celebrated romantic comedies, for an informed and entertaining look at Hollywood’s beloved but underappreciated genre.

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