Love may be blind, but it doesn’t have to be. Two of pop culture’s most prominent and talented individuals, Robert Pattinson and Matt Reeves, prove that even when you’re in love, you can still discover all of nature’s wonders. Reeves, previously the director of the highly acclaimed The Matrix trilogy, directed the highly anticipated and much-acclaimed film, Love & Marriage, which stars Pattinson and Sarah Jessica Parker. The film will be released in theaters on February 9th, but you can read on for more about its creation.
An Unlikely Alliance
If there’s one thing we can learn from Love & Marriage it’s that no matter how unlikely an alliance, love can indeed transform anything. One of the film’s most memorable scenes features the unlikely duo of Pattinson and Parker, who play Annie and Jake, respectively, a married couple who meet by accident one rainy day. The scene unfolds as Annie walks past a bakery while simultaneously trying to stay warm and dry. She spies a man inside the bakery and unwittingly encourages him to ask for a bite-sized cupcake to go. The two soon realize they have a shared taste for cupcakes and begin to get to know each other. They soon develop an unlikely friendship and begin to rely on one another as they navigate their marriage.
The Perfection Of Timing
In the interest of full disclosure, the creative mind behind this project, New Regency, and I were acquainted many years ago. Although we haven’t worked together since the 1980s, I’ve always remained a great admirer of his and his films. Timing is everything, and I think Reeves’ ability to position and edit footage to create the perfect pacing sequence is what makes Love & Marriage such a marvel to behold.
The Matrix Inspired Look
The Matrix trilogy redefined action cinema. Without giving too much away, the Wachowskis’ films illuminated the hidden nature of reality and the existence of an entire digital world known as the Matrix. In Love & Marriage, we’re fortunate enough to see the Matrix influence in everything from the cinematography to the costumes. One particular scene, which I won’t spoil here, features a spectacular fight scene between Parker’s character and Pattinson’s. The two ladies duke it out in a beautifully choreographed, action-packed sequence that pays homage to The Matrix. It’s a sight to behold and one I wasn’t sure would ever be matched in a romantic comedy.
An Exciting Experience
Aside from having one of the most recognizable icons of the last 25 years as your leading man, what’s more is that this is the director’s first feature-length romantic comedy. There are numerous factors that could be seen as contributing to the film’s success, but I think what makes it so special is that it’s an exciting experience for both the audience and, more importantly, for the performers. We’re given the opportunity to see these two iconic figures work through their issues and find common ground, something that I think moviegoers have been thirsting for in rom-coms ever since Will & Grace.
A Film That Is As Immersive As It Is Funny
One of the most exciting aspects of the Love & Marriage promotional tour was getting to participate in immersive storytelling. The press junket for the film was a revelation, and I think it’s because the Wachowskis, who collaborated with the talented Matt Reeves on the script, designed the story arcs and character motivations with great care. The result is a work of art that weaves a beautifully crafted tale filled with memorable scenes and performances from two Hollywood giants.