Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thursday Movie Picks Meme: Movies About Young Love

This week, the theme for Wanderer's Thursday Movie Picks Meme is movies about young love. This was a tricky one since it's not a subject I'm that familiar with and I didn't want to just jump straight to the obvious choice (any film version of Romeo and Juliet). The first was a bit of a stretch but I've still managed to find three movies that should fit the criteria for this week. Even better is that for once I've actually managed to release this one on a Thursday.

So here is my questionable list. As usual I've listed them by year of release:

Lolita (1962)

How Stanley Kubrick managed to complete this extremely controversial movie based on an even more controversial book (and get James Mason of all people in the lead role) I'll never know. Even the film's trailer can't figure it out. Essentially, it's the story of a middle-aged professor who while staying at a boarding house with a middle-aged single mother finds himself attracted to her fourteen-year-old daughter. What starts off as him being a suitable father figure quickly takes a downward spiral as Mason becomes increasingly obsessed with Lolita, leading to a twisted affair that will change their lives forever.

Hugo (2011)

Okay, technically this film is really about the story one of the most significant pioneers in early cinema, but even so that story is still told through the framework of a love story between two young children: Hugo and Isabelle. The two of them go on "adventures" together which consist of mischief performed at the real-life Gare Montparnasse Station in France. Both quickly become friends from the moment they meet and bond increasingly over a common admiration for the imagination of early cinema.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

We Anderson's quirky little comedy brings the touching story of two adolescents who face love at first sight. Both are social outcasts (albeit in very different ways) from different backgrounds who feel they are not wanted and so decide to run away together, which in turn affects the whole rest of the town. Lots of strange shenanigans ensue as they do everything they can to avoid being separated all while a violent hurricane is coming.


  1. Of the titles you chose, I've only seen Hugo which was really good. I think I've also seen Stanley Kubrick's Lolita but it's been so long that I don't remember much about it, I'll have to revisit it one of these days. Nice list.

    1. Lolita is a very interesting movie, and a pretty messed up one too, even for Kubrick.

  2. I loved Lolita and felt it was quite the shock for that time period (can't help but think of Charlie Chaplin..oh well). I love Hugo and need to have this in my film collection and Moonrise Kingdom was typical Wes Anderson....I wish they would smile more:) I thought of any Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland film or even Andy Hardy.

  3. I really didn't care for Hugo when I first saw it.. Maybe i should give it a rewatch sometime. That being said, Moonrise Kingdom is one of my absolute favourite films, so good choice!

  4. :) usually you post earlier than the Thursday right.
    Actually I don't think Lolita quite fits with the theme as Humbert is a middle age man lusting after a young girl. But good picks with Moonrise Kingdom and Hugo. Hugo actually completely slipped my mind.
    Wandering through the Shelves

    1. Usually yes, so it was exciting to get it on the right day for once.

      Herbert might be a middle aged man, but Lolita herself is certainly about the right age. You never said that both partners had to be at a pre-highschool age.