More than my love for a good love story it is something else that I love more. This something else being friendship. Often seen secondary to romance and family, it is friendship that I feel is more genuine than the rest. With no expectations involved in terms of future security and possibly family together, it is the kind of relationship that based solely on love. There are no external elements which play a huge part in romantic and family life like living up to expectations, providing for a future, physical attraction or making people proud among others. Of course, here we are actually talking about real friends not the ones on your facebook page.
But unfortunately it is the one relationship that is discarded at the slightest of the possibility of a romance or just the pains of a family life. Yet they are supposed to be these constant fixtures in life who will take you in despite the number of times you cancel on them for some guy or girl. Probably that is what makes it special.
There are not many films that are made on this theme (primarily) but the few that do make the effort always find its audience. Sure you can screw up a romantic love story, a romantic drama, a family drama but it is very hard to screw up a friendship. With almost no guidelines to shape or control the relationship, it is one of the few things in the world that remains unpolluted. Watch Ron risk his life for Harry for absolutely no reason whatsoever (in the Harry Potter series) and if you don’t feel a twinge in your heart then you are just a robot. Watch Chuckie telling Will (in Good Will Hunting) to leave him for a better life and you know that you will not hear a more selfless sentence. And my favourite is the when Peter and Sydney proclaim their love for each other at Peter’s wedding (I love you, Man) and though it is supposed to be ironically humorous I wish more friends said the words ‘I love you’ to each other. Why not I ask?
Some of my favourite films about friendships, in case you want to check out:
· Good Will Hunting (1997)
· Pineapple Express (2008)
· I love you, Man (2009)
· Shaun of the Dead (2004)
· Harry Potter series (2001-11)
· E.T. (1982)
· Sholay (1975)
· Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)
· Stand By Me (1986)