Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Five Days of Christmas Films | When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Recently I've created a few traditions for myself around the week before Christmas. Whether it's watch The X-Files Christmas episode ('How The Ghosts Stole Christmas') or pumping out the holiday tunes; I use anything and everything to accentuate my already high octane excitement for Christmas. 

This year, I seem to be more excited than ever. Whether it's from buying my own presents for family and wrapping them (badly) myself, or I can't wait to see everyone get together over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, I haven't been this excited since I was a kid. Therefore, the week before Christmas seems to be going incredibly slow for me this year. Luckily I've got some overtime at work this week to make it go quicker, but other than that I am slowly dying from excitement. 

So, I thought I'd create a new tradition: Five Days of Christmas Films. It was going to be shared alongside television and music, but film is what I associate most with the holidays. Therefore, I'm going to share my favourite Christmas films over the next 5 days with you guys, and why I love them so much. 

Not essentially a Christmas film, I always find myself watching When Harry Met Sally. The film follows Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) through the seasons - and subsequent years - showcasing the different levels of their growing relationship. The film tends to focus on more so on autumn and winter, making it the perfect film to watch in the run up to Christmas. 

Not only that, When Harry Met Sally is one of my favourite films, period. With the comedic-prowess of director Rob Reiner, alongside the undeniable and believable chemistry between Ryan and Crystal, and Nora Ephron's fantastic screenplay. The film navigates the realistic depiction of relationships in adulthood, especially that of a man and a woman being best friends without wanting (or having) sex. 

When Harry Met Sally is probably my favourite screenplay in film. I can't think of any others that encapsulate the sheer amount of dialogue between Harry and Sally. The majority of the film is made up of conversations between Harry and Sally, which you don't realise due to the talent and realism set between Ryan and Crystal. The film is soley about the relationship between the two - and those around them - and no one else within New York; not even their immediate families. 

Below is my favourite scene in the film. The scene showcases everything mentioned above, and makes me bust out laughing every single time I watch it. 

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