Hello my lovelies, it’s that time again for our next Movie Monday and this week I chose one of my all-time favorites: Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, and John Lynch. I discovered this cinematic gem at a friend’s sixteenth birthday party like seven or eight years ago and instantly fell in love with its bittersweet romantic story. This led to the long, arduous search to find and own the DVD for myself (which I finally found in Target last year). It has since become a staple in my romantic movie marathon selections. Now I admit, I was reluctant to watch this film at first considering no one could really give me a description that made any sense at the time (having not seen the movie) or sounded any good anyway, but considering it was not my party, I promptly sat down and expected to be bored out of my mind. Thankfully that was not the case. Sliding Doors has everything I like in a movie: great characters, good/original plot, humor, romance, deception, a dash of paranormal (?) drama, an awesome soundtrack, and it’s set in London! I mean really what more could you ask for?!
Now having already said that none of my friends could give me a good description of the movie (for fear of giving away the plot), I am now faced with the same dilemma. How on earth am I going to sell you guys on a movie that is somewhat hard to describe without giving certain things away? Well, that’s just it, I can’t…I’m going to have to tell you a bit about it, although in all honesty I think I’m just making it a lot easier on you when you go to watch the movie yourself. So, spoilers ahead! If you want to be 100 % surprised and probably a bit confused when you watch the movie, skip the next paragraph!
Sliding Doors explores the wonders of life’s biggest question: What if? What if London PR agent Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) caught the train that was to take her home early? What if she didn’t? How different would life be by simply being seconds too late to catch the train home? Enter the magic of Sliding Doors, as we follow two separate Helen’s in parallel universes who by catching and not catching the train end up with two very different (although strangely similar) lives. In one life there’s the man she loves and has been with for years, and in the other there is a stranger who could quite possibly be the man of her dreams. A film filled with the pains and joys of love, betrayal, and truth, Sliding Doors is a comfort to those who think they’ve missed the train in their life. Remember: no matter what, fate finds a way!
Now I hope I didn’t give too much away for you guys, but I do hope you check out Sliding Doors! And if you do, let me know what you thought. And for those who have already seen it, what did you think, did you like this quirky romance or was it not your cup of tea? And while Gwyneth has always been a favorite actress of mine (Shakespeare in Love!), I was pleasantly surprised to discover that John Hannah made a great leading man, as before this movie, he was always goofy Jonathon from the Mummy films in my mind. And although I love that character, it made it really hard for me to think of him as a leading man in a romantic film…until I watched Sliding Doors that is! Was it the same for you guys?