When Netflix began unravelling its epic Christmas cinematic universe (for the most part starring Vanessa Hudgens), fans were firmly glued to their screens, with a new festive team of Avengers to root for.
Romantic comedies find themselves in a genre of film that often finds itself as the butt of the joke and Netflix’s investment in a whole saga of movies that cross dimensions and are referential to each other is worthy of attention.
This is not to dunk on more revered genres of film. We get it, we respect it, but for countless viewers, these movies offer a chance to escape the pressures and stresses of the real world and believe in a life more romantic.
“The worlds you’re invited into are often familiar, mostly grounded in reality—even if there’s a magical element at play, it’s still within the context of the ‘real world’—and inhabited by a glossier, shinier, more glamorous but still largely relatable group of people,” Anna Mohr-Pietsch, film producer with MetFilm Production and specialist tutor at MetFilm School, told Newsweek.
“You can see yourself in there somewhere, but through an aspirational lens. The aches and pains of relationships are shown in romantic technicolour, and you can experience the entire emotional arc of a relationship in 90 minutes flat.
“It can be cathartic for some, energising for others. And on a basic level, I think people have always enjoyed watching subjectively beautiful people behaving romantically towards each other and achieving the happy ending that in real life is a ridiculous notion.”
While the three identical strangers (or four if you include Brooke in The Knight Before Christmas) played by Hudgens in The Princess Switch trilogy might not immediately seem relatable, the idea of escaping our reality and getting to be someone else for a few days is something that will have crossed many people’s minds at some point.
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