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Monday, January 19, 2015

What I'm Streaming: In Your Eyes (2014), Netflix

What I'm Streaming: In Your Eyes (2014) Film, Netflix
Momma Told Me: True love is hard enough to believe without Vampires in the mix.

If I used the term 'Supernatural Romance' today, you might be inclined to think of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Edward and Bella (Twilight Series) or The Time Traveler's Wife (2009). Many of you may have a natural reaction to put down this article right now, to stop reading altogether. After all, even the most famous and beloved Paranormal Romance film, Ghost (1990) featured the deceased Patrick Swayze wooing his grieving girlfriend, Demi Moore. I have a hard time wrapping my head round vampires and ghosts in love- no matter how great the actors portraying the romance, it always comes off as cheesy. And that's precisely why In Your Eyes  (2014) is a refreshing twist to the Supernatural Romance genre.

Something that had previously been reserved for over-the-top romance novels and science fiction, this particular genre is used ever so cleverly on an impressively natural level. Paranormal, in this case, deals more with the exploration of the tangible bond between two people who have never met. That is to say, if you believe in the existence of soul mates you are already on board with the plot's notion that two people destined to be together could in theory sense that connection no matter their distance.
What I'm Streaming: In Your Eyes (2014) Film, Netflix
At 105 minutes, with a true cast of around 10 characters, In Your Eyes is  genuine romantic film dedicated to portraying the story and love of two people who being the film as seemingly strangers. The actors, who have had some sucess on and off screen in minor roles are brilliantly cast within the clever quirks of their own characters. Playing with the classic romantic notion of forbidden love, Rebecca is the affluent wife of a medical researcher wasting away her life at cocktail parties and fundraisers while her on screen counterpart, Dylan, is an ex-con struggling to find himself. However the true compulsion to watch comes from the unique connection these otherwise strangers discover.

It turns out both Dylan and Rebecca have in fact known each other, quite intimately, their entire lives. This discovery leads to a complicated and intense relationship between the two as they attempt to hold each-other up, despite the miles. While the tie that bonds them is a bit cheesy at some points the characters are quite endearing and the film will challenge you to smile, and even cry throughout it's ups and downs. The storytelling is shot beautifully, and it's not hard to find yourself falling in love with the characters.
What I'm Streaming: In Your Eyes (2014) Film, Netflix
One of the successes of In Your Eyes is the beautiful soundtrack (which I in fact purchased) that brings the characters and the plot through it's ups and downs. Twinbed's The Trouble I'm In is a haunting melody that so elegantly brings one of the film' most satisfying scenes to a climax while Eddie Ray's Glad I Found You helps steer one of the film's more playful scenes. The soundtrack is indeed as diverse as the emotions portrayed and the depth of each character is unmistakable as the viewer is helplessly drawn in.

I would love to suggest In Your Eyes as a Valentine's Day stream for you and your sweetie, though most cynical men will have a hard time latching on to a film that otherwise reminds me of The Notebook. Consider watching this with some girlfriends, by yourself as a guilty please, or with a teen daughter (there really is nothing graphic.) And I must add that leading man, Micheal Stahl-David is simply smoldering as the hopelessly awkward and unaware bad boy turned hero! In all, the timing for this Netflix release proved just right and I look forward to owning a physical copy soon!

What Daughter Says: Characters Rebecca and Dylan are soul mates at their best!
 


11 comments:

  1. This sounds awesome! I can't wait to learn about Rebecca and Dylan more.

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  2. You had me at Joss Whedon and Nicki Reed. This sounds like something I would love to watch.

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  3. I hadn't heard of this before. I thought I wouldn't like romances like this but loved Ghost and then more recently The Lake House.

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  4. I had not heard of this movie before!! I am gong to have look for this movie sounds like a good movie.

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  5. Sounds like a great movie. I've got to add this one to my list.

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  6. Adding to my Netflix watch list now. I'm glad I kept reading because I do admit that you had me a little scared at paranormal romance, as vampires are not my thing. I can handle when it's actual people though and I'm looking forward to watching this.

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  7. I love everything by Joss Whedon!!!! I didn't know about this one; Guess what I'm watching on Netflix tonight! Thanks!

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  8. I've been looking for some good movie or show suggestions when it comes to Netflix now that I can stream straight to my TV (my boyfriend gifted me the Google Chromecast for Christmas) so this is definitely going on the list! I do love me a good supernatural flick :)

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  9. I agree with you! I watched it a month or so ago and the actors really do pull off the romance from afar. And I really do not like her husband at all!

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  10. It certainly sounds like an intriguing movie. I've not heard of it. The hubby and I are probably going to drop our Dish and go to streaming in the near future so I suspect I'll be finding things like this to watch. I know you'll always have great recommendations!

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