When Harry Met Sally Reviews
The first thing that struck me was how attractive Meg Ryan looks here compared to her recent plastic surgery look. She plays the strong willed and neurotic Sally well in this movie which starts in the 70's when she meets Harry while car pooling, up to current day (late 80's).
The two initially irritate each other, but after a chance meeting years later, they become friends, sharing their disappointments over the years. It doesn't take a genius to see where this movie is going.
Not trying to be awful, but I couldn't really see what Sally saw in Harry. It's a nice story of friendship and I was glad for the happy ending, but it didn't feel all that convincing.
This is a very popular movie, though, so I am willing to conclude that that could just be my opinion. Glad I saw it finally, though. Enjoyable.
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
Romantic comedies never get much respect. I actually think it is very difficult to establish the right tone in a film of this vintage. One false move and the movie will either get too silly, too mushy or too uninteresting. If anything, director Rob Reiner never loses grip of the half-serious, half-comic atmosphere needed to make this kind of movie work. Reiner (who has impressed me in more than one occasion), invades Woody Allen's territory (literally and figuratively), but he replaces Allen's neurotic view of life with genuine sentiment, social commentary and lots of humor. Nora Ephron's script is simple, but spot on; it has none of that pretentious and quirky double talk that has tainted indie films in the last decade or so. The dialogue feels real without ever smelling like meandering improvisations. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan have undeniably chemistry, and Carrie Fisher (as Ryan's best pal) almost steals the movie with a deliciously comic performance. In fact, Ryan is so good here that the poor girl has been typecast as a quirky romantic leading lady. Strong NY atmosphere helps a lot too. It's a delightfully unassuming movie.
When Harry Met Sally is a humourous and delightful movie that soars above almost all of the rom-coms of the 21st century.