Can a movie from 2009 hold up in 2023?
I recently did a re-watch of The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. It was released in 2009, and the real question is… Can a movie over a decade plus old hold up to the trends of the current years?
The answer is yes. Granted there are some nuances in technology that shows the age of the movie it holds up without question. Sandra Bullock plays Margaret Tate, a strong and independent boss in the publishing industry. She is a ball buster who takes no crap from anyone. But at what cost. Ryan Reynolds plays her assistant Andrew, who knows her better than she knows herself. What she needs before she asks. Until she is threatened with deportation. Margaret is Canadian and missed her visa renewal deadline… so now she needs to figure things out.
The Proposal gives me everything I want and need in romance.
What follows is a hilarious fake engagement, enemies to lovers, close proximity romance. The two of them head to Alaska for Andrew’s grandmother’s birthday. There is a great supporting cast who question the relationship, but there are some that support it as well. Each interaction with Margaret with the family is compelling. The negative interactions as well as the positive.
Reynolds and Bullock have amazing on screen chemistry that draws you into the movie. It has the perfect blend of humor and humble. Emotion and excitement. These two actors create a solid foundation of humor and focus and their relationship is believable as it progresses from basic enemies to two people who can’t live without the other. If you love a romance book, then the proposal is a movie not to miss.
Side note… there is a feisty grandmother that I can’t get enough of.
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