I flipping through the channels looking for something to watch while I did some ironing. Found a movie with an interesting title, The Princess and the Warrior. I check the info on the movie. It’s listed as a romance and the blurb is intriguing. I’m sold. The subtitles and German accents clue me in that I’m watching a foreign. (One thing I like about foreign films is that it forces me to pay attention since I don’t understand what is being said. I have to listen with my so I notice stuff that I usually miss on English language films. )
So I’m rolling through my basket to wrinkled clothes, liking the movie and waiting for the heroine and hero to hook up. It is a catergorized as a romance. And I really want the lead characters to get together because they’re my type couple. Lost, lonely people with issues and who connection on an odd level. They need each other.
The movie ends and I’m feeling like I’ve been mislead. Reading “romance” in the channel guide created certain expectations in my mind. I watched the movie, waiting for these expectations to be met.
In my opinion, the movie wasn’t a romance . It was more of a drama with romantic elements. The relationship of the main characters drove the story, but from the backseat. There were other things going on that overshadowed and influenced the development of their relationship.
I don’t feel like I’ve been wronged because I’d definitely watch it again because it’s an interesting character study. I’d even buy it (and not because of the shower shot). I’m more disappointed in the person/people who mislabeled this. I wonder how many people passed this movie over because of it’s romance label. I’m not knocking romance. I think in our zeal to put stuff in categories or genres (define ourselves/our work) that we end up short changing ourselves.
Anyway, have you had any experiences with false genre advertising? How’d you feel about it? Did you keep reading/watching? Any other comments welcome.
**Edited To Add: If you have the IFC channel, the movie’s coming on September 26 @ 9:50 am and 3:30 pm. If you watch it, let me know what you think.