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Romancing the Stone

Published October 5, 2019

Romancing the Stone

Film info

  • Title Romancing the Stone
  • Director Robert Zemeckis
  • Year 1984
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genres Adventure, Action, Romance, Comedy
  • Tagline An adventure no one could imagine... or survive

Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner star alongside Danny DeVito in this high-flying romance adventure. After her sister is kidnapped by thugs amidst their search for a priceless gem in the Colombian jungle, a romance novelist (Turner) realises that her own life is in danger! And when she sets out to rescue her sister, she meets a handsome fortune seeker (Douglas), who more than sidetracks her!

Live blog

TimeComment
0:35You’d never guess who’s done the soundtrack for this one.
3:55How do you get on a horse whilst carrying someone else like that?
6:23I can’t believe that’s Chandler’s dad!
14:49God, crocodiles are terrifying.
19:45I feel like I have an affinity with this woman and she’s supposed to be a big wimp, dammit.
22:42Pig on a bus!
28:58“That nice man that pulled a gun on you.”
32:37Mudslide is horrific!
40:43She’s quite brave! That bridge is no laughing matter.
47:13“Yea, that’s what I call a campfire.”
54:50Random llama!
1:00:13I love the twists this film is taking. The gangster loves her writing!
1:03:09“I wanted to show you this other field.”
1:06:06DeVito has weird emphasis on that. Tar-ZAN.
1:13:19Around the world and back again seems like a long way, when you’re already at home.
1:18:37It sounds like a ridiculous situation but is kinda believable. Digging for treasure, why not.
1:19:58Is kryptonite?
1:24:28Not really the time for a domestic across a rushing river.
1:31:05THAT’S what crocodile tears means? Holy moly.
1:37:45No fudging way he could climb up that wall.
1:42:45Those are some pretty dodgy boots.

Thoughts

I wasn’t sure about this one - awesome cast of course, but it wasn’t until I saw that Robert Zemeckis directed that I was really on board. I’m glad that my doubts were completely erased, because it was really good!

What I liked about it is that apart from getting her away from the guy when he was shooting at her in the beginning, she didn’t really need his help. She was the famous writer who got into the guy’s villa, she solved the puzzle of the map, she saved her sister, and she pushed the guy into the crocodiles whilst he was climbing up the wall. (It’s that kind of movie.)

It’s a good job, too, because Michael Douglas doesn’t really stand up as the big action star. He’s no Tom Cruise, and to be honest, didn’t really pull off the grumpy, reluctant, greedy but eventually heroic guy. It felt like he was trying to be Harrison Ford but it didn’t quite come off.

Still a lot of fun though, and definitely worth a watch.

Rating: 3 / 5

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