In this day and age, can a Vampire and a human really make it work? To celebrate the release of Twilight’s Eclipse, Movies.ie looks at five of its favourite DOOMED ROMANCES
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in (500) Days of Summer
Before even seeing the film, the title told us this love was doomed. And in the opening narration that tells us “this is not a love story,” even in the words that flash onscreen (“The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you, Jenny Beckman. Bitch”). We’re under no illusion that greeting card writer Tom and his new coworker Summer will have a happy ending. Tom believes in love and labels like “the one” and Summer doesn’t. Can you love someone passionately knowing they can’t promise you forever?
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde
They were stylish. They had chemistry. but oh for their love of robbing banks. Unfortunately, the thrill of the heist would only fuel the romance for so long and the couple went down in a blaze of glory when cops finally caught them, and shot them to death. At least they looked fabulous…
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder – Edward Scissorhand
She was a fresh faced, nubile young woman with skin as soft as rose peddle; he was a leather monster with large brutal scissors for hands. Could it work? Sadly not even Johnny and Ryder’s actual relationship has lasted the test of time…
DiCaprio and Winslet – Titanic and Revolutionary Road.
A love that looked to last if not for that pesky iceberg but realistically, could the two really have overcome their class differences… We’re not so sure. The duo later returned for the Revolutionary Road. in what can be described as a far more tumultuous relationship…. This baby didn’t sink, it burst into flames and then detonated – leaving little smouldering bits of relationship all over the audience…
Ralph Fiennes and Kirsten Scott Thomas in The English Patient
You either love it, or you hate it. Beautifully filmed, with Ralph Fiennes (what is with him in these icy aristocrat roles anyway?) and Kirstin Scott Thomas as the doomed pair in the desert on the eve of World War II. Fabulous supporting cast, with Juliette Binoche getting an Oscar nod, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth, Julian Wadham, Willem Dafoe and Jurgen Purchnow.