Words by Naomi Jeffreys
“A love of the precisely observed moment.” – Meg Ryan
“The film captured the real essence of romantic comedy: that people in love share language, they share rhythm, even though they’re so different.”
Meg Ryan, an actor who is perhaps best known for her role in romantic comedies, from ‘When Harry Met Sally’ to ‘You’ve Got Mail’, Meg Ryan was perhaps the face of the romantic comedy genre for a while in Hollywood.
Since those golden days, the romantic comedy genre has been gaining a bad name. Namely because of the films which starred our favourite ‘Friend’, Jennifer Aniston. She starred in many a run of the mill romantic comedy, from ‘The Bounty Hunter’ to ‘The Switch’, Aniston proved that not every romantic comedy was a sure fire hit.
The problem was, that those romantic comedies didn’t have a heart, they felt tired, old news, they simply re hashed a genre which was once so great.
Now, you mustn’t assume that the demise of the romantic comedy genre is down to one actor that would be unfair. But, the genre has changed from its early days. In Nora Ephron’s days.
If you haven’t heard of Nora Ephron, then you most certainly will by the end of this issue. A writer, producer and director of some of the greatest romantic comedies of the eighties and nineties, she was a celebrated Auteur and produced some brilliant films.
She single handedly formed the careers of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Again, two on screen stars who seem destined to be together in Ephron’s films. Meg Ryan, even now, is still associated with the romantic comedy genre.
Whether you love them, or hate them. There is easiness about a rom-com, watchablity and at the same time, there is an impossibility. In this issue we will be reliving this wonderful genre, and celebrating the woman who effectively created the genre, Nora Ephron. And the subsequent films which were inspired by this filmmaker.