Hollywood has come a long way in breaking from the molds of the storytelling conventions strictly imposed upon them in the Golden Age.
You would think that with all the diverse possibilities of stories to tell, just a few less movies out there would be obliged to go the romantic route between its two main characters. As Todd van der Werff pointed out in this article making the case for more friendships and less romances on TV:
"The world isn’t full of potential romantic partners who constantly
dance around each other; it’s full of men and women who navigate
complicated friendships and find their way to happiness within those
If films are to be accurate portrayals of the different colors of life, filmdom collectively has to consider different endings to their stories. More to the point, film's lose a sense of being unpredictable if every time a man and woman make googly eyes at each other, we know where it's heading.
Case in point: Safety Not Guaranteed.
The film, about a trio of journalists who track down a store clerk who thinks he can time travel, had the makings of a good story and was without a doubt a
It's an independent film so I would have thought that these guys had
more leeway to be unconventional which is why I was baffled that they
sealed off their story with a conventional romantic ending that I don't
really think was organic of the relationship between the two main
characters on screen.
Aubrey Plaza's Darius (why do all quirky indie movies have to give
their female characters male names?) and Mark Duplass's Kenneth seemed
to me to be people with holes too big to just dive into a relationship
right away. Moreover, I think the film would have been just as
emotionally satisfying if the two arrived at a point where Darius
understood Kenneth as that would have been a long journey as is.
Despite that, the film was
punctuated with an effectively pleasant aura, the movie was interesting
and there's a lot to say about building a story around a "red herring"
that undoubtedly works.