Call me a hopeless romantic, but there’s something about the “butterfly” moment in a film that just does something to me. I can’t help it. When you have committed yourself to your soul mate, it can be a thrilling experience. But, I’d be lying if I told you that there wasn’t some ounce of remorse for all of the “firsts” that will never happen again. Sure, we’ll create hundreds of our own, special “firsts” in our lifetime together, but those aren’t the same as THE firsts.
Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. The first stolen glance, the first touch, the first almost-kiss…those moments that cause your heart to race, your toes to wiggle, your stomach to flutter and drop, your throat to dry, and all of the teeny tiny hairs on your spine to stand at attention, as though thousands of butterflies suddenly took to flight beneath your skin. The “butterfly” moment. Every Hollywood movie tries to create such a moment, and every once in a while one will resonate with me. I find myself having difficulty breathing and before I know it, I have fallen deeply, passionately, and profoundly in love.
So, without further ado, I give you a Top 10 Tuesday list of some of my favorite butterfly moments, in no particular order and off the top of my head. Enjoy! And feel free to share yours in the comments!
- The Great Gatsby: This one is new to the list, though there isn’t much Leo DiCaprio couldn’t do to give me goosebumps. In the new film, there is a scene where Gatsby and Daisy have stepped outside to see that the rain has stopped falling. Each of them is standing on either side of a large column. Each has placed a hand on the column as they lean against it. Their fingers touch. The air catches in both of their throats as they both glance back at their hands and then raise their gaze towards one another. That was it. I was done. Right there. Sigh.
- Titanic: “You jump, I jump.” When Jack first rescues Rose from her botched suicide attempt (please…it’s been how many years and you expect a spoiler alert?) Leave it to Leo to ruin me again.
- Shakespeare in Love: This film is chock full of those little moments. But one of my favorites, in particular, is during a rehearsal for Romeo & Ethel the Pirate’s daughter. At this point, Viola is still disguised in drag as Thomas and is portraying Romeo. The writer/director, Will, is in the wings, just out of sight of the other actors. Viola’s hand reaches just beyond the curtain as she finishes the scene with the other actors. Unbeknownst to them, Will is behind the curtain, kissing her palm. There it is.
- The Holiday: While there are probably many other scenes I could have chosen, the one that still gets me to this day is the first encounter of Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. They are sitting on the sofa, discussing the idea of whether or not a one-night stand with a virtual stranger is in order. They lean in. She has her eyes closed and is expecting to be kissed. At the last second, Jude kisses her eyelids instead. I melt.
- The Wedding Planner: After Eddie and Mary have bumped into Mary’s ex, and she has drank herself into oblivion, Eddie takes her back to her place and roasts marshmallows over a candle. He assures her that the ex’s new wife is the “poor man’s Mary” and then leaves. Moments later, he returns, against all better judgement (since he is currently engaged to another woman) and puts it all on the line, confessing his feelings for Mary. “I know every fleck of gold in your eyes…” And…butterflies.
- Love Actually: This film is one giant butterfly moment. From “It’s the saddest part of my day, leaving you” to “It’s a self-preservation thing, you see.” Such a beautiful film that showcases all of the many faces and stages of love. But the one moment that shines above all others….”To me, you are perfect.”
- The Notebook: Again, a film chock full of butterfly moments. So in addition to the many times and ways Noah stares at Ally, let’s go with the rainy scene on the dock. “It still isn’t over!” Sweet jeebus.
- Drive: Ryan Gosling and Leo are superb at making me melt. Again, Ryan is a master of speaking volumes with only his eyes. But the kiss in the elevator. Oh mylanta!
- Moulin Rouge: Every time Ewan McGregor’s eyes tear up, I melt. When he smiles, I melt. I just can’t even. There are so many stolen moments in this film. So many glances, smiles, almost touches and real touches. But when he reaches his limit and shouts at the Duke, “Because she doesn’t love you!!…Him…she doesn’t love…him.” My heart shattered.
- Pride & Prejudice: For the case of this blog, I am referencing the movie version from 2005, starring Keira Knightly. For every time Mark Darcy catches his breath, loses the ability to speak coherently, has a muscle twitch, or the need to flex his hand because he almost touches Elizabeth, your passion and anxiety just builds. Until finally, as he crosses the foggy moors at dawn to see her. And he tells Elizabeth “You have bewitched me body and soul. And I luh…luh…I..I love you.” There aren’t words to describe how that makes me feel.
I’m sure there are hundreds of other goosebump and butterfly filled movie moments to make us get all twitterpated like the animals in Bambie. So, again, I encourage you to comment and share your favorite scenes full of first glances, touches, kisses, and so on. What floats your boat?