Romancing the Stone

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When her sister is kidnapped by thugs searching for a priceless jewel in the Colombian jungle, a romance novelist (Kathleen Turner) soon finds her own life filled with cliffhangers and danger. All alone, she sets out to rescue her sister and meets up with a handsome fortune seeker (Michael Douglas) who convinces her to beat the bandits to the essential video
Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Contact) had a hit with this 1984 comedy that f… More >>

Romancing the Stone

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  1. I have a confession to make here with this movie. When I first reviewed it I was swayed by peer pressure. I was 18, and pretty much still a teenager, so to fit in with my peers I said this movie was good when in my heart I knew it was a piece of garbage. I found the plot to be too hard to follow even if I wanted to do so, and the non-stop fast and furious cursing I began to wonder if this was for the actors/actresses to turn each other on, or not. The movie just doesn’t lay well with me, and I know it probably will never. I’m just telling you all this now because I’m almost 39, and I want to have my mind and conscious clear before the Lord. I said this was a good movie to impress people, and they haven’t even stayed in touch with me, and I haven’t stayed in touch with them, so now’s the time to start thinking for myself, and I feel that this is a trash movie.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Kathleen Turner plays romance novelist Joan Wilder, who ironically isn’t too lucky in the world of love and romance. She writes about faraway places and times, but for the most part she’s cooped up in her apartment with her cat Romeo. It’s a lonely life, until one day she discovers her sister has been kidnapped and is being held hostage in Columbia. Joan rushes over there, and in the midst of the confusion and culture shock she meets Jack T. Colten (Michael Douglas), who agrees to get her out safely in exchange for several hundred dollars worth of her travellers checks. Will Joan be able to save her sister? Will she have an adventure worthy of her novels, and more importantly, will she have a romance as worthy?

    I first heard about “Romancing the Stone” when I was browsing through the special features of the DVD of “The Librarian: Quest For The Spear”. They mentioned “Romancing the Stone”, saying it was a film similar to Indiana Jones. It sounded like the sort of film I would like. It had adventure, I love adventure films, it was set in South America, I love South America. It had a treasure to be found, it had crocodiles it had romance. Yes, it definitely sounded like a film I would enjoy.

    And I really wanted to like it too, I really did. It seemed like my type of film and I gave it every chance I could. Even though the imaginary wild western start put me off, I kept watching, hoping it would get better. Even though I didn’t feel for the heroine, or the rough and tumble adventuring hero, I kept watching, hoping I might soon, maybe in a few minutes, a few scenes, maybe. Even when I was totally bored with it and wanted to turn it off I kept watching. But no, I could hardly get into this film at all. By the last forty minutes of it, I could only watch five minutes at a time, pause it, go and do something else and come back, forcing myself to finish watching. That’s how much of a chance I gave it. The only thing I liked about it, pretty much, was the very beautiful scenery and color (which is why it gets two stars instead of one from me). Everything else was dull and hard to follow.

    With the cheesy dialogue and so so plot, there were some points in the film where I thought perhaps “Romancing the Film” was trying to imitate a certain style of B-grade cult cinema of the past, a homage or something to somthing I’d never seen that I just wasn’t understanding. I saw lots of action, but for some reason it didn’t grab me. I saw Danny DeVito as a crook but it didn’t make me laugh (and I usually always laugh at Danny DeVito’s antics). I really felt left out of the joke here. Looking at some of the glowing reviews here, I am even more confused. Did I get the same DVD as everyone else? I got the one with the crashed aeroplane full of marijuana, the devils fork, the green gemstone, and the Spanish speaking romance fans gushing praises to Joan in a usually mean village. I don’t normally criticize films so heavily in reviews like this, but I really, really, really didn’t get it at all. It’s directed by Robert Zemeckis and everything! I mean, I love the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump… but this?

    On this edition of the DVD there’s not much in the way of special features apart from an original 1984 trailer.

    I’d say to give this one a miss.

    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. If you like this movie, I strongly recommend you watch the animation movie, “The Castle of Cagliostro” (1979) by Hayao Miyazaki, who is also famous with the 2002 Oscar awarded “Spirited Away”.

    Zemeckis’s film, “The Romancing Stone” (1984), looks like a patchwork quilt sewn with a series of episodes taken from Miyazaki’s animation. You’ll find many funny or exciting scenes in Zemeckis’ film in the Castle of Cagliostro too.

    In 1980’s, a Japanese animation has not yet gained any market outside of Japan. Robert Zemeckis was a one of the great influencers in Hollywood to introduce Japanese masterpieces (maybe next to George Lucas). However, in that period, directors shared videos with their friends only and didn’t think it’s neccessary to mention to public which Japanese film he based for the plot of his movie.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. Seller checked product and found that it was damaged and refunded my money immediately. Saved me the hassle of having to return it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. The Bottom Line:

    Romancing the Stone is certainly no great film and it would have been much more successful if Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas had exhibited any chemistry at all, but if you want a little light-hearted action/adventure film you probably won’t be too disappointed by this 1984 picture about a romance novelist and a soldier of fortune trying to find a precious stone.

    Rating: 3 / 5

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