Valentines’ day is getting closer which means there will be tons of movies filled with sugary sweet love stories. If you are a fan of Romance films but not the ones we just mentioned, we think Passionflix’s latest release ‘Tangled’ will be perfect for you.
Based on the book of the same name by author Emma Chase, ‘Tangled’ is a Rom-Com about Drew a successful young NYC investment banker who falls for Katherine Brooks the new associate his father has hired. Josh Plasse plays Drew and Katherine Hughes plays Katherine (Kate) Brooks. What’s interesting about this particular story is that it’s told from the male POV. I have always enjoyed getting to read a Romance book from a male’s perspective and that’s what kept me interested in the book and then what got me excited for this film.
This isn’t the first time Passionflix has done a film that goes from the males POV (see The Matchmaker’s Playbook). It’s a Romance formula we don’t typically see often onscreen and that’s what I love about Passionflix. I was so curious to see how director Traci Hays and screenwriter Mary Pocrnic would bring Emma’s book to life and they nailed it. When I originally read the book, I wasn’t a big fan of Drew, but Josh Plasse brought something magical to the character. He made me love Drew. The way he brought out all the different facets of Drews personality from the cocky, arrogant ass to the sweet sensitive guy who doesn’t know how to deal with falling in love, he went above and beyond.
Katherine Hughes’s performance as Kate was spot on too. She was just as I imagined Kate to be. She really brought out Kates’s innocence but also her strength and vulnerability around Drew. Watching her navigate and conquer the male-dominated world of banking in all her fierceness was uplifting. Kate refused to take crap from anyone especially Drew. She was able to put him in his place when he needed it and their verbal sparring matches were some of my favorite moments. Especially the “My name is Kate” moment.
Because of the amazing chemistry between Katherine and Drew, those sparring moments didn’t come off as forced. It just flowed so naturally. It can be difficult to pull off something like that and if it isn’t done right, it can look cheesy. That amazing chemistry was even more palpable during Kate and Drews more lovey dovey moments. The steam factor between those two was also off the charts. Seriously, that scene of Kate and Drew sleeping together for the first time is now living in my head rent-free. Passionflix prides itself on showcasing female pleasure and we think that’s pretty awesome.
One of my favorite things about Tangled would have to be Drew breaking the fourth wall by talking to the audience. Josh’s delivery of every moment was perfect and timed just right. The scenes were literally laugh out loud funny and that’s no easy feat because comedic timing is everything. Not only that, but Josh also had to keep the audience’s attention because Drew breaks the fourth wall a lot. If the scenes were not captured just right, the audience would ultimately hate it every time he did it.
With films like The Hating Game, there seems to be a resurgence of the enemies-to-lovers trope and if that’s the type of film you’re looking for on this V-day, Tangled is THAT film. We thoroughly enjoyed it and we think you will too.