I fell off the “No YouTube” wagon hard this morning, but my shame is your game! I found two great videos that capture that thrilling, fizzy bit of fictional love, all condensed down into a short dose that you can watch while you have a nice cup of soothing beverage.
You may remember the anime clip of “Helpless” from Hamilton that I introduced last fall. (Sadly, the user has closed their YouTube account, and I can’t find it anymore.) However, I found a whole slew of other versions this morning. Artists *love* Hamilton, and a lot of them are doing animatics (which are either primitive animation or elaborate moving story boards, depending on your point of view and the clip in question) that allow people to draw and share their own visions of the popular musical. Here’s a new one from Szin on YouTube (4:09). Lots of blushing and twirling around as Alexander courts Eliza and wins her hand.
If you prefer your fictional romance with a little more live action, here’s a wonderful skit that Anne Hathaway and James Corden performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden (April 20, 2017; 5:28). If there’s any irony, you have to dig it out yourself. What they do here is distill the typical rom com film down to the key plot points, and they’ve chosen to sing little snippets of songs that perfectly reinforce each turn and twist. It’s all there: establishing shot of heroine alone, the cute meet, the big fall, the major problem, the dark night, the flight from love, and the chase that ends in reconciliation. Lots of lingering looks and more twirling around. (-: For me, it’s not a romance unless it puts my head into a whirl.
One think I really love about James Corden is that he’s not ashamed to be an old softie. He gladly embraces the happiness and the little pains, and encourages the rest of us to not be so hard and condescending.
I hope you enjoy the videos. May Day is around the corner, and in that certain temperate zone in the northern hemisphere, that means romance is in the air – the flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing and the May Poles (at least symbolically) are popping up. Let your heart turn light with a little spring fancy this week. I certainly intend to!