Oct 11, 2010

My TOP 5 favourite male bonds in movies

Well, the title says it all, doesn't it? Here's a list of my favourite male twosomes (platonic bonds only)! Please, feel free to protest.

5. Gay Perry & Harry (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 2005)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is quite a hilarious movie. And most of the comedy emerges from the interaction between the characters of Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. RDJ's small-time crook Harry babbles away in a pace that is quite a challenge to keep up with and Kilmer's bad ass gay detective Gay Perry rolls his eyes and tells Harry to shut the fuck up, you fucking idiot. For a little taste of that excellent team work, see the 'eight percent chance' scene, and the film's gag reel, too, because those two just crack me up.

"Look up "idiot" in the dictionary. You know what you'll find?"
"A picture of me?"
"No! The definition of the word idiot, which you fucking are!"

4. Gordie & Chris (Stand by Me, 1986)

These two might no crack me up much, but they certainly do melt my heart and make me wish I was a 12-year-old boy. (And just to be clear, that doesn't happen too often. (I mean the latter.)) Gordie and Chris, played by Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix, are so good buddies in such a profound and mature way that all you can do is envy them... and then melt away. So, whether it's about messing around with big boys' toys or opening up about your sorrows, they can always count on each other. As long as they are twelve, at least... Growing up sucks.

"I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?"

3. Holmes & Watson (Sherlock Holmes, 2009)

(Another RDJ, sorry.) Once I heard someone say that if RDJ had as good a chemistry with Rachel McAdams as he has with Jude Law, the film would've worked so much better. Haha, can't argue that. Holmes and Watson know each other very well, too well, even, and they constantly piss each other off, but still can fully rely on the other in a tough spot. And yeah, there's that slightly homoerotic vibe. That old-married-couple-ness is so much fun, really.

"You've never complained about my methods before."
"I'm not complaining. How am I complaining? When have do I ever complain about you practicing the violin at three in the morning, or your mess, your general lack of hygiene, or the fact that you steal my clothes?"

2. Merry & Pippin (The Lord of the Rings, 2001, 2002, 2003)

Of all the amazing friendships The Lord of the Rings has to offer, I chose this twosome without hesitation. Why? Because they have been friends like forever. Because they will be friends forever. Because if you separate them, they are just two lonely and lost and miserable halves. Because they are goofy and cute and adorable. Because Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd just click, and it shows. Because they appreciate the value of second breakfast. Okay?

"Are we lost?"
"I think we are."
"Shh. Gandalf's thinking."
"I'm hungry."

1. Anakin & Obi-Wan (Star Wars, 1999, 2002, 2005)

They shouldn't be number one. I mean, the way they potray this friendship in the films, and the way Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen act it, isn't always winner material. However, behind the occasional new-generation Star Wars horridness, there is a great and powerful story about a long, deep, strong bond that breaks apart under world-shattering circumstances. So that makes Anakin and Obi-Wan worth this ranking. (PS. Don't get me wrong, I like the prequels. Even I and II, kind of.)

"You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you."


Consolation prizes go to Woody & Buzz from Toy Story (1995, 1999, 2010) and Gerry/Daphne & Joe/Josephine from Some Like It Hot (1959). Sorry guys, you didn't quite make it. It was close, alright. I finalized the list before Toy Story 3, and afterwards I thought about cheating and making it a TOP 6, but I didn't. Maybe I should've. Still, Woody and Buzz are great (Woody and Andy, too!). And none of these guys would look so good on a dress as Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis did! Ewan McGregor, maybe? Anyway.

So... Who did I forget?


Harri said...

Hah, Holmes & Watson and Merry & Pippin really are great!

I almost started to write about Woody and Buzz's missing but luckily they got consolation prize. :D Timon and Bumba would have been great "couple" to list too!

Hmh...how about Fight Club's Tyler and...hmh...the main character. :D I don't think his name was ever mentioned. Or Pulp Fiction's Vincent Vega & Jules Winnfield?

Anonymous said...

Excellent list! McGregor LOOKS awesome in a skirt, well, a kilt anyway..My favorites are Redford and Newman in Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid. But Anakin and Obi-Wan are pretty close too!

Eeva said...

Harri: Yeah, leaving my favourite fictional toys out of the list wasn't easy... I almost feel guilty, like I'd betrayed them :D Timon & Bumba are awesome, too, and Tyler and... the other guy would've been a very clever choice, indeed! And thanks for reminding me... Note to self: Watch Pulp Fiction again and like it this time.

Mikaela: I think he would look great in anything. ;) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is one of the regretfuly numerous classics I haven't managed to watch yet... One of these days...

M-link / Marja said...

Great choice with Merry and Pippin as comic reliefs, but what about Sam and Frodo? That was a true bond of love, even tho' it suffered some really tough times.

Eeva said...

Marja: I know, sorry! ;D No, but seriously, Sam and Frodo's bond is really something quite unique and it's potrayed in a very beautiful way. It's just that I am a Merry & Pippin person all the way, for some reason! I like how they've grown up together and so became so unseparable, whereas Frodo and Sam's relationship was more like master/servant thing before it evolved into true friendship. Which is of course beautiful in its own way.

...Well, I'm babbling again. :D Point is, I just happen to like Merry and Pippin. (And oooooh how I need to watch LotR again...)

bubble said...

Awwws, Merry & Pippin! Numbers 4 and 1 are to my liking too.

I'd definetely add Harry & Ron, mostly because Rupert Grint is just hilarious.

Eeva said...

Hahaa, I love Rupert Grint as well! He's just captured the essence of Ron Weasley.