What’s Love Got to Do with It – A New Era for the British Romcom

As sad as it is to say, the glory days of the British romcom may be behind us. The Golden Age of the nineties, coronated by Richard Curtis and crowned by Hugh Grant’s floppy hair, gave way to an arguably equal silver age in the noughties, with classics like Love Actually, About a Boy and The Holiday still delighting audiences today. 

But what of the 2010s? A surprising dip in the production of British romcoms seemed to occur here, replaced with the rise of mega budget superhero movies and American Netflix offerings. However, as we find ourselves a few years into the still-futuristic sounding 2020s, the tide seems to be turning – from the cheeky Good Luck to You, Leo Grande to even period romcoms like Emma, it seems like the demand for British romcoms is finally being met again.

What’s Love Got to Do with It follows this trend – starring new romcom darling Lily James opposite British TV mainstay Shazad Latif, this breath of fresh air offers up a heart-warming comedy of cultural differences and the budding romance between childhood friends. Centred on James as a filmmaker documenting her friend’s arranged marriage to a woman from Pakistan, this is a light-hearted look at a modern love story, backed up by writer Jemima Khan’s own experiences in marrying the former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan.

The heyday of the British romcom may be gone, but we could be in the midst of a new era – and with Emma Thompson co-starring in half of the output, including this release, we should be in safe hands.

What's Love Got To Do With It? is showing 24th - 30th March

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