When it comes to cinema, there has to be a unique element that makes it standout among the myriad of other movies being released year after year. Often times it’s the cinematography or visual aspects, other times it’s the star power, but in recent years we’ve seen a bit of a different approach when it comes to movies. The idea of making the storyline relatable and relative has been at an all time high, and often this is to evoke excitement, character loyalty and investment, and emotion among viewers. This approach sounds like a no-brainer – but not quite. If you’re basing a movie off of viewers being able to relate, you obviously have to pick a side when creating it. Especially in romantic films. Who will be the hero in the movie? When your protagonist is a sappy, young, chic woman who can’t seem to get it right when it comes to love and relationships, the men in the movie will almost always be portrayed as the “villain.” Movies like this can be to blame for labels such as “chic flick,” etc. The opposition of this are movies that make women look like nags that keep men from living their best, wildest, lives. So where’s middle ground here? Where’s the relationship movie that holds both men and women accountable? The movie that caters to both men and women in a way that makes you reevaluate the stereotypes? Walk In My Shoes created by writer and director David Lloyd Marcus does just that. This movie makes you think, and it gets to the root of the conflict between men and women. The character development in the movie is extremely complex in that the characters you begin with are not the same characters you end up with. You’ll be surprised at how you connect with certain characters in one way, only to have more of an understanding for the other characters by the end of the movie. This movie finds a way to change the way most of us often view the opposite sex in a way that is complex yet so simple that it makes you wonder why you haven’t thought of it this way before. Instead of the usual (spoken or unspoken) battle of the sexes found in today’s movies it forces you to primarily look within, and then step into an empathetic state of mind that allows you to understand things from a different point of view. This movie does a brilliant job of pulling you in with stereotypes and then breaking you down before you even realize you’re seeing love, relationships (especially marriage), and the opposite sex through a different lens. -Kira Ming
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