Welcome to 50 first times; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate films that I’VE NEVER SEEN. I aim to work my way through 50 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.

This collection of posts is a follow-up to 90 from the ’90s. However, while I previously focused on films from the 1990s, this time around I’m widening the field to cover any movie from any decade.

I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Today I’m watching…

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Yep, it is true – I have never watched When Harry Met Sally.

I’m aware that it is considered ‘a classic’ but I’ve never been too bothered about watching this movie before today. I really like Billy Crystal – one of the leads in When Harry Met Sally – but I am not a fan of Meg Ryan – the other lead.

I have had the opportunity to watch this movie a number of times in the past, but I’ve not felt the need. Today feels like the right day to give it a go.

*Clicks play*

Observations:

Meg Ryan claims she has had plenty of good sex. I don’t believe her. Not with that hair.

Ryan is a picky eater (and is also quite irritating). This is not helping to change my opinion of her.

Why is Billy Crystal so interested in Meg Ryan? I appreciate that it could be just me – I clearly do not care for Ryan as an actress – but what about her character is appealing? What?!

Additional observations:

It Had to Be You. Carrie Fisher. The sex fantasy. Autumn leaves. The fake orgasm scene.

“I’ll have what she’s having.”

Image: ©Columbia Pictures

Because of how loud Meg Ryan is during the fake orgasm scene, I just had to turn the volume down on my TV! What must the neighbours think?! I won’t be able to look them in the eyes ever again.

More observations:

The countless segments where old couples talk about their relationship/how they met etc, is good. I like this. More of this please. And less of Harry and Sally having sex.

*Clicks stop*

Conclusion:

Yeah… it was alright, I guess. When Harry Met Sally is certainly an easy-to-watch movie, and I get why some people like it, but personally I didn’t find it very engaging.

I really liked the soundtrack and the cosy feel of the New York setting (it’s beautifully shot), but I simply didn’t buy the ‘romance’ between the two leads. This was purely a relationship of coincidence and nothing more – there was no chemistry.

Not a film for me I’m afraid. It’s taken me 30 years to watch When Harry Met Sally but this was a one-time only deal.

Shin Godzilla (2016)Road House (1989), What We Do in the Shadows (2014) and now When Harry Met Sally – my journey through 50 unseen movies continues. What is next?