My Top 5 Movie Duo
A famous poet once said, “It takes two to make everything right!” That poet was Rob Base, and he definitely had a point. In memorable movie – duos stay implanted in our mental Rolodex until the day we turn to ashes. Some of these iconic twosomes made movie magic happen simply with their unique symmetry, which jumped off the screen and embraced us like a group hug. Here are some of my top 5 movie duos – double ditching in my mental movie memories.
5) Danny Glover and Mel Gibson
The Lethal Weapon franchises were all the rage – in the time of, long hair sprayed locks and keyboard abused movie scores, we liked to call the late eighties. Widower Martin Riggs (Mel) a Los Angeles police officer was on the brink of a break-down, so he got reassigned to the cool, calm collected, senior officer Roger Murtaugh (Danny). The two immediately clashed – the young crazy cop with the grizzled veteran who had seen everything and scoffed at his new partner’s manic ways. The two eventually formed a bond, taking on the dangerous, LA crime scene together – like Paul McCarthy and Stevie Wonder on steroid.
4) Paul Newman and Robert Redford
Classic alert: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids has stood the test of time. If you have not seen this movie, then you cannot call yourself a cinephile. Which is okay. A Cinephile is a title one must earn. Paul Newman was the loveable Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford played the ever dangerous Sundance Kid. Their chemistry on screen was electric, as if they were both birthed to meet and play these roles. They were the leaders of the Hole in the Wood gang. These outlaws loved to rob trains. They robbed a few too many, and a pose formed to bring them to justice. They escaped to Bolivia and well nothing ever ends happily in Bolivia. That’s not real. I made it up. Paul and Robert will steal your movie imaginations.
3) Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon
Thelma and Louis is the ultimate girl power movie, and these two made an unstoppable pair that spawned girl trips to Mexico until this very day. Thelma (Geena) and Louis (Sue) planned a fishing trip (I know but stay with me) but the trip was cut short when they took the life of a man during an attempted rape. They decided the best course of action was fleeing south of the boarder – Mexico, that is. They discovered a young Brad Pitt and Thelma fell head over heels. Who wouldn’t! The ladies were pursued by Harvey Keitel, who reluctantly must bring them to justice, but warned them to give up before it was too late. The all-time best gal pal flick.
2) Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew
The piolets of the Millennium Falcon, have been flying together through the Galaxies as the best Human/Wookie coupling of all time. They were a thorn to the dark side, ever since meeting his girlfriend Princess Lea and her rebellious friends. From Endor, Hoth, and even the Death Stars, these two helped the Rebel Alliance beat back the Evil Empire, led by the deep voiced Darth Vader. Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew were the underdogs of the Hollywood buddy movie genre, not anymore, my friends. I am here to give them their second place flowers.
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd
Yes! We are putting the band back together! The Blues Brothers – in my humble opinion, is the best Film duo ever put together. Jake (John) and Elwood (Dan) are the Blues Brothers, who at one time were the leaders of a Chicago Rhythm and Blues band. Jake just got paroled and they received a sign. They had to put the band back together, because they had on a mission from God to save an orphanage, where they both were raised. The comedic situations the two of them get into are hilariously wild, and just when you think it can’t get any worse.