Romancing the Stone plays out like one of character Joan Wilder's romance novels as there is a handsome yet rugged hero, a beautiful damsel in distress, some action, and plenty over-the-top romance. Not that I am complaining! Sometimes in life we need junk food to supplement our routine diets and the film "Romancing the Stone" definitely falls into that category. Director Robert Zemeckis (The Polar Express, Forrest Gump) has made a light film whose aim is to please both males and females with its mix of action and romance. Unlike many films which try to weave these two elements together there is no awkwardness in Zemeckis' film; it is fairly seamless. Some of the credit has to be attributed to the great onscreen chemistry of Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. They end up making 3 films together due to this chemistry. They are not only good at the romance part but they do a good job with the humour sections of the film as well. The film should be recommended based on its pure entertainment value alone but with some warning. Just remember that although junk food taste good and does not harm every once in a while, if you do eat too much it will rot your teeth!
Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner – Prizzi's Honor, The Jewel of the Nile) is a New York city writer who really has no life except the imaginary one which she lives through the characters of her romance novels. She is an attractive woman but very reserved and shy and as such leads an existence mainly within the four walls of her apartment with her cat. The only person that she really sees regularly is her editor, Gloria (Holland Taylor – Legally Blonde, The Truman Show). The excitement level in her life rises exponentially when she receives a phone call from Columbia from men who have kidnapped her sister, Elaine (Mary Ellen Trainor – Freaky Friday, Lethal Weapon 4). The kidnappers demand that she bring them a treasure map. Once she gets to Columbia is when her adventure actually begins. She is followed upon her arrival by one of the kidnappers, Ralph (Danny DeVito – L.A. Confidential, Get Shorty), who tries to make sure she is bringing them the map. Joan is put on the wrong bus by Zolo (Manuel Ojeda – star of many Spanish films), a man who seems friendly at first but is up to no good. The bus ends up crashing and Joan is stranded in the jungle. As luck would have it Joan is rescued by adventurer Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas – Wallstreet, Traffic). She agrees to pay him a fee for him to escort her through the jungles of Columbia to Cartegena where she's to turn over the map to her sister's kidnappers. Joan and Jack's adventure involves snakes, wild jeep rides, gunfights, crocodiles, and a plane full of drugs.
-Rekindling the Romance: A Look Back
-A Hidden Treasure: The Screenwriter
-Douglas, Turner and Devito: Favourite Scenes
-Michael Douglas Remembers