Serendipity is one of my favorite movies, especially this time of year. John Cusak and Kate Beckinsale are wonderful in the leads as the star-crossed lovers. There are plenty of excellent performances including John Corbett as the famous Zamfir-like musician boyfriend and Jeremy Piven as Cusak’s bestfriend and Molly Shannon as Kate’s best friend.
It’s set in New York City during the Holidays so it has a special vibe for me. I always miss NYC the most during this time of year, mostly the lighting of the tree at Rock Center, the big salty pretzels and all the people watching. This is the perfect time to watch this movie, whether for the first time or to experience it all over again.
As in all great movies, music itself plays an integral role in the experience. Perfect songs are used to accentuate every pivotal scene and highlight key points in the story. Here are some of the best ones.
Waiting in Vain by Annie Lennox is a heart-wrenching tune that captures the anguish that lovers endure while waiting and hoping for their beloveds to come back to them.
The other beautiful track that is used wonderfully is “January Rain” by David Gray.
Northern Sky by Nick Drake is used at the very end of the movie during the snowfall scene.