Chemistry isn’t the easiest thing to capture. Either you have it, or you don’t. And you can’t fake it. Some on-screen chemistry is so potent, you can feel it pouring off the screen in waves. And others are, well, the Twilight franchise. And when it works, it can elevate a film from just good to great. Case in point, the sizzle between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone somehow made The Amazing Spider-Man feel like more than just an okay superhero origins story. Those kids smoked.
But you don’t need to be knocking boots in real life (as Garfield and Stone are) to achieve that level of heat. Many of the following pairings that we can look forward to in 2013 come from sequels, but some just come from the philosophy that if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Prepare to fling your underthings.
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence: I’m in the minority, but I had a lot of issues with Silver Linings Playbook. But not s single one of those issues pertained to the thang that Cooper and Lawrence had going on. They’ll re-pair for the decidedly unromantic Serena in 2013. The subject be a downer, but don’t they look purty?
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling: Maybe Emma Stone naturally has heat with everyone. Oh yes. Even Jonah Hill. But no one is more pleased than I to see her re-team with Gosling. The two were irresistibly something in Crazy, Stupid, Love and while I expect Gangster Squad won’t be a love story for the ages, these two are going to burn it up.
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke: Bar none one of the best romantic pairings in film history is back with the third installment of this sweet and meandering love story. In my opinion, Delpy’s refreshing presence is the only thing that has ever been able to neutralize Hawke’s unmistakable eau de douche. Before Midnight opens at Sundance this month.
Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate: These two. I love them more than scotch. Rumor has it Anchorman: The Legend Continues is bringing Kristen Wiig on board, but rumor also has it that she’s there to make Steve Carrell make loud noises.
Hugh Jackman and Famke Janssen: Isn’t Jean Grey dead? Well…sure. But this is X-Men. Lit’rally anything could happen. The lovely Janssen filmed at least a small part in The Wolverine. Maybe it’s just a flashback/dream sequence, but let’s hope it’s a scantily clad one.
Bruce Willis and Mary Louise Parker: Red was surprisingly delightful and who knows if they’ll be able to recapture that unexpected mix in the sequel? But I don’t doubt for a second that Mary Louise Parker and Bruce Willis will, once again, charm the pants off everyone in the theater. Mary Louise Parker’s considerable charms have been wasted on the last few seasons “Weeds,” it’ll be such a joy to see her spark again.
Also whatever is happening here? I approve.
Nick Frost and Simon Pegg: Ah, is there any love sweeter than that between hetero-lifemates? It’s been six years since these two flirted up a storm in Hot Fuzz, and though Paul was fun enough, the third, unseen presence of Edgar Wright is needed to make the formula truly click. The World’s End doesn’t open until October. I can’t wait.
Chloe Moretz and Your Sick, Impure Thoughts: She’s still only 15, sickos. You’ll have to keep a lid on your impure thoughts this June.