‘Purple Hearts’ is a Movie about Love and Fear and It Got Me

Just like the rest of the world, Purple Hearts got me. And these are the moments that especially hit me hard in the heartstrings.

A good love story makes us believe that love will triumph, above all costs, conflicts, trials and tribulations. And although it’s been a while since I’ve seen a film that I could deem as one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time, Purple Hearts might be just that.

Netflix’s Purple Hearts makes us believe that love just happens — that no matter how hard you may try to run away, it will always find its way back if it’s meant to be.

The film centers around the unlikely marriage between a young singer-songwriter Cassie (Sofia Carson) and a jaded Marine Luke (Nicholas Galitzine) who agree to marry solely for military benefits. I wasn’t expecting the film to hit as many points as it would: as a statement on our society and its lack of insurance and benefits; the idea of “bro militia” and racism; the fear of falling in love; and more.

Though the film is tightly wound with some pretty powerful songs sung by Sofia Carson herself (who finds an unexpected muse in Luke for her once jaded soul), we grow with Cassie and Luke. The two once hated each other and soon grow to depend on each other, lean on each other, and be there for each other — in sickness and in health.

These are some of their best moments, in my fine opinion, that highlight their character:

Purple Hearts. Sofia Carson as Cassie in Purple Hearts. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022.

Do you play?

No, it’s just to impress guys. You impressed? [laughs] I’m a musician. It’s what I do. My band and I have been working at it for like, five years.

That’s gotta be rough.

Rough would be punching the clock at some soul-sucking job while I’m just making the rich richer. I’d rather hustle for my art any day.

Cassie, like all of us other jaded creatives, gets it. Rather than see the pursuit of music and the arts as a glorified, happy pursuit of your joy, Cassie keeps it real with us. If there’s anything this pandemic has highlighted for us all, it’s that capitalism as a whole is entirely soul-sucking.

You know you can let a guy help you and still be a feminist?

With any relationship, it’s important for people to learn to rely on the people around them. As the two begin to reconnect after Luke returns from Iraq, Cassie puts down the idea of Luke helping with anything, even for fixing a broken door knob.

Luke slowly begins to let Cassie see that it’s okay to let someone in, and doesn’t mock her for believing “the future is female.” And, as someone who has so long learned to rely on her own and deny the help of others, this moment got me.

Courtesy: Netflix

My insurance doesn’t cover the insulin that I need. To, like, live.

If this didn’t capture the raw reality and representation of chronic illness, go to the Twitter forums to tell you. Cassie’s management of her Diabetes is so incredibly raw and sincere, as the film addresses the clear problem we have within our health care system. For the 34 million people who are diagnosed with Diabetes in the US today, her desperation for fake marriage is so real.

Your heart is going crazy.

That’s because it’s scary, dammit.

As Luke goes into war, Cassie’s battle with Diabetes becomes all too real when Luke fears for the first time of losing someone he might love. When she undergoes an unexpected crash and Luke rushes to help her, Cassie lets him help her. And that feeling of love, of care, of falling… can be so damn scary.

Hey Frankie. I think Cassie Salazar’s my best friend.

This important realization is pivotal in their relationship. When Luke goes to visit the grave of his fallen friend Frankie, he realizes just how important Cassie has become to him, and we see for the first time just how emotional his bond is.

I think this is a real marriage.

Unlike most romantic movie tropes, Luke believes in love while Cassie believes it’s a recipe to pit two people against each other. We see her mindset shift as she sings and writes her new songs, but when Luke takes his final fall in their scheme, they show they don’t need anyone else to prove and know that their love is real — no matter what anyone says.

“I Hate The Way” and “I Didn’t Know” are probably my favorite songs from the film, for its lyrics say it all:

And I hate the way I say words that I laughed at before
And I hate the way my thoughts aren’t mine, now they’re yours
Look at what you’ve created, something borderline sacred
I call it overrated, go on and call me jaded
‘Cause I hate the way I say words that I laughed at before

“I Hate The Way” by Sofia Carson

I was fine before
You kissed me on the forehead
Held me ’til the mornin’
Never imagined

I didn’t, I didn’t know what love could, what love could be
Until you, until you loved my everything
The good, the bad, the in-between
I didn’t know you were something I could need
Until you, until you loved my everything
The good, the bad, the in-between
All of me

“I Didn’t Know” by Sofia Carson

Have you seen Purple Hearts? Am I wrong to love it so much?


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