Movies are the perfect form of inspiration and escapism; although some people may get bored just staring at a screen for two hours, I think it’s the best way to spend an evening. So here’s a pick of my favourite movies that I would definitely recommend to anyone…
The movie adaptation of my favourite book ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ is definitely my favourite film. Movie adaptations are often disappointing however this was so true to the book and each character was so accurate- there is also an all star cast including Dakota Fanning and Alicia Keys. The story line is so heart wrenchingly beautiful and this is the most life affirming film I’ve ever watched. It’s probably not ideal if you’re looking for something funny and light hearted, but I would definitely recommend it.
‘Spirited Away’ was created by Japanese animation power house Studio Ghibli, and although it is incredibly unusual, it’s one of the most unique and creative films I’ve seen. It follows the story of Chihiro, a young girl who becomes trapped in the world of the spirits and must work in their bath house in order to free herself and her parents. It’s such an inventive idea for a story, and although this movie terrified me as a child, I now think it’s a wonderful film. It’s colourful, creative, sad and hilarious at the same time, and is perfect for when you just want to escape everything.
The most modern remake of ‘The Parent Trap’ starring a young Lindsay Lohan is my favourite childhood movie. The idea of two identical twins swapping places and tricking their parents just seemed so hilarious to me, and it’s such a light hearted, entertaining movie. Plus the settings of London and a vineyard in California are so beautiful so this film is visually stunning as well as having a brilliant story line.
‘Silver Linings Playbook’ starring Hollywood’s favourite duo Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper is the story of Pat, whose mental health has torn apart his marriage and left him hospitalised. After he’s released he attempts to get his life back on track which is when he meets Tiffany who has her own share of problems, and eventually they rebuild their lives together. This film is both incredibly hilarious and heartbreakingly sad in places, however the acting is brilliant and the story is so life affirming- I would highly recommend it.
Based on the original novel by Patricia Highsmith, ‘Carol’ is set in the 1950s and follows the story of two women who are both in unhappy relationships. After spending time together they fall in love and choose to be together despite the prejudice against them. Never have I seen a film that more accurately portrays a same sex relationship without it just being classed as a ‘lesbian film’- it’s both a romance, a thriller, and a historical drama. The story line is so engrossing and the romance aspect is beautiful, plus Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are incredible actresses.
Finally, everyone has probably seen ‘Pitch Perfect’ by now, and theres a reason for that. This hilarious chick flick is a favourite with our generation; the casting is great (particularly Rebel Wilson) and it’s so unique to other typically ‘girly’ movies. It also has a wonderful soundtrack which makes it such a joy to watch, especially when you’re just in the mood for a funny, uplifting film with some great songs in it.
So thats it for my favourite movies. I hope you enjoyed this!