Sitting with a cup of coffee on the edge of my bed, I look out the window at the azure sky. In these trying times, all of us are looking for our own ways of comfort, a little something that will bring us hope, satisfaction and joy.
As my half-eaten slice of chocolate cake rests untouched on the coffee table, I turn on my laptop and explore the folders for that one movie that might put my uneasy mind at rest. Sometimes, it is possible to gain comfort and happiness from the things we watch. As my search continued, I stumbled upon many. So I ended up making a list of feel-good movies that might cheer us up during these difficult times.
10 Things I Hate About You
If you are a fan of romantic comedies, this should be at the top of your list. A classic teenage rom-com, 10 Things I Hate About You has a delightful way of portraying high-school romance. With stars such as Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the movie tells the story of two sisters (Bianca and Kate) whose overbearing father forbids them to date. In order to get around the situation, Bianca hatches a plan to hire someone to take her feminist elder sister out. If that works out, then there’s a chance for her to date. Based loosely on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the plot unfolds beautifully and might even make you spill a few tears of joy in the end.
Legally Blonde features Elle Woods, a stylish sorority queen who decides to join law school to win back her ex. Superbly portrayed by Reese Witherspoon, the movie takes us on a journey of a blonde who realizes that there is more to looks and that wit paired with beauty makes an inimitable combination.
Me Before You
The book or the movie? This is a question that has bemused us all for a long time now. Well, for me its mostly the book, unless its one of those rare occasions when the movie’s as good. In this case it is. A beautiful movie that portrays an unlikely love story between a caregiver (Emilia Clarke) and a handsome wheelchair-bound young banker (Sam Claflin) who has lost his interest to live, Me Before You has delighted many. Inspiring and light-hearted, the movie shows the other side of hope and sorrow.
So much has been said about this movie that there’s hardly much left to say. All I can tell is, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!” That is probably what the central character Forrest had to say. Moving and inspiring, this movie makes you think that a lot of things is possible in life if you work hard and just believe.
Five Feet Apart
This 2019 movie can capture your heart. With Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson as the leads, Five Feet Apart tells the story of a pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis who meet in a hospital and fall in love. There is a hitch though, they have to avoid physical contact with each other. With beautiful tracks and great performances, the movie will capture your heart through its portrayal of life, love and positivity.
The Princess Diaries
Another teen favourite, Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews make a stunning grandmother-granddaughter pair who take the screen by storm and delight us with their dialogues as the movie depicts the journey of a high-school teenager who suddenly finds out that she is the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia.
50 First Dates
If you are up for some comedy, romance and drama, then this is the one. That is, if you haven’t watched it already. A stunning plot portrayed beautifully by Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, it’s a movie worth spending time for. A classical boy meets girl story where the characters Henry and Lucy hit it off really well only to find out that Lucy has short-term memory loss and forgets Henry the next day.
She’s the Man
When her brother decides to leave for a couple of weeks, Viola ventures to his boarding school, disguised as him and decides to fill his place. As days pass, she falls for her brother’s roommate while avoiding getting caught by everyone who still thinks she’s just a guy. Based loosely on another Shakespearean play, this movie is a light watch for anyone looking for some entertainment.
An animated adaptation of a classic fairytale, Tangled makes you laugh and cry till the end. As the magically long-haired Rapunzel spends her days locked up in a tower, she dreams of becoming free one day. And her dreams come true too, as a runaway thief comes across and she finally leaves the tower to explore the world and herself.
Funny, practical and not-so-romantic, The Proposal shows the story of an ambitious, driven boss who compels her young assistant to marry her in order to avoid her deportation to Canada. A witty scheme along with a happy ending, the movie entertains with classic performances by Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.