It is no question we are living with constant hardships nowadays. The pandemic has hit us all in the worst possible way. It feels difficult to make sense of the current situation, the state of the world, how to act, or even know what to do. Simple questions are suddenly extremely complex to answer. Whether you are currently feeling reality is a bit too much - or you aren't even sure how to feel or make of it, here we have tried our best to choose movies to help you get through the days you might be spending in a crazy state of lockdown, or just for a few hours.
The movies we have picked is a vast selection of different types of movies - musicals, romcom, insane action movies, anime, and classics. We thought long and hard about our choices, and what a feel-good movie is. Essentially, a feel-good movie should act as a form of escapism, helping you forget whatever troubles you are experiencing.
Do you have to be in a bad place or feeling lost on your way to watch these movies? No, of course not, but that is when you need them the most. However, we recommend you put on your comfiest loungewear, grab way too much chocolate and try to restore your faith in humanity and hopefully yourself.
One of the classic movies often mentioned when feel-good movies are brought up is the timeless "Amélie". A French, colorful, and vibrant movie starring Audrey Tautou as the titular Amélie. A shy, naive girl living in the beautiful Montmartre depicts a romantic view of modern Parisian life.
Amélie has been home-schooled and develops an active imagination, enjoys small pranks, and being a little mischievous. She moves out and finds a job as a waitress at 18, but on the day of Princess Diana's death - 31st of August, 1997 - she happens to discover a metal box in her apartment, hidden away behind the wall. This small happenstance sets Amélie off on an adventure where she tries to turn the peoples' lives around her for the better with clever schemes. She takes this opportunity to help people close to her as a way to break her isolation.
The character of Amélie and her lonely, isolated life is something to relate to during a lockdown, but at the same time, it is the most charming movie you can see. The creator of the cult TV series "Pushing Daisies" which could take place in the same universe as "Amélie", with its whimsy-magic feel, explains it the best: "It's a movie that will make me cry based on kindness as opposed to sadness"
"Amélie" is just one of our picks which we think will let you escape for a few moments during this long and exhausting year. "My Neighbor Totoro" also has a wacky vibe like "Amélie", though it features an odd, but sweet and fuzzy creature. Totoro supports two kids who have moved out to the countryside with their father to be closer to their mother who is very ill and is hospitalized. The fuzzy spirit helps them in many ways and acts as a sort of escape for the children from their hardships and the reality their mother is severely ill. While Totoro and fantasy friends spend time with Mei and Satsuki, it offers them comfort. "My Neighbor Totoro" is a masterpiece of childlike optimism.
In 2017 we saw the now-acclaimed director Greta Gerwig debut as a director - Oscar-nominated for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actress - and more, "Lady Bird", follows teenager Christine McPherson in her last year of high school up to college, starring the remarkable Saoirse Ronan. With its strong cathartic ending and believable dialogue, this sure makes the list.
Love Actually, Notting Hill, Clueless, Bring it On, Forrest Gump, Little Miss Sunshine. All these are classic comfort-movies that everyone has seen and associates with the term feel-good movie. Though however, if you want to try something completely different, some people want to just see an action circus. 2015s "Mad Max: Fury Road" is just that, a post-apocalyptic fantasy movie with crazy action scenes and montages. The world has become a desert wasteland after years of war over resources. Inhabited by survivors, clans and, gangs, this time with a female lead by actress Charlize Theron and not Max Rockatansky. A not-so-fresh breath of gasoline exhaust and oil for the action scene, you can easily zone out and watch the spectacle and get high from the fumes.
Though, for some, music is the ultimate escape and gives the most comfort. Why not settle in with a musical? And not any kind of musical either, but one with the music by ABBA. Who doesn't love ABBA? The 2008 rom-com musical "Mamma Mia!" is almost like a pill when it comes to cheering someone up. Amazing music, a great cast, cameos by Björn and Benny and beautiful shots of Greek islands, it's the ultimate feel-good film. Once you finish that, double-feature it with “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”, the second of the easy-going ABBA musicals from 2018.
A second hilarious pairing of comfort and a couple of drinks is “Bridesmaids” and loveable Amy Poehler’s “Wine Country”. Friends, a little too much wine, a wedding and the beautiful Napa Valley is a perfect combination. “Bridesmaids” has a couple of scenes that is alone worth watching the whole movie for.
We feel with our picks below you will have the best thing to lean on right now. Musicals, rom-com, comedy, we know that is all you need in these trying-times and will sure make the hours a little bit easier. All you need to do is cork up a bottle of wine and fire up Netflix, HBO or Amazon Prime and hit Play.