5 Films to Make You Feel Good
By Bryony Wilshaw
It’s one of those days, you’re feeling rubbish, you don’t want to get up from the sofa and why should you? We all need a day to recuperate and feel good films are just what you need to help you to do that! A great movie is the perfect form of escapism and can actually help shift your bad mood into a better one. So sit back, pour yourself a mug of hot chocolate and sink your teeth into one of my five feel good films.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet in 2001, Amelie is set in the heart of dreamy Paris. If you want escapism then this films for you. Audrey Tatou stars as a shy waitress who goes on a mission to make those around her happy. Whether it’s reconnecting a middle aged man to his childhood treasure, or helping a blind man to see the beautiful streets of Paris, Amelie’s do gooding is sure to make you feel great. For the romantics out there, the film has a happy ending as Amelie finally falls in love with erotic shop worker Nino Quincampoix. This quirky flick has all you need to shift a low mood and get you planning your next trip to Paris! Tres magnifique!
2. It’s A Wonderful Life
Okay, so this film is definitely a Christmas cracker, but it doesn’t have to be the festive period for it to make you feel good! It’s A Wonderful Life is a thought provoking and beautifully written film which really makes you think about your life and legacy. The film starts with the protagonist, George Bailey contemplating suicide. An angel named Clarence comes down to save him and shows him what life would be like in his hometown of Bedford Falls if he didn’t exist. This film is a real heart warmer with themes of gratitude and appreciation, even when life doesn’t seem to be perfect!
This film is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel ‘Matilda’. Directed and starring one of Hollywood's smallest legends Danny Devito, this family fantasy is a classic and one of my all time favourites! Matilda tells the tale of a young genius who never fit in with her genetic family. Mistreated and misunderstood, little Matilda lives a life of misery until she discovers and develops hidden powers which enrich her life for the better. Without spoiling too much, the film has a happy ending and is sure to leave you feeling inspired and jolly.
4. Mamma Mia
Tone deaf or not this film is almost certain to get you singing those classic Abba songs. Mamma Mia is fun, friendly, feel good gold! Set on the beautiful Greek island of Kalokairi, the film tells us the story of recently engaged Sophie Sheridan who is trying to find out who, out of three of her mother's exes, is her real father. This musical romantic comedy has it all, from gorgeous beaches, to toe tapping tunes. You can even witness a painful singing performance from James Bond legend Pierce Brosnan. If that doesn’t get you laughing (trust me it’s bad) then I don't know what will!
5. The Pursuit of Happyness
Based on the best selling autobiographical memoir of the same name, this film is a real tear jerker. It tells the tale of a single father Chris Garder who stops at nothing to provide for his son Christopher Jnr. The film shows the heartbreaking struggle this little family has to go through to survive each day. It’s a beautiful and moving film which again, has a rather happy ending. A must see for anyone feeling unmotivated and uninspired.