It’s been all over the news and all over our site the last 24-hours, and there’s not much more to say with regards to Donald Trump being the new president-elect of the United States. So let us bring you a short respite from the drama unfolding out there, and alleviate your woes with a good old fashioned feel-good flick.
From a classic Hollywood musical, to razor-sharp comedy-dramas, these are some of the best feel-good movies out there, some of which will prove all too insightful, while others will let you switch off and forget about things for a while. We’ve decided to forgo trailers this time around in lieu of clips from the movies, for instant relief. What these films will certainly do is bring some much-needed light to the world right now.
Singin’ In the Rain (1952)
Directors: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
You know what makes things happy? Gene Kelly singing and dancing (in the rain), and anyone who tells you otherwise is a grouch who probably says things like “love sucks.” Clearly they’ve never been in real love before, and likewise never been privy to one of Kelly’s awe-inspiring tap dance numbers. Add to that the faux-security of Hollywood’s studio era (something about that fake city street seems at the same time suffocating and incredibly cozy), a ton more spectacular song-and-dance numbers, and a real-hero-is-unmasked plotline, and you’ll be grinning in no time.
Director: Jason Reitman
Talk about making the best of a potentially bad situation. Juno is both refreshingly honest (who has the energy to put on a front right now) and pragmatic in the way it deals with fallout when shit hits the fan. And you know what? Things aren’t actually that bad, they’re never as bad as they seem at first. Let Juno both entertain you for awhile, and possibly teach you some coping mechanisms on how to get through this thing called life.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Director: Richard Linklater
This movie needs no introduction, and besides being a feel-good last-day-of-the-school-year romp, where the students simply want to have their keg party and properly welcome the summer ahead, it comes with a pretty convincing co-sign from Quentin Tarantino:
“At the height of my loneliness [in Amsterdam] I went to a video store…and I rented Dazed and Confused, and I took it to my hotel room and I watched it. And all of a sudden I wasn’t lonely anymore…It’s a real hangout movie. You really get to know all the characters…you really get to know this whole community of people in the course of this film…it just goes on to a human experience. At the height of my loneliness I watched Dazed and Confused and I wasn’t lonely anymore, because I was with my friends.”
Director: Andrew Stanton
While WALL-E is a lovable film that ultimately shows us we have to have hope, it also shows us that things can get all too real before that much-needed wake-up call. Nevertheless, was there ever a Pixar movie that didn’t lift your spirits by the time the credits rolled? Climate change, consumerism, corporatism, they’re all covered. This one isn’t for everyone to watch today, but for those that refuse to switch off completely from the world’s current events, stick this on.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Directors: Jonathon Dayton, Valerie Faris
*Spoiler alert: don’t watch the video above if you haven’t seen the movie before*.
Every character in this film is us at some stage of our day/week/year/lives, or election cycle. Admittedly we’re currently bordering on Paul Dano’s silently-protesting Dwayne and Steve Carrell’s depressive Frank, but after a viewing of this (it has sunshine in the title after all) we’re hoping to be as perky as Olive during her pageant dance.
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