With all that’s going on, feeling stressed and worried is an understatement. Luckily, there are always endless reels of classic cinema to lift our spirits. And while some people found comfort and even pleasant distraction in WellWell’s recent list of familiar pandemic-type films, lots of readers asked for WellWell’s take on just the opposite type of movie. So here it is—a list of light, good hearted and pandemic-irrelevant movies to help transport everyone to a happy place.
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
One of the greatest musicals of all time is also one of the most joyful. With an all-time soundtrack and captivating cinematic choreography, its sheer presence induces happiness. A film so effortlessly pleasant, its titular song has gone on in various other mediums through parody and homage to represent moments of happiness and bliss, all with Gene Kelly’s refrain on that glorious feeling.
Inside Out (2015)
This is a gem set mostly inside the mind of an 11-year old girl, examining the entire human range of emotions through beautiful Pixar animation. It’s creative and clever and tugs at the heartstrings while pulling the funny bone, leaving you with a heartfelt acceptance of everything you’re feeling.
What’s better than a good underdog story—and a true one at that? Miracle presents the story of the 1980 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team that pulled off one of the most incredible feats in sports history during another troubling time. The film features the classic Disney sports movie structure leaving the viewer feeling warm and inspired.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
A story that may hit home a little too hard for some who have had nothing but too many days off of late, this 80’s classic is charming, uplifting and genuinely funny. With the titular character reaching out to the audience by breaking the fourth wall, narrating every step of the plot with charisma and wit, it’s easy to escape with him for an hour and 47 minutes of sheer entertainment.
Risky Business (1983)
Here’s another story of a Ray-Ban wearing, school-ditching teenager. Risky Business features a relaxing atmosphere of glee, with a timeless underwear clad power slide that may remind you of when it was fun to be stuck at home. Not to mention when you used to be able to throw parties.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The classic that first brought color to theater screens can do the same for our quarantined minds, brightening up our isolation with ageless set pieces and enduring songs. It’s a contagiously optimistic musical fantasy that hopefully reminds everyone of how lucky they are and that, even while on lockdown, there is no place like home.
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