Let’s be real, we all have movies that we put on when we’re sad, worried or just in a bad mood that we watch without really thinking about. I thought I’d write a quick post about five of my comfort movies in no particular order. These are just movies that I can stick on whenever I need to that usually make me feel better.
Rugrats in Paris (Stig Bergqvist, 2000)
My Grandad had been feeling ill for a few months then was admitted to hospital where within just a couple of weeks he deteriorated so badly that he was put on end of life care. He’d been on this care a few days when on Friday night at about 2AM my Mom got a call. I was only just getting into bed so I came out onto the landing and asked what was going on knowing full well what the answer was going to be. She said she wasn’t sure but her and my step-dad had been asked to come to the hospital straightaway.
We both knew what the news was going to be and she asked if she wanted me to wait until the morning or if she should text me. I asked her to text me and she set off. The hospital wasn’t our local one, it was a good forty-five minute drive or longer and I knew it would be a while before I heard off her. So I opened Netflix and put on this movie.
I’ll be honest it didn’t bring me much comfort but it was background noise and it was playing when I received the text that my Grandad had passed away. Once I knew I switched it off and went to bed. There was no point in staying up any later.
But this film has been there for me plenty of other times. It’s one of my favourites to put on if I’ve got the house to myself and I’m feeling a bit creeped out. This is lame but it always makes me cry – the bit where Chuckie’s looking out the window of the plane and missing his Mom, the bit where he runs into the church yelling ‘NO’ ‘cos he doesn’t want his Dad to marry Coco, WHEN HE GETS THE MOM HE WANTED AT THE END OF THE FILM, it’s honestly just nothing but tears from me. I hope Netflix never take this movie off because it’s one of them that I’ll always watch when I’m upset.
Into The Woods (Rob Marshall, 2014)
I loved Into The Woods from the moment I first saw it. Interestingly I didn’t see a trailer or anything for this movie but went along because I saw it listed on Chris Pine’s iMDB page and I’m a massive Chris Pine fan. Normally I can’t stand films where there’s not much speaking and it’s mostly singing – I do love musicals but I like at least a 50/50 of singing and talking with preferably more talking than singing. Into The Woods is my exception. I ended up going back to the cinema and seeing it six times.
My brother has severe autism and occasionally I do my Mom a favour and cover annual leave for his carers and look after him. A few times I’ve had to sleep overnight starting when I was about eighteen. At first I was too scared to go up to the carers room and get into bed so I used to put a film on downstairs and try to sleep on the sofa. One night I tried putting this film on as background noise and it worked wonders. It’s just a comforting film despite the dark themes.
I’m older now and not as scared so I do just switch all the lights off and go to bed at my brothers house, and at home when my parents are away but this film does still bring me comfort if I’m home alone and feeling a bit nervous. I don’t particularly like any silence when I’m at home by myself so this is a good film to have on in the background so I can singalong and not feel so worried anymore.
My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
I didn’t really like this film when I first saw it because I didn’t see the point of it. I thought it was sweet but it wasn’t a film I particularly wanted to see again. I’m not sure what changed but I’m pretty sure this is now my favourite Ghibli film. I love Totoro so much!
I prefer watching it in English but have seen the Japanese version too – I don’t have an issue with reading subtitles but when you’re floating in and out of the movie it’s better to have it on in a language you actually understand. Most Ghibli films are like this but it’s just a relaxing film with a nice ending.
FUN FACT I got to go to the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo which was super fun – unfortunately we went on our last full day in Tokyo so I was exhausted by then but it was still amazing. Which was just as well as you can’t buy tickets at the museum you have to do it a month in advance and the tickets were released at 2AM UK time and buying them was super stressful as the website kept crashing – but in the end I got them and got to go! If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo and you’re a Ghibli fan you definitely have to go to the museum.
Matilda (Danny DeVito, 1996)
I’ve loved this film ever since I was a little kid. Let’s be real, who didn’t want to have Matilda’s mind powers growing up? It sends a great message about how your parents aren’t always right just because they’re your parents and sometimes family isn’t always the best thing for you. The fact Miss Honey adopts Matilda at the end of the film and there’s no rubbish of ‘she stays with her family because family is important’ is AMAZING.
I also love the stage show because although it’s quite different it keeps the same central message and the songs are really good. I’ve seen it a few times and haven’t got bored of it yet. I just wish the tickets weren’t so expensive, I’ve only seen it from the back and I’d love to spend a bit extra to sit a bit closer.
This is another film that as I’ve seen so many times I can just put it on and it can be comforting background noise, and I can tune back into it wherever I want and I’ll be able to pick up the story. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like this film and would be amazed if I ever did.
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (Gurinder Chadha, 2008)
I don’t know what it is about this film but I just love it. I don’t think I saw this one at the cinema when I was younger but I remember my friend letting me borrow her DVD and for a while I watched it every day when I returned from school until in the end I had to give it her back. They added it to Netflix and I’m not sure if it’s still on there but if it is and you haven’t seen it yet then you need to, this film is iconic.
Overall I definitely prefer the books, they are the only books that have ever made me genuinely laugh out loud but the movie is still amazing in its own right. It never fails to cheer me up and the song at the end (Ultraviolet) is an absolute bop. It’s got everything that a feel good film needs. I remember watching this in English class and the moment it finished my teacher decided she NEEDED the t-shirt that Robbie wears at the end with a picture of Angus on it so she ordered it straightaway.
So there we have it, my five comfort movies! Feel free to leave a comment with the five movies that always bring you comfort or cheer you up whenever you’re down.