What is your comfort movie? I asked this question of my social media followers and received some great responses. Everything from action films like “Die Hard” to classic dramas like “Casablanca “or Sci-Fi films like “Dune” and epic awesomeness like the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. I was pleasantly surprised by the wide array of films. I really appreciate the input.
To start I found my love for movies by watching a litany of films with my mom who was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis and confined to our home for a good portion of my younger years. Her tastes in film were so eclectic our library (in the thousands) had everything in it. Romantic Comedies, Dramas, Dramadies, Originals, Remakes, and every niche you can drum up. They offered her a chance not simply just to escape her problems because to be honest they were very apparent to her; they offered her a chance to feel excitement, fear, happiness, love, and hate. They offered her a chance to feel emotions not influence by pain. They offered a pathway to the human condition through someone another persons eyes. Films offered a great deal of comfort to her and now to me.
I remember “An American Tail” being my first comfort film. Who could not fall in love with “Fievel Mousekewitz”? The character made every kid yearn for an adventure. This was the first film that made me feel for the main character.
Then there is “Emperor’s New Groove”, just a silly children’s film that is so David Spade it makes me laugh every time I watch it. I would not call it great. I call it fun and sometimes fun is just what you need after a hard day.\
Nothing picks me up after a rough day than an epic blockbuster. “Iron Man”, “Dark Knight”, “Thor”, “Lord of the Rings”, “Die Hard”(the original and “Vengeance”), and of course “Ghost Busters”. I love movies that are made to make you smile. There is magic when a movie can turn your mood from depressed, stressed out or angry as all hell, to chill and joyful for at the very least a few hours.
Comfort movies are great because they don’t have to be good. They can be delightfully bad. Some people love “Sharknado” simply because it is so bad it makes fun of itself. My sister loves horror films. She introduced me to the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Friday the 13th” and she watches these films as comfort movies. In my eyes these movies are funny in her eyes they get her mind off her day and the fear simply gets the blood flowing. Who am I to argue with that?
My wife enjoys a good documentary film. Ancient Egypt is a popular topic; along with space, murder, and anything Roman or Greek. Documentary film making is such a great thing. Such an art to make the past relevant in a world filled with instant gratification. To make history exciting is a talent all its own and one this very brief history major really appreciates.
So no matter your comfort film I say to you simply enjoy them. Bask in the artistry that is film. Go to that happy place you only find so often.