When you’ve examined the innards of every cupboard, organised your wardrobe, cleansed your chakras and reduced your cushion collection (cutthroat stuff), there’s really only one thing for it: couch potato.
Since we’re all spending the majority of our days indoors, we’re all looking for some much-needed light relief and entertainment. And, despite what you may see on Instagram, not all of us are penning the next best-seller or learning Russian.
It’s more than ok to be doing nada right now. Not every day has to be flanked with spiritual transformations and self-improvement, or the pursuit of a shredded post-lockdown-ready body. We’re allowed to just binge films, eat popcorn and weep our tiny hearts out at Bradley Cooper in his little hat and his p*ssy jeans.
From the feel-good flicks and cult classics to the tearjerkers, here’s a plethora of films to see you through every lockdown mood because if you’re anything like us, it changes every hour.
Movies to lift your spirits
Not all heroes wear capes, some of them wear chef hats and have tails.
Remy the rat certainly knows the way to our hearts is through our stomachs and this delectable treat acts as a reminder that anyone can cook – yep, even those of us who have been known to screw up beans on toast. There’s a gourmet chef in you yet and the time to experiment with your pantry is now.
The pinnacle of tear-jerking, fuzzy feels animation, Pixar’s Up is your ticket to an adventure way beyond the clouds.
The story centres around an old man named Carl who, after his wife’s death, sets out to keep his promise to her to travel to Paradise Falls in South America. After tying thousands of balloons to his home, he sets sail on his mission. However, he soon discovers he isn’t alone. It has humour, it has substance, it has a cantankerous but lovable old man. It’s the whole package. Watch it and try not to weep in the first 10 mins.
The Greatest Showman
Arguably the world’s most-loved musical, this movie is so much more than jazz hands and high notes. Hugh Jackman and his all-star cast will spark some serious joy in your life with their catchy earworms, brio and comradery. Will you be singing it for the rest of lockdown? Oh, 100%
13 Going on 30
Heart-warming and nostalgic, it’s one of the best and most rewatchable coming of age rom coms ever made. It’s iconic and it deserves to be watched 117 times.
If you’re seriously missing your girl gang and in need of the ultimate sh*ts and giggles kinda viewing, this is your movie.
The Lion King
A live-action remake of a Disney classic, made ever better by none other than Beyonce. The happy ending is always safe in Disney’s hands. PHEW.
Jam-packed with all the chart-topping ABBA hits, the sing-a-long film boasts a plethora of our favourite faces including Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski and Julie Walters. The story follows a young bride-to-be, Sophie (Seyfried), who secretly invites three men from her mother’s past to her upcoming wedding, each one with the possibility of being her father.
Movies to cure the boredom
The Lord of the Rings
You might not have the chance to binge a film franchise under normal circumstances so use this time wisely. Frodo Baggins will help you curb that cabin fever.
So engaging and suspenseful that you won’t have time to think, let alone get bored.
With a total running time of 19 hours and 40 minutes, back to back HP will keep you busy for an entire day. And what a productive day that would be. Your bullet journal will be shooketh.
Movies for when you need a good cry
P.S. I Love You
Love letters beyond the grave. Gerard Butler. Need we say more? This is the endearing love story we need right now.
A Star Is Born
Starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, a hard-drinking musician (Cooper) falls in love with an aspiring artist, Ally (Gaga). As her singing career goes from strength to strength, Jackson finds his alcoholism spiralling out of control. Cooper is as easy on the eye as ever, Gaga is sensational and the soundtrack will give you goosebumps on your goosebumps. It’s the best remake ever.
What the world needs now is a big Richard Curtis hug (from 6ft away) and a meet-cute.
At 21, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time and change what has happened in his own life but by doing so, he learns that his unusual ability has limitations that can’t protect his loved ones from the problems of ordinary life. About Time is a film about… time. It invites us to live fully in the present and to savour the little things that often go unnoticed. How very apt! No, you’re crying.
Me Before You
Young and quirky “Lou” Clark’s (Emilia Clarke) cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years ago. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined. The question is, who saves who?
The Fault In Our Stars
If you read the YA novel, you’ll know this is a story aiming straight for your tear ducts. It’s cathartic stuff. That’s all we can say on the matter before the lump in our throat gets out of hand.
Movies to feed your wanderlust
Eat Pray Love
Live vicariously through Julia Roberts as she travels across Italy, India and Bali on a soul-searching journey. What we’d give to be cycling through the rice paddies in Ubud and walking the picturesque streets of Rome right now.
Got itchy feet? Escape to the picturesque beaches of Thailand with Leonardo DiCaprio as he plays a young American backpacker searching for meaning and connection.
Midnight in Paris
Dreaming of a city break to Paris? This Woody Allen classic will transport you to the quaint streets of Montmartre and provide the perfect antidote for your pandemic worries.