The start of spring brought some welcome mild weather, but recent weeks have seen Mother Nature turn a little shy. An excellent movie can be a great way to pass a cold evening, so while we continue to wait for some of spring’s signature transformations, here are some films that both inspire and have transformation as a central component:
If you are a lover of creative genius, witty comebacks, and self-discovery- try the beloved 1997 drama Good Will Hunting (R), starring Robin Williams and Matt Damon. For historical movie fans, the 20th century American epic Forrest Gump (PG-13), is essential… It’s a lengthy movie, so snacks will be essential too! In the mood for a side-splitting comedy? Mike Nichols remake of the French comedy La Cage aux Folles (R) –The Birdcage (R)—is just the ticket.
Audiences who enjoy a female protagonist should check out some of these fun, modern classics: A League of their Own (PG), featuring a fictionalized account of the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League; Bridget Jones’s Diary (R), based on the best-selling novel by Helen Fielding; and The Devil Wears Prada (PG-13), also based on a best-selling novel (with high fashion costuming that would transform anyone’s wardrobe!).
Looking for something a little newer? You’ll find a couple of 2015 blockbusters to be refreshingly transformational. Rough and tumble Creed (PG-13), starring Michael B.Jordan, revisits the Rocky series with a story of new friendship and transcending one’s past (Sylvester Stallone also returns!). An audience favorite at Sundance 2015, Rick Famuyiwa’s intelligent and highly entertaining Dope (R) is also sure to please (especially for people excited about geek culture). Fans of 90’s hip-hop and punk music should take note, the soundtrack of Dope is curated by hit artist Pharrell, and it’s one that will definitely transform your current playlist. Speaking of hip-hop– the Ice Cube produced biopic, Straight Outta Compton (R), follows the evolution of the 80’s break-out group N.W.A. If you are unfamiliar with N.W.A’s story, it’s time to catch up… their music and meteoric rise transformed pop culture forever.
There are also some great transformational films for family movie night, and they are entertaining for all ages! Disney’s classic The Little Mermaid (G), based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, is sure to delight. Let Ratatouille (G) tickle your taste buds, with a story about a rat and a young man who both have dreams of becoming a master chef (try making your own ratatouille, Disney style). Families who love baseball will want to watch the summer fun of The Sandlot (PG), where childhood legends become reality.
There’s a lot of transformation to be had at the movies, so come check something out to tide you over until spring is finally in full bloom!