Ah yes, the concept of a “comfort film” is one that’s well known to me. I have a selection of movies that I’ll pop on when I’m feeling sick, blue or otherwise blah. These magical movies transport me to other worlds and make me feel so much better.
1 A Series of Unfortunate Events
For years this has been my go-to sick day movie. When I’m home sick with a cold or a migraine this is the film I reach for. I enjoy the dry wit that runs through the film, and I always feel a bit better when I compare my lives to that of the Baudelaire orphans.
2. The Wizard of Oz
This film is one of my two all-time favourites. Nothing calms my spirits quite like popping this in the DVD player and taking a trip over the rainbow. From the moment Dorothy opens her door into the colourful land of Oz, I feel as though my troubles have melted like lemon drops and drifted away. It’s the perfect way to escape from the problems in real life.
3. The Court Jester
Any Danny Kaye movie is a great movie in my book, but the Court Jester is something really special. It’s impossible to feel sorry for yourself when you’re giggling at Danny’s sharp banter, wordplay and sensational footwork.
This Peter Pan adaptation is amazing for so many reasons. For one, it stars Robin Williams, Maggie Smith and Bob Hoskins. It’s a rollicking adventure into Neverland with so many high-energy scenes. And it’s got plenty of tear-jerking moments if you need a bit of a cry but you can’t seem to get the tears flowing. Plus I love shouting the word “Bangarang!” in celebration at regular intervals during the film.
5. The Princess Bride.
Ah, what could be more reassuring and comforting than a tale of twu wuv? This film is brimming with hope even in the most desperate of situations. And it’s jolly funny too.
What are your comfort films? I’d love to have a few new ones to add to my list, so feel free to share in the comments.