Movies can evoke all sorts of feelings and emotions. Some give you that cozy, wintry, curl up in a blanket sort of feeling; while others make you want to charge out into the world and make a difference. They can thrill you, inspire you, make you happy or sad, cause you feelings of annoyance, and even make you downright mad. There's all sorts.
And so, just because I feel like being random today, I'm going to give you a few examples of movies I like (or dislike) and how they make me feel. Because, like I said, I'm sure you've all been dying to know. (Well, haven't you?)
This movie inspires me. Totally. It breaks my heart and puts it back together (and *ahem* makes me want to marry a William Wilberforce). But not only that. It inspires me to make a difference in this world. This world needs people with passion who aren't afraid to speak up. Who aren't afraid to stand for truth...for righteousness. I love this movie because it's the story of a man who didn't give up. He believed in what he was fighting for and it was more important to him than his own comfort, his own health, and his own reputation. I want to be like that, too. (And I love how full of hope this movie is. With God's help we truly can make a difference in this world.)
David Copperfield (1999)
I saw this picture online the other day and this huge wave of nostalgia hit me. That's how this movie makes me feel, nostalgic. I must have seen this film a year or so after it's release, when I was around nine-years-old. It's not the perfect adaption of David Copperfield (I don't think there is a perfect adaption yet, which is a shame) but it has a lot of lovely memories attached to it. This movie triggered a lot of creative play for me and my siblings. We became the characters. (You see David and Dora in that picture above? Those are really two of my siblings in disguise. I know them.) And my oldest sister and I; we would spend hours in our room quoting all the best parts back and forth. We loved that movie. And so, even though I now find much to be desired in it (I've read the book and it's much better) I'm still quite fond of this movie. It takes me back to my childhood. And I have to admit, I have no objections to being taken back to such a happy place as that.
Wives and Daughters
Will I disappoint a great many people if I say that this movie causes me feelings of irritation? Well, I'm sorry, but it does. The main point of irritation being that the characters never seem to really come alive. They're well cast (most of them) and they say all the right lines and do all the right things, but there's just something missing. All I can say is--for me, personally--they never became real. I don't know why. And it's a great pity because I really liked the book and would have so enjoyed watching it played out on screen. (Also I did not particularly like the casting for Dr. Gibson and Roger. They just didn't match my mental image of the characters. Sorry, but it's the truth.)
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
*A peaceful and contented sigh*
Contentment, yes. Pride and Prejudice is the kind of movie that makes me feel relaxed and cozy and serenely happy. Oh! It's such a beautiful movie. What more can I say?
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Makes me feel sarcastic. In the extreme! Oh! The commentary that accompanies this movie--and continues for several hours afterward--is not to be described! I'm afraid I can be terribly brutal. My mouth just won't stay shut. "Their hair! Now that's regency style, I must say!" "What? A PIG? In the HOUSE?" "Listening at the keyholes? Yeah, right! That's just the way Lizzie would have behaved! Why, she's as bad as Lydia!" "Mr. Bingley? Oh, no! I can't watch! I can't watch!!" "Stop walking around in your night-clothes, everyone! Please! That just isn't done!" "Mr. Darcy, would you please stop saying 'Mrs. Darcy, Mrs. Darcy, Mrs. Darcy.' You sound like a broken record. Have a little compassion on my nerves." Yeah. You probably didn't want to know how I feel about this movie. ;)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Haha! Alright, so this movie seems like a rather odd one to include in this list, for some reason, but I thought I'd mention it anyway because this film series certainly evokes a lot of emotions in me. For example: It makes me nostalgic, frustrated, annoyed, happy, delighted, appalled, sad, and sarcastic. It makes me laugh (in a good way), laugh (in a sarcastic way), sigh contently, and groan dismally. This movie confuses me somewhat. I think I like it and then I think I don't...and overall I'll just say "the books are better, but the movies are okay." :)
The Happiest Millionaire
Oh! This movie! This movie makes me feel so happy! It's just so much fun! I've watched it many times and I still find it absolutely delightful. The characters are so good, the music is wonderful, and...yeah...I have to say, it's one of my favorite Disney films. (Seriously, the last time I watched it I had this silly grin plastered all over my face for the entire first scene! It was really quite ridiculous.)
Dare I say it? This movie frustrates me. It had so much potential...so many characters to do so many good things with...and yet it all seemed to fall so terribly flat. It was honestly rather boring. And it's not because I don't like simple, slow-moving plots, because I do. I guess it was just the same kind of feeling as I had with Wives and Daughters. In my mind, the characters had all the right ingredients but they never quite lived. My imagination was always one step ahead and the characters and plotlines never quite caught up. If that makes any sense.
This movie makes be both happy and sad. It's really a rather tragic story...heartbreaking even...but the end! Oh! Such blissful happiness! (If you've never seen this movie you should really find it and watch it because it's so lovely. It's the kind of sad that makes you feel happy...if you know what I mean.)
Well I guess that's all for now. This really was a pretty random post...but it gave me the opportunity to use some nice pictures, so I'm satisfied. ;)
Which of these movies have you seen?
And what are your feelings on them?