Feel-good movies to kick off the new year

Animated

“The Little Prince”

Everybody has the chance to have a special relationship when believing in the impossible. The Netflix original film “The Little Prince,” based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella conveys both themes. The movie is a story within a story, where a disciplined, overscheduled little girl (Mackenzie Foy) befriends an aviator (Jeff Bridges), who tells her the story of his encounter with the Little Prince. The aviator and the little girl have a budding friendship, which reflects the friendships that the Little Prince has with his rose, a fox and the aviator himself. A simple children’s story turns philosophical, which is why “The Little Prince” is the ideal movie to reevaluate faith and friendships.

Sports

“The Blind Side”

In times of hopelessness and trauma, perseverance through personal talents and familial support can shine a light at the end of the tunnel. For Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) in the 2009 film “The Blind Side,” the life that he was given was rocky. With a drug addict as a mother, the streets of Memphis as a home and 0.6 as a grade point average, Oher’s only hope of success was his football talent. His life all changed when the strict but charismatic Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) took him into her family; thus, he learns of the power of family and passions. Found on Amazon Video, the “The Blind Side” is powerful, for there is always a chance at a vicissitude for a rewarding life.

Comedy

Big

Childhood is in the soul of anybody. Appreciating one’s place in the world helps him or her come to be thankful. Josh Baskin (David Moscow) in the 1988 film “Big” is ashamed of his small stature and wishes to the carnival machine Zoltar to be big. To his surprise, Baskin wakes up a grown man (Tom Hanks). Making the most of his new lifestyle, he works for the toy store F.A.O Schwarz, embraces his inner child by jumping on a floor piano and lives in a toy-filled apartment. Due to being a kid-at-heart in the middle of grown ups, Baskin remembers to appreciate the life he had. “Big,” found on Amazon Video, reminds the viewers to be careful for what they wish.

Romantic

Serendipity

Every intricate detail in life happens for a reason; thus, the nostalgia from the past can align with the happiness in the future. Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) in the 2001 film “Serendipity” knows that her destiny will overcome the 10 years, engagements and 3,000 miles apart from Jonathan Trager (John Cusack). After one idyllic night together—starting by grabbing the same pair of black cashmere gloves at Bloomingdale’s—Thomas and Trager test their love. They leave their names and numbers in a book, promising each other that if they find the book, then fate says they are meant to be together. “Serendipity” takes the viewer on a journey of chance and hope in a convoluted world.

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