Even without the coronavirus pandemic, modern life is a pretty stressful proposition and it's little wonder that we're all of us becoming edgier, frazzled and panicked.
If you don't have the worries of financial issues, there's the overhang of environmental decay, the housing crisis, and any other myriad reasons to feel like you need a release valve for all of it. That's where the comfort movie comes in.
The comfort movie is one that is unique to you and you alone and comes with a warm and familiar feeling that can only come by losing yourself in something you've watched a hundred, maybe a thousand times before.
- Groundhog Day
- Sense & Sensibility
- Royal Tenenbaums
- Sunset Boulevard
- Blade Runner
These aren’t even really my favourite films, they’re just pure comfort.
— PiercePiercePiercePi (@piercegleeson) March 14, 2020
There are many but these are the heavy hitters:
Lost in Translation
Mona Lisa Smile
Something’s Gotta Give
When Harry Met Sally
Things to Come
— Jenn Gannon (@jennpops) March 14, 2020
It's not necessarily a movie with childlike qualities, transporting you back to a time when your life was more carefree. It doesn't have to be a movie that carries with it some kind of moral message of redemption or triumph against adversity. No, a comfort movie is something that you can watch with a friend, a relative, a spouse or partner, or even alone, and it gives you an overwhelming sense of peace.
Everyone has a different choice, and no two are the same. When asked on Twitter what their comfort movie was, people's responses were as varied and different as you could imagine. You had choices like 'Die Hard', 'The Lord of the Rings', 'Little Women' (the '90s version and the more recent one), or more strange choices like Dario Argento's 'Suspiria', 'Con-Air', and beyond.
- Dead Poet’s Society
- Rocky/Creed Franchise
- The Sound of Music
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off https://t.co/c9XQcvqXzp
— Sarina Bellissimo (@SBellissimo) March 14, 2020
• Breakfast at Tiffanys
• Black Christmas
• The Rules of Attraction https://t.co/FD7ORmuehc
— Holly Golightly (@ellebrigitte) March 14, 2020
The point of a comfort movie is that it gives you comfort. The story, believe it or not, doesn't really matter that much. You know what's coming because you've watched it maybe a dozen times, know exactly where the twist is, your favourite line of dialogue or scene, and when the credits roll, you're left with a sense of calm.
With all the craziness in the news, the worries of trying to keep a mind occupied, there is no shame in watching 'The Hunt For Red October', 'Dirty Dancing', or 'The Princess Bride' for the 137th time if it gives you a warm feeling in your chest and sets your mind at ease.