Top 6 movies to revisit in 2023
As the new-year has started to unfold, we can definitely count on old stories told, to make the transition smoother from old to new. From heartfelt rom-coms and inspirational musicals to bone-chilling thrillers, there is no end to the list of movies you can watch to bring in the New Year. The ones on this list can motivate you to work hard and stay positive or it can stir a passion in you to broaden your horizons.
Tick, Tick… Boom!
Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this semi-autobiographical musical about the famous composer and playwright Jonathan Larson is uplifting. Larson changed the world of musical theater with his smash hit “Rent” but it was not always smooth sailing. The movie is shot and edited in a way that allows for multiple themes of chasing a dream in ’90s New York City to unravel beautifully. Andrew Garfield delivers one of his best performances as Jon. His singing ability took the already catchy and exquisite songs to a whole new level. Not only will this movie open the window to Jon’s life story but also lead you to ponder about the paths you’ve taken to pursue your dreams.
Out of the five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes in a year, you can spend 75 minutes watching this masterpiece. Set in the backdrop of New York in the late 1980s, it is an adaption of Jonathan Larson’s Broadway play. It is a realistic depiction of a ragtag group of struggling artists, lawyers, and performers facing the trials and tribulations in their youth. Despite the detrimental impact of drugs, sexual identity, and the pressure to pay rent on time, the infectious positivity and bonding among them keeps the movie flowing. Watching them they venture into the streets with sparklers and champagne while singing their hearts out is bound to fill you with hope that transcends despair.
When Harry Met Sally…
The tale of lost love and missed chances is as old as time. On New Year’s Eve in 1987, titular characters Harry and Sally take the mutual decision to not turn their friendship into a relationship. The following year, they both reunite and reminisce on over a decade of their friendship. They wake up from their suspended belief that they are not meant for each other and choose to give relationship a shot. Watching them start a new year with a hopeful start for great potentials.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
The 32-year-old Bridget Jones plans to conquer all fears and bad habits in her pursuit of a better life for herself. Like most of us, Bridget learns that a resolution is much easier to make than to keep but her drive to carry on pulls in the audience. The gleeful combination of hilarious writing and relatable story arc makes it an important and adorable movie that is appropriate for all ages.
Moving on and healing is hard but necessary. The plot of “Someone Great” moves forward as the female protagonist closes the book on her nine-year relationship with her best friends by her side. She simultaneously faces the music and bids farewell to New York in style as she plans to move to another city to focus on her dream job. The clever dialogues and heart-touching acting serves as a reminder that heartbreaks can lead you to a better place.
In every list of resolutions you have ever set, you most likely planned to prioritize your mental health. Oscar-nominated actor Jonah Hill brings a raw and intimate movie that exposes the fragility of our minds. Watching two men be vulnerable and paying a tribute to friendship and kindness is a paradigm shift. They relay techniques and debunk myths to help the audience to transform any negative emotions into positive outlets. It is essentially a movie about a very personal relationship of a therapist and his client but it also tends to anyone else grappling with mental health issues.
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