Thanks to fellow Creator Bridget Serdock, I've been nominated for the 5 Day Movie Challenge (you can check out Bridget's Day 1 article here). The way this is suppose to work is that every day for 5 days, I write about movies that made me cry, motivated me, made me cringe while watching, made me watch them over and over and over again, and that I'd pass on to my future children. Now, not only am I very late in getting this challenge done, but I am going to break the rules and knock out all 5 days in 1. So here's my 5-in-1 Day Movie Challenge!
Day #1: A Movie That Made Me Cry
I've never been known to be an emotional man, often favouring action and explosions over drama or tragedy. Nonetheless, during my regular movie watching I have sometimes found myself on the edge of my seat, with a single tear-drop running down my cheek. But nothing, and I mean NOTHING, has made me cry more than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
I'm sure that all those people who have watched the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 understand what part I'm talking about - but for the few who haven't, have no fear, 'the-spoilers-section' is here!
I remember this moment like it was yesterday, with my friend and myself heading into the cinema to watch the movie as it just came out. We were loving it - the action, the magic, and the dark "grittiness" that had slowly crept into the series with each movie release. It was all going well, with Dobby helping Harry and friends escape from Bellatrix Lestrange. And then...Dobby died. The cinema went deathly quiet (no pun intended), and I could feel the tears coming. After all that Dobby had done to help save Harry on multiple occasions, he simply did not make it. At least, in the end, Dobby could be with his friends.
Day #2: A Motivational Movie
When it comes to inspirational movies, you have your Rocky Balboa and your Dead Poets Society that everyone always references as a source of motivation...and don't get me wrong, both those movies are motivational power-houses. However, there's one movie that, for me, trumps all those movies when it comes to giving me motivation. And that movie, is The Pursuit of Happyness.
Watching this movie has always been a staple moment in my life, because it demonstrated that no matter what the world may throw at you, no matter how hard life gets, you just keep on going until you achieve your dreams - and you don't let anyone tell you that you can't do anything in life. So when you're lacking motivation to do anything in life, look to this movie and what Christopher Gardner (Will Smith) does to create a better life for himself and his son, even when they were forced to live in shelters.
Day #3: An Awkward Family Movie
When it comes to movies that are awkward to watch with your family, they usually come in two categories: slapstick, immature sort of awkward, and Game of Thrones 'why are they so many people naked' sort of awkward. For this section, I'll be looking at the former since I'd rather not go into the awkward moment when my dad flicked over to Game of Thrones...thanks, Tyrion.
So for my 'awkward to watch with family' movie, I'm going straight to Johnny English, with Rowan Atkinson. This English super-spy made for many laughs, but also many cringe worthy moments, like this one.
To all those who have watched the movie, you might remember this moment where Johnny English climbs out of a sewer to face Pascal Sauvage, and as he fires his gun...well...poop comes out. Now I know what you're thinking, "How does THAT make this movie awkward to watch with your family?" Well, when that just happens and you're conflicted between laughing and looking immature, or not laughing and looking like you have no sense of humour...it can create a very awkward situation. Unless, of course, you're like my dad...God bless that man.
Day #4: A Movie I Can Watch Over and Over Again
Ah yes, a movie that I can watch over and over again. Since I've already use Harry Potter as a movie that made me cry, I guess I'll fall back to one of my all time favourite movie, The Road to El Dorado! *pulls out guitar*
I remember watching this movie time and time again during my childhood, and even to this day I find myself falling back to watching Miguel and Tulio go on a journey to El Dorado...and all their shenanigans along the way. The opening scene of Miguel and Tulio gambling in the back alleys of Spain, with Miguel and his guitar, is enough to hook me in to watching it again and again. Plus, who doesn't love tonnes and tonnes of gold?
Day #5: A Movie to Pass onto My Future Children
I know I just said that I wouldn't be covering Harry Potter again, but I just have to when it comes to finding a movie to pass onto my future children! There's no better movie series that comes to my mind than sitting down with my kids and enjoying a Harry Potter marathon, watching their faces light up, just as mine did, with all the wonders of the magical world that J.K. Rowling created. I think it'd be interesting to see how the next generation reacts to the Harry Potter series, and how they evolve emotionally with each movie in the series (that's if they watch it like us, one movie per year).
And that's all for my 5-in-1 Day Movie Challenge! Instead of nominating different Creators to complete this challenge, I've decided to leave it up to you...yes, you! If you wish to participate in this challenge, feel free to do so by clicking the 'Create a post' button below!