Need to Unwind from the Election? Ahoy! Comfort Movies!

In honor of the election coming up, I had wanted to go through my usual election-themed movies to watch, however, this election feels a bit different. Since I’ve cast my ballot, I have felt a bit anxious. There’s not much more I can do other than encouraging my friends, family, and followers to go vote if they haven’t already. I want nothing more than to stay up to date on everything happening with the state of our union, but it can feel a bit hopeless for me at times. Sometimes, I need to just log off and disconnect.

In times like this, I have always turned to movies. I find such solace and escape turning on a good comfort movie to distract me from the real world. For me, my kind of comfort movie is a heavy, soul-crushing flick. I only feel I can completely escape real life if I watch something that I have to deeply focus on to turn off real-life problems. For most people, comfort movies mean joyous, easy-going films to put a smile on their face. I put together a list of both kinds of movies if you’re in need of a comfort movie after you’ve voted and need to check out for a bit following quite a heavy year and election season.

Heavy Hitters:

Melancholia (2011) – currently on Hulu
A Lars von Trier movie had to make it on the list of heavy hitters! A movie about a planet crashing into Earth? Sign. Me. Up.

Prisoners (2013)
Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 film is packed with stars (Viola! Hugh! Jake! Melissa!) and the drama. Easily one of the heaviest films I’ve seen over the last decade. A perfect film to unwind and forget about 2020 for a minute.

Gone Girl (2014)
This can help kick off your Fincher Festival in preparation for the first film in six years (!!!) from David Fincher! This was Fincher’s last film released and boy, this movie can take your mind off some real-life problems.

Vertigo (1958)
This may have been a great quarantine watch, but can double as a great heavy hitter.

Ad Astra (2019) – currently on HBO
One of the most recent movies on the list. A movie about much more than just Brad Pitt in space. This movie deserved more awards love and should have been a much bigger deal. In my mind, Brad Pitt won for this performance.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – currently on Amazon Prime
I know, a Christmas movie, but this is much more than just a holiday flick. This movie does get you thinking about your own life after, but during its run time, you remain completely focused on George Bailey’s fate.

The Wrestler (2008)
Watching an Aronofsky film is always a guaranteed time to buckle in and forget about your own worries for a bit. I think The Wrestler is not given enough love out of his filmography, so here to shout it out.

Widows (2018)
An underappreciated Steve McQueen film starring Viola, Elizabeth, Liam, and Colin! This may appear as just a heist flick on the surface but truly is so much more.

Vox Lux (2018) – currently on Hulu
Natalie Portman as a pop star! I was already in, but this film is so much to take in. The score helps transport you to another world alongside some knockout performances.

Uncut Gems (2019) – currently on Netflix
One of the most stressful movies ever! Genuinely, this film transports me to another world where all I can think is “HOWIE! WHY!”

Feel Good Films:

Lady Bird (2017) – currently on Netflix
One of the best films on this list! Greta Gerwig brings home all the feels in this coming of age film.

Crossroads (2002)
Britney Spears! Enough said! One of the best movie-going experiences I have is seeing this in theaters.

Mamma Mia! (2008)
ABBA! MERYL STREEP! CHRISTINE BARANSKI! GREECE! What more could you want? (I think I know…)

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! (2018)

Legally Blonde (2001)
This is a film I’ll always cherish. Reese Witherspoon kills this performance and who doesn’t love pink!

I Love You, Man (2009)
A perfect comedy if you ask me. A film filled with bro-humor, but also heart. I am dying to try those fish tacos.

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