Feeling bored? Top 6 movies to binge-watch at home

Let’s admit it. We really do want to catch a movie at home these days! Even those of us who cannot claim to be movie buffs are probably missing our comfortable theater chairs and the loud surround sound (mingled with the whiff of popcorn). But if there is one thing that the lockdown has managed to do for some, it is to help reconnect. Reconnect both with and without technology. Reconnect with family, friends, memories, hobbies, etc. And movies somehow are important connectors too. Because though a source of entertainment, a movie often carries with it our aspirations, opinions, desires, relevance and more.

So I thought of looking back a bit and remembering my most endearing six movies. Of course, there are many films that are critically acclaimed. Many that have ruled the box-office, and many that are referred to as a cult or classic renditions.  But for now, I am going to churn out a list of six films. The best movies to watch at home in our post lockdown days. I can fall in love with them all over again. If you haven’t watched them maybe you should give them a shot. And if you already have, you probably will not mind watching them again. Especially when you crave for a movie on the weekend.

Good Will Hunting

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Will_Hunting

This movie touches you on various levels. The film explores the fine balance of emotions and is supported by splendid performances from all its actors. The genius janitor played by Matt Damon who in parts is dealing with mental health and childhood traumas that have affected his emotional well-being for life, gets a solid space to play out against Robin William’s awarding-winning role of the soothing therapist.

The friendship between Damon and Ben Affleck, the trust that slowly and surely develops between Williams and Damon or the love and its complications as seen between the character of Damon and his girlfriend are real, palpable, and far away from melodrama. Watch it to root for those who emerge from their past, for resurrecting relations and finding peace with oneself in order to realize one’s full potential. Re-watch it, at least for that one scene when Matt Damon breaks down in the arms of Williams.

Lakshya

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshya_(film)

For those at the cusp of leaving school and entering the ‘real world’, this is a movie to watch. The confusion of the young as they figure out their forward journey, some with seriousness while others with a carefree attitude, whereas, the idea of finding your true calling and raising the bar are the basic themes of the movie. Set against the Kargil War the movie works for Hrithik’s brilliant acting, it’s on the point music and nationalism that in most parts is not overzealous. By the end of the movie, we as viewers grow with the central character and feel proud of his personal journey. The movie also brings to light the character of the Indian Army and does inspire a surge of patriotism. Also, worth mentioning is the stunning locations shot along the Himalayas that give the frames a towering and beautiful landscape.

Tangled

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Alright, an animated film needs to make it to my list for sure! Tangled, a takeoff from Rapunzel is one of my comfort movies. Personally I love animations because the emotions and characters seem more real! And yes, Tangled unlike the fable stories is not strictly about Prince Charming saving the damsel in distress. It is about both the central characters saving each other in more than one way. The lanterns that light up the sky, the cockiness of Flynn Rider, and the determination of Rapunzel that makes seasoned thieves remember their dreams are all too mushy and spirited. And yes of course, in case if it wasn’t obvious, the evil witch is defeated in the end!

Meri Pyaari Bindu

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meri_Pyaari_Bindu

Not exactly box-office or critically acclaimed, Meri Pyaari Bindu is a refreshing watch. Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra lift this film which tries to portray the friend-lover-friend equation. Neighbors and fast friends, the guy is in love with her since ever, but it is Parineeti’s character that though edged with confused and even selfish motives, is still lovable and very relatable. With an unexpected ending (I don’t mean to be a spoiler in case you haven’t watched it), the story is a mature take on the balances and blurring of lines between friendship and romance.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Pajamas)

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boy_in_the_Striped_Pyjamas_(film)

Based on the novel by John Boyne this film is set against the Holocaust drama. The story handles the seriousness and tragedies of the Holocaust and World War by seeing it through the eyes of two little 8-year-old boys.  The implications are subtle and never over asserted, giving a view of the human costs and emotions on both sides of the camp. Bruno is the son of a Nazi commander and Shmuel is a Jewish boy staying at the concentration camp. However, it is the end that the story builds up to, leaving you numb and haunted for a very long time. A brilliant film that showcases why wars and discrimination eventually lead to no victory.

Rang De Basanti

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rang_De_Basanti

Finally, a revolutionary film, RDB as fondly called, is a hard-hitting film on several counts. In many ways, it resonates more today than it did back then. The youth of the world in recent times have risen to stand for what is right, have led the narrative on how to make the world a better place, whether it be Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, the students of JNU and Jamia, Rohit Vemula and many more. The parallel drawn between the story of young freedom fighters and modern age students and youngsters sets the tone of the movie. The youthful energy is visible throughout the film and so are their emotions and workings of the mind. Though the film promotes the idea of violent revenge, the raw sensations of the angry young are discernible.

Of course, this list is understandably not exhaustible. What are some of your favorite movies? Which films would you recommend? Or maybe I have missed out on our favorite superhero movies? Do let us know!

Though the lockdown is slowly lifting, we are still far away from the theatre experience. But a movie is primarily about its content. So grab your headphones, log on to the streaming sites, such as Disney Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, or Netflix and (re) watch movies that connect with you.

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  3. Zainab Lokhandwala

    After watching the Boy in Striped Pyjamas everyone should watch Jojo Rabbit. It’s a great film, which resonantes with so much of what’s going on now.

    1. Yes! It’s my favorite too, Taika Waititi nails it!

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