Happy weekend! And this weekend is even better because it’s a 3-day weekend. Although for some reason at the end of the work day yesterday it didn’t feel like we were starting a long weekend. It just felt like the start of a normal weekend. It’ll definitely feel nice to sleep in on Monday though!
So on to today’s post. Magical movies! Now, to be honest I think all movies are magical in a way because of the storytelling and how it transports you to another place and time. I find something magical in seeing a movie in the movie theater too. Do you ever look around during a movie just for a second? It’s amazing to think we’re all just taking it all in together. Gasping, laughing, tearing up – all together as a whole. Even though I think movies are magical in general, there are a lot of movies that just exude magic beyond the art of movie making simply due to the nature of the movie. I’ve rounded up 5 movies I love that come to mind when I think magic.
- Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone – True, all the Harry Potter movies have magic in them (duh, he’s a wizard) but the first movie holds a special place in my heart. Not only are we being introduced to Hogwarts and the wizarding world on the big screen for the first time, but we’re also seeing it through Harry’s eyes as he experiences this world for the first time.
2. Beauty & the Beast – I can’t wait until the new live-action film comes out this March, but until then the original animated movies is one of my favorite Disney movies. The enchanted castle, the rose, the love story – so good!
3. Stardust – This movie is lesser known than the previous 2 I mentioned, but I love this movie! The movie is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and follows Tristan, a young man, who lives in a small town that has a border wall and no one is allowed past the wall. He learns, after breaking the rules to follow a falling star, that on the side of the wall is a world full of magic. The star really fell onto earth and is a young woman (Yvaine) played by Claire Danes. Tristan (played by the Daredevil himself, Charlie Cox) wants to help Yvaine but also wants to bring her back to his town to impress the girl he likes. Meanwhile, a trio of witch sisters want Yvaine because stars help them restore their youth and beauty. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it! It’s so entertaining, magical, and has some pretty funny moments.
4. A Little Princess – One of my favorite movies when I was little was Alfonso Cuaron’s A Little Princess. It was magical, it was sad, and happy all at the same time. Sara, a young girl, goes to a small New York boarding school while her father goes to fight in World War I. The woman who runs the school is not very nice and when Sara’s father is believed to have been killed in combat, Sara is forced out of her nice bedroom and into the dirty, dusty, and bare attic. She is not allowed to take classes anymore but instead becomes a servant to the staff and girls at the school because of lack of tuition. But somehow despite it all, Sara manages to find the bright side of things and distracts herself with stories she used to hear when she lived in India when her father was stationed there. One day she wakes up to her whole room transformed into a dream world with rich fabrics and a feast for her and the other servant girl! It’s a very good movie.
5. Mary Poppins – With the news that a sequel to the famous Mary Poppins will be coming out next year starring Emily Blunt, I have to include the magical movie to my list. Fun songs, a bottomless bag, sidewalk pictures you can jump into?! What’s not to love about this beloved nanny and her magical ways. Side note: Was anyone else afraid of those scary men at the bank? They freaked me out when I was little.
What movies do you find magical? I’d love some more recommendations!