1. Batman series by Christopher Nolan –
Nolan comes out with his genius and pours it on this franchise which has created its own landmarks. Although a real batman fanatic and a DC comic enthusiast might differ from this choice; but my personal favorite is Nolan’s portrayal of Batman in the much detailed light. From the very first part of this franchise, Christian Bale starts his reign as the Cape-crusader and nails it. The first part reveals Bruce’s backstory quite thoroughly and shows Bruce’s struggle to balance his personal life and as the masked vigilante of Gotham City. The Second part is my favorite and it is the part where Joker comes as the main attraction rather than Batman. But yes it very obvious that it Heath Ledger’s Joker rather than Nolan’s and he had totally stolen the entire show. As a follow up to Nolan’s first foray it surpasses to be the most dramatic interpretation of the frenzy of Joker. The Dark Knight Rises is the climax of the trilogy and quite well fits in as the movie has its own thematic significance of the working class rebelling against the rich. It is duly noted that Nolan’s Batman is more of a character-oriented movie than following the conventional characteristics of DC comics. The nail-biting experience throughout each part creates a whole new super-hero world to experience. Its sad that Batman’s only super-power left now, is he being rich.
2. Shawshank Redemption –
Every film lover’s top ten must entail this one; this is the best. This movie’s primarily about hope. Hope is one thing which keeps you going when you spend half of your life behind the walls of a prison. It shows a very loving friendship between two characters played by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins and projects that friendship is the only means of survival when you have the prison as your only world. The movie characterizes the intricate truth of imprisonment of both mental and physical imprisonment. Dufrense could be a successful banker when he used to be a free citizen but the symphony of Mozart echoing throughout the inches of Shawshank brings him the symphony of hopefulness. Dufrense is a character who finds himself dwelling quite fit with the inmates after a couple of rough years; he steps foot to all those terrains of the prison where no other inmate has ever been. With his knowledge, he “gets busy living” by doing he does the best that is doing accounts. Red was a man who is much like old Brooks, ragged and rusted by the institutionalization. For people like them, the walls of prison seem to be more comforting than the fresh air of freedom; where you don’t find yourself awake at night all frightened and anxious. Imprisonment is the process where life in real becomes a mirage or a threat. You become conditioned in a way where you can’t even take a piss without being told so- can’t even squeeze a drop out. Shawshank Redemption shows a liberation not only from the shackles of law and injustice but also from hopelessness, fear and not getting to have to “get busy dying”.
3. Forrest Gump –
Forrest Gump is a movie which is so well written and crafted. It is about a boy’s journey to his manhood. It is a movie full of catchphrases starting from the scene where forest’s leg braces shatter and Jenny screams “run Forrest…run!” to “life is a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”. This is a film where we get to learn that you can make a difference, no matter what your intelligence level is. Forrest Gump is a character who is a dimwitted guy, doing all sorts of things and witnessing the milestones of the 20th century. He is a character who hadn’t ever planned his life like most of us do; he goes into the battlefield because he gets a flyer, he becomes a national level ping pong player by just not looking away from the ball, he starts running for miles after miles because he felt like it. Probably a very few amount of people could live aimlessly yet successfully; for Forrest, it was his tenacity and probably for the reason he never had an aim. He always does whatever he is asked for even when he was asked whether he found God his easy answer was, “I didn’t know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir”. But with Jenny he always finds himself back to longing for her, thinking about her through all the ventures he undertakes. Jenny is sort of a character who had a dysfunctional childhood and perhaps due to that reason he comes back to forest’s life to go away all over again. This is the character I find really disturbing at times and even struggling. But we all can see instances which proves Jenny also figures Forrest as her last resort. But at last, did not like it how they got married just because Jenny was sick and tired of running away. But Forrest Gump is a movie where so many different timelines portrayed so beautifully and Tom Hanks is surely a brilliant actor and has played the role with such balance, where he knew how far is to go towards the edge where we see Forest throughout his life making us emotional on quite a few accounts.
4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s –
Before going about this movie I should say this is one of all time classics of Audrey Hepburn, and we all know she cannot disappoint with her sheer sweetness and excellent charm. Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, an American socialite who likes to take pleasure in every inch of her life. Holly was the most iconic character played by Hepburn and she wearing the pearls with a cigarette in her hands has to be the most iconic classic visual we have all seen. The apparent naiveness and all of her ridiculous yet unique perspective towards life make us love the character even more. Her profession and inclination towards wealthy men or wealth, in general, could be a bit of discussion; but all these do not hamper the popularity of the film. Holy becomes friends with a struggling writer Paul Varjak, who eventually falls in love with Holly. Holly befriends Paul as he reminds her of her brother Sam, and throughout the film, we discover Paul to be the ‘huckleberry friend’ who takes Holly to venture out on a journey where they both find their own selves. The movie has so many brilliant scenes which have such a feel-good factor to it, starting from the very first scene where Holly is shown window shopping in front of Tiffany’s while drinking coffee and croissant to the melody of her ukulele playing ‘Moon River’ are symbolic that Holly is lost and torn apart two worlds – in one end she is nostalgic about her brother and husband and on the other she is battling to break free from being caged to be a girl who takes 50$ to go to the powder room. She aspires a life of luxury but love, she does not want to own anything yet she yearns for money and men with money. It shows how confused the character of Holly is. Paul takes inspiration from this girl and he finds his ‘subject’ for his next piece but yet he dwells in her life a little too much that, like other men, he finds her to be a ‘chicken’. I love the movie for it is a pure classic and it gives a unique look to its heroine, with not much morale yet with immense dignity.
5. Wolf of the Wall Street –
Martin Scorsese is known for taking his camera and making it all about his characters; this one is a comedy-drama about a life of Wall Street stockbroker, Jordon Belfort. Jordon lives to make money; he dreams about money, and makes sure he makes all his dream come true. This movie revolves around that super-rich world of Wall Street brokers with such details. And moreover this is my favorite DiCaprio movie of all, he completely steals the show. He invested in the character so much so that makes us see the act of debauchery this guy commits and sells every word he says. Amongst all the Scorsese movies, it is safe to say this is the most entertaining one as it has so many episodes of comedy and humor. One name whose performance is mind-blowing in this movie is Jonah Hill. He plays Jordan’s colleague and only confidant. What I really like about the movie, is the honesty of the portrayal of Jordan’s dealings in stock market and balancing between doing some not-so-legal things and his frivolous lifestyle. This movie calls back the scene where Jordan takes several recreational drugs and finds himself temporarily paralyzed- as the scene calls for intense tension and at the same time is pretty hilarious.
6. Harry Potter series –
With Harry Potter, the nostalgia force is very strong. We all grew up being introduced to the ‘boy who lived’. Harry Potter movies are adapted from J.K Rowling’s harry potter series of books which some might say digress a bit from the books but in my opinion, the movies are equally good and feel like there is more magic to discover. The first part as in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone or Sorcerer’s stone’ is the movie of introduction and this movie introduced us to the world of witches and wizards. Whenever we hear about witches we visualize an old hag wearing a dark cloak with a pointy hat, poring potions into this big cauldron; and these must have been the elements Rowling turned into a joyous fiction. Harry Potter movies are of friendship and the good winning over evil. We have been discovered to a whole new world of Hogwarts, Trolls, magical plants, enchanted creatures and so much more. Harry’s adventure begins not with eyeing for defeating Voldemort, but with thousand letters from Dumbledore, who is the definition of all of our childhood, as a true guardian and well-wisher. So Harry kind of inherits the responsibility to defeat Voldemort and in its way he emerges as the next best wizard of his own time. What I really like about Harry Potter movies is how the characters are build up; I mean one can make each separate movies on each characters and all the characters have so much content and resemblance to Harry’s adventures. J.K Rowling shows her true genius by introducing Quidditch, a game kind of similar to normal soccer but has so much innovation and thought put into one game! And the one thing which is really noticeable in all the Harry Potter movies is the transition of Harry’s character how he changes from being a push-over guy who lived in the basement to be one who can stand up for himself and the people he cared about. I guess it doesn’t take much to say how much one say love everything about Harry Potter.
7. 500 days of summer –
This movie made me look into romantic comedies in a whole new perspective. There are lots of people who kind of don’t like rom-com for its clichéd dialogue and overcompensating climax. But this movie is not amongst them; for it’s a story of a periodic affair between Tom and Summer and the whole story is projected from the guy’s point of view. Basically, the plot deals with showing how breakups factor in your life and how it is a big deal. The movie is very realistic in dealing with relationships and its subsequent problems and the most amazing part is, this movie banishes the formerly created romantic notion of sugar-coating even heartbreaks. But in this movie romance is portrayed in a very normal and ordinary way. And the way the movie introduces its protagonist, displaying him as a very ordinary guy living normal ordinary life makes it even beautiful. But if you want to know the catch it would definitely be how Tom deals with emotions which in turn reveals him as an extraordinary one. Many might see the character of Summer in a redundant perspective, but that is how this movie is supposed to be, when our hero gets heartbroken we are bound to find the girl guilty…no matter what. But in my opinion I love the character of Summer, it is so real as much as relatable as well. She is emotional, erratic, and unpredictable and she is different; very different. She is so weird that her favorite Beatle is Ringo Star! I mean yeah, that’s a tip-off. But I love the way she cries while watching a movie and then she gets so emotional and distance probably she relates them with her own life! Tom is devastated after the break up with Summer and takes us on a 500 days of his journey with Summer. The way he goes on telling his reasons for hating her post-breakup where exactly the reasons for him to fall for her, I mean we have all been there right? There is that mind-blowing scene where reality versus imagination is being showed together and it shows how hard reality can hit you… I mean it’s amazing. For those of you who hate romantic movies should definitely watch this one for it will change your perspective definitely.
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Article by :- Srobona Choudhury.