Movies that Age Well
The other night Melissa and I feeling nostalgic sat down in the midst of class prepping and story editing to watch an old favorite, The Princess Bride.It was glorious (as usual). We laughed, cried, quoted, analysed and generally enjoyed ourselves way too much. I may or may not have stopped breathing at one point as I laughed uncontrollably.
I know my reactions to things are rather extreme, but at least you know how I feel.
A common theme to that movie experience was the joy we shared over the movie and remember what parts we loved as children, watching for the first time and the parts that we love now as adults. The trio – Vizzini, Inigo Montoya, Fezzik – are funny characters, cleverly written, and masterfully delivered. But there are lines that as a 10 year-old I just didn’t get: “you hippopotamic land mass” was funny but I didn’t know why. Now that I do…I laugh all the more. So this clever conversation about how Inigo and the man in black’s sword fight is indeed a commentary on the male ego, sparked a question in my mind.
What are other movies that have this same quality, that even as an adult I can laugh and enjoy?
What makes them good: Excellent story telling both in the dialog and cinematography, charming characters, and clean humor.
However, I have had the pleasure to sharing several of his films – Spirited Away, Howls’ Moving Castle, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky – with a dear little friend of mine. She just turned seven and her face lights up every time I mention one of these films. Now to be clear Miyazaki’s films are not as lighthearted and carefree as the Princess Bride.
As I start to think about non-animated films that have this same quality, I realize that there aren’t that many, or maybe I am just drawing a blank. There are definitely movies that are in the great when I was a kid, enjoyable as an adult but I am struggle to find think of clean movies that have that subtle this is both humorous for children and for adults. So like the Miyazaki films I am going to branch out into the not so humorous but equally delightful movies.
It was innovative, smart, and at times funny (intentionally and unintentionally. I remember the first time I saw it. I was supposed to be in bed but I had sneaked down stairs and was hiding behind the couch. I was mesmerized by the stars, the creatures and the awesomeness that was/is Han Solo.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Another one of my roommates and my favorites. It has nearly everything that the Princess Bride offers – Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…well, minus the giants…there are some monstrous men if that counts.
I’d love to hear some of your favorites.