Five phenomenal movies, which will inspire to give a new outlook on life

 


Human personality has different shades; it is not what it looks like on the surface. In the following movies, it was an attempt to unravel aspects of man’s inner being. Besides these movies will inspire you to get a new outlook on life.

1. Forest Gump:

    My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates
      You never know what, you are going to get!




The movie Forrest Gump was released on 23 June 1994 which is based on the novel by Winston Groom. Oscar-Winning Director Robert Zemeckis has so beautifully woven the story and made Forrest Gump such a charming and heartbreaking movie to watch.

We meet Forrest Gump at the beginning of the movie, innocently describing events in his life to strangers sitting on a bench of a bus stop.

When Forrest Gump was a boy, he had a below-normal IQ, moreover, he was suffering from scoliosis and had to wear knee braces. Even the school principal was not ready to admit him, but his mother was confident about him and questions the principal, what does normal mean anyway?  He might be on the low side but my boy Forrest is going to get the same opportunities as everyone else.

Forrest Gump’s confidence was so strong that his knee braces fell off and he started running fast.  He leads a football team to a championship, President Kennedy met the football team to congratulate them, in the Oval Office, before the meeting, Forrest Gump was thirsty so he drank 15 bottles of cold drinks. When President Kennedy congratulates him and asks how it feels, he answers innocently ‘I got to pee’. Forrest Gump does not lose his innocence and pure conscience throughout the movie.

Forrest Gump joins the Army and he is sent to the Vietnam War, where he meets solder Bubba, who is shot and wounded, and before he takes his last breath Bubba told Forrest Gump that his wish was to become a shrimping boat captain.





Furthermore, in the war, he saves the life of Lieutenant Dan Taylor, but his legs are amputated. Later after retiring from the army, Forrest Gump goes to meet Bubba’s family. He does not forget what Bubba has said. He purchases a brand new shipping boat and starts shipping; Lieutenant Dan Taylor also joins him and they form “Bubba Gump Shrimps Corporation”. He gives Bubba’s share to his family. Forrest Gump’s humbleness and resilience had so much to offer to the world, but no one saw his ability to contribute to society. 

He always remembers what his mama said, “there is only so much fortune a man needs and the rest it is just for showing off”. Therefore, he gives a whole bunch of it to the Four Square Gospel Church.

Meanwhile, Jenny once again enters his life and it remains to be seen how their story turns out.

Legendary actor Tom Hanks portrays the character of Forrest Gump. This extraordinary movie has won the Six Oscar Awards, one of them being Best Actor in Leading Role - Tom Hanks won the award, and director Robert Zemeckis also won the Oscar Award.

Robin Wright(Jenny)  Gary Sinise (Dan Taylor), Mykelti Williamson(Bubba) everyone has played their part beautifully.

Forrest Gump is a great movie to watch.



2. The Shawshank Redemption

    Some birds aren’t meant to be caged, Their feathers are just too bright.  And when they fly away the part of you that knows it was insane to lock them up does rejoice, but still, the place you live is so drab and empty that they are gone. I guess I just miss my friend.




Shawshank Redemption is one of the most inspirational movies which was released on 10 September 1994

The story begins with the court case of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) for the alleged murder of his wife and her lover. Andy tries to convince that he is innocent; even then, he is wrongly convicted with a double life sentence and is sent to Shawshank prison.

Andy was a successful banker outside. He never thought his life would turn into a nightmare. In the prison, Andy finds a new friend called Red (Morgan Freeman), with whom Andy shares his thoughts.




Andy sets his goal, “Get busy living or get busy dying”

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things,

And no good thing ever dies!

He starts showing his accounting skills to Warden and subdues him.

One fine day Andy escapes from prison. However, it remains a mystery how he succeeded, one cannot even imagine. We can only say he crawled to freedom through 500 yards of shit- smelling foulness.

Andy not only escapes from the prison but also blew Warden Norton’s money worth $370,000.

When Red hears the news, there is a mysterious smile on his face.

A few days later, Red is granted parole and is released from prison. 

Does he meet his friend Andy in the outside world? 

This movie will inspire you to set a goal in your mind and drive it to work, whatsoever time it may take never give up your hope. Go slowly, but you have to go!

Director Frank Darabont is just magnificent. The story, cast, screenplay everything is great. The cinematography and music are both gorgeous.

This movie was nominated for seven Oscar Awards.

3. Cast Away

    Keep breathing because tomorrow sun will rise again
 

Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is a Systems Engineer in FedEx. When Chuck is on duty for shipping packages, his plane crashes in the storm and goes down on an uninhabited island on the South Pacific ocean. Chuck survives this plane crash but is stranded alone on the island. He is completely isolated with no trace of a human being in sight.





The whole time Chuck is fighting for survival. His struggle for life turns into a Man VS. Nature battle where both challenge each other.

At one time, he gets so lonely and depressed that he decides to die. Emotionally broken, he makes a rope and goes to the summit to hang himself.  But the limb of the tree is snapped due to heavyweight and he is not able to kill himself.

After four long years, a ship spots him and frees from his precarious condition.

Kelly was his lover whom he had given word that, “I will be right back” before entering the plane, but now everything has changed. Kelly is now married to a Dentist, assuming that Chuck is dead.






In the end, he goes to deliver the parcel, which has saved his life. There is nobody at home, he keeps the box at the door, and while returning he stands at the crossroads, where Chuck meets the girl who had sent the package which had saved his life. She stops and talks to him, tells him where all the roads lead.

When she starts to leave, Chunk stares at the back of her truck and he sees those angel wings on the truck, the same angel wings on the box that had saved him. Interestingly the girl is single as it is clear from the Arch at the entrance of her house, which shows only the name of Bettina instead of Dick and Bettina.

A suggestive gentle smile appears on Chunk’s face.

In my opinion, this movie is truly one of the greatest movies of all time. The story, script, performances, cinematography, everything is incredible.

This movie was nominated for two Oscar awards.

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez


4. The Pursuit of Happyness

    There is no Y in happiness, there is only I

This is a truly motivational movie and is inspired by a true story. It was released on November 2006

Chris Gardner (Will Smith) tells his son Christopher Gardner (Jaden Smith)


You got a dream

you gotta protect it.


People can't do 

something themselves

they tell you, you can't do

it. If you want something,

go get it, period.




Chris Gardner is a salesman. He is selling a portable bone-density scanner, a medical device. He sells it for living and he needs to sell at least two scanners a month to take care of rent and daycare, he struggles to get a good life for his son. He tells his wife that he has applied for an intern position in a broker company, but his wife replies that it is the wrong decision, as there is no salary and not a reasonable promise of a job.

His wife leaves Chris and his son midway because she is not sure about his success. However, Chris has faith in himself, and in the interview tells the company management that, I know how to find an answer and I will find the answers.

There are several instances in the movie where his efforts are thwarted. But problems never bother him. He lives in a shelter for the homeless, once he stayed overnight in a washroom with his son.




Consistent and diligent hard work of Chirs makes him successful and he goes on to form the Investment firm Gardner Rich in 1987. In 2006 Chris Gardner sold a minority stake in his brokerage firm in a multimillion dollars deal.


This movie shows the value of hard work to achieve success. Determine the path and follow your dream no matter what hindrances come your way.

Will smith’s acting is superb, especially Jaden Smith a child, is so natural that in no scene he looks like he is acting.

This movie was nominated for one Oscar for the best performance by an actor in a leading role “Will Smith”.


Director: Gabriele Muccino

Staring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and Thandie Newton


The pursuit of happyness is one of the best movies I have ever seen.

 

5. Seven Pounds


    In Seven days, god created world and

     In seven seconds, I shattered mine.


Ben Thomas was shattered due to the unfortunate incident that happens in his life. In the atonement of this, he started a mission to search out seven strangers who are good but badly in need of help.





Ben Thomas steels his brother (Michael Ealy)’s ID card and introduces himself as a Tax Collector from Internal Revenue Services to such people.

In this mission, he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson), a young woman who has a serious heart problem and is waiting for a donor, but her blood group is very rare, later on, he unexpectedly falls in love with her. However, it has not moved him from his plans.





 

He meets Ezra Turner (Woody Harrelson) the blind telemarketer and pianist.

He finds Connie Tepos (Elpidia Carrillo) living with her kids, she was being abused by her boyfriend. Ben’s heart sank knowing her situation and abruptly gives his home and car to Connie Tepos.

     In the end, he commits suicide and donates his organs.

The story is simple but the secret of Ben’s past is beautifully hidden by the director until the very end.

 

Once again, Will Smith has brilliantly portrayed the character of Ben Thomas. The chemistry between Will Smith and Rosario Dawson was great. Michael Ealy plays his brother, while Woody Harrelson plays Ezra Turner. Rosario Dawson plays Emily.

 

Director: Gabriele Muccino

This movie has five wins and six Nominations for Awards.

This is altogether a great movie to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Nice movies chosen.Check The Intern,Life is beautiful,The terminal also.

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  2. Good Writing. वाचून चित्रपट पाहण्याची उत्सुकता निर्माण झाली.

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