What’s your favourite film? I don’t know about you but as a self-confessed film addict, sometimes that question stops me in my tracks. There’s so many films out there, so many “great” and “classic” films and I do sure appreciate films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Shawshank Redemption but I wouldn’t say they were my favourite films.
For me to class a film as a favourite it has to be something I want to and will watch over and over again. A film that brings me joy as well as maybe make me laugh and even cry, I want my favourite film to be fun.
So without further ado, here are the five films I say are my favourites whenever I’m asked that horrible, hard question.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (because it totally counts as one film)
I rewatch the trilogy one a year, usually around Christmas time, and it continues to give me all the emotions. I can quote like 90% of the film, Aragorn continues to be one of my favourite characters ever, Merry and Pippin make me laugh and Sam and his love for Frodo always makes me cry. And don’t get me started on when Aragorn says “You bow to no one” to the hobbits and everyone bows and I just start sobbing.
The Mummy and The Mummy Returns – there is no third film
For me, a mark of a favourite film is if I see it’s on TV and whether it’s just started, half way through or ten minutes from the end I just have to watch it. The amount of times I’ve watched The Mummy and The Mummy Returns on TV even though I have the DVD’s is ridiculous. Also I’m totally going to name my future hypothetical daughter Evelyn.
Elle Woods is my inspiration. She works hard to get what she wants, she’s never mean or bitchy and turns the sorority girl cliché on its head. Legally Blonde has so many great lines, so may great female friendships and a great soundtrack. I will stand by the fact that I truly believe Legally Blonde and Elle Woods as a character are feminist.
Sister Act is one of those films I grew up watching, it was one of my mum’s favourite films so naturally after many repeated viewings I ended up loving too. I love the music, the humour and the camaraderie between all the nuns. Sister Act is another film which is on TV every couple of months and it’s surprising if I don’t end up watching it.
Pretty Woman is another film I watched from a very young age, something I probably shouldn’t have done since it deals with prostitution. Still as a child I just liked the love story and thought it was sweet and Julia Roberts was funny. We played the VHS tape we had of Pretty Woman to death and I still haven’t got around to getting it on DVD or Blu-Ray because it’s on TV so often that I can deal with my craving that way.
So what are your favourite films? And do you agree with me that a favourite film doesn’t necessarily have to be a “good film” but one that you can get endless enjoyment out of?