You’ve just finished work, you can barely find the energy to eat your dinner, and you feel like rubbish. What you want is something to cheer you up. The films suggested below are brilliant means of escape from the daily drudgery of life. They are quick solutions and can pick up your mood instantly. 

1. Baby Driver

If you’re a music lover, this film will cheer you up. If you also happen to be a fan of car chases, then Baby Driver is definitely for you. Written and directed by Edgar Wright, the film centres on getaway driver, Baby, who loves music, and it is the soundtrack that makes this film. Don’t be fooled by the seeming predictable trailer. Wright, inspired by the Simon & Gerfunkel song “Baby Driver”, says;

I already had the idea of the movie in terms of getaway driver who is himself driven by music, and then I’d always liked that song. My parents only had a small record collection, but ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ was one of those albums, so I knew every track on that album. Early on, I kind of thought, ‘Oh, Baby Driver, a young getaway driver — that’s the title,’ and it sort of stuck from there.

Edgar Wright

2. Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Gorgeous landscapes and magically funny moments, this Kiwi film is a gem. Directed by Taika Waititi, the film follows delinquent Ricky Baker as he moves in with his new foster family, all the way out in the bush of New Zealand. When tragedy strikes, he finds himself on the run with his foster uncle, Hec, and they come to form an unlikely and unbreakable friendship.

Hec: Pretty majestical, aye?

Ricky Baker: I don’t think that’s a word.

Hec: Majestical? Sure it is.

Ricky Baker: Nah, it’s not real.

Hec: What would you know?

Ricky Baker: It’s majestic.

Hec: That doesn’t sound very special, majestical’s way better.

3. Skeleton Twins

The film may open up with the depressing scenes of estranged siblings, Milo and Maggie, contemplating suicide, but this film is heartwarming, funny, and therapeutic. Milo and Maggie, played by Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig respectfully, reunite and reconcile after their initial contemplation and begin to get to know one another again.

We didn’t really improvise that much but it wasn’t [because of] Craig not allowing it. We just didn’t really have the urge because the script itself was so good.

Kristen Wiig

4. The Royal Tenenbaums

Pastel colours and dry humour pepper this intricate film, directed by Wes Anderson. Royal and Etheline Tenenbaum had three genius children, who all failed to achieve anything in life. They blame this on their father, Royal, who after several years of estrangement, returns to reconcile with them under dubious circumstances.

Royal Tenenbaum: [after he faked a terminal illness, took residence in the house under false pretenses, tried to instigate a fight with his estranged wife’s fiancee, generally lied to his family and was then found out] I know I’m going to be the bad guy here.

5. The Boat That Rocked

Quintessentially British, this film is humorous, silly, and free-spirited. Another one for the music lovers, the film is about a pirate radio station in 1966, when rock’n’roll was only played for an hour a day by the BBC, which spurred music loving DJs to play the genre from boats anchored outside British waters.

Quentin: Ah, Carl. My favourite godson… Have we ever met?

Young Carl: I don’t think so.

Quentin: Good. There was a lost decade in there somewhere. I always have to check.

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