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5 films to set you up for 2022

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2022 is upon us. I’m sure we all want this year to be our year, to get out and achieve something or just try and better ourselves in some way. It’s often a little hard to know where to start but a simple way to begin is to ease in by watching some films to match your goals and get a little inspired. 

Legally Blonde

A classic tale of the underdog told in a completely unique way. When Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) decides shes going to go to Harvard Law to win back the love of her ex boyfriend she finds herself with a new path and sense of self. A 2000s cult classic with a really inspiring story that told many girls around that you can like pink and successful and taken seriously. 

Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Everyone should start the year by watching this film. The Secret life of Walter Mitty follows… well Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) after the potential loss of his job which leads to an extraordinary and unexpected adventure all the way to Greenland. The film’s focus on taking risks and living your life to the fullest is exactly what is needed at the beginning of the new year. Walter Mitty’s journey represents his and everyone’s possibility for excitement in life.  Life is too short and following Walter Mitty discover this is heart-warming and beautiful. 

Good Will Hunting 

Not only does this film have a stellar cast and possibly Robin Williams’ best performance ever it’s also the perfect film about learning to accept help and reach your potential. Will Hunting comes from a poor background but despite not being able to afford education he is exceedingly bright especially when it comes to mathematics. His talents are noticed by professors but his inability to ask for help holds him back. The discourse throughout between Robin Williams and Matt Damon will make you think a lot about yourself, not just academically but in general about life (without sounding too vague). 

Hidden Figures 

An incredibly inspirational story of three women fighting every odds that were thrown at them. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae play the three women responsible for some of the most important code in NASA history who have been snubbed from the history books for years. Their talent and determination in the face of discrimination shines through. If they can do it then so can you. 

Fighting with My Family 

Maybe the one that doesn’t quite fit with the rest of them on the list but the story is all about family, purpose and achieving your goals your own way by not being afraid to be you. One of Florence Pugh’s first performances as she plays Saraya Knight, a young and ambitious wrestler from the North of England, who is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. Within her journey to WrestleMania she must find herself, make her family proud and finally achieve her lifelong dream. A different take on ambition and family that will make you think about how to actualise your goals this year.

Feature image credit: Charlotte Sutcliffe / IMBD

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Film, Media and Journalism student who writes about things that catch her interest. Instagram @charlsutcliffe

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