My apologies for the lateness, I have not been able to stop writing my story, but I took a break because I really need to catch up on the movies.
Many movies take us on fantastical adventures, movies that allow us to live in an alternate universe for a precious hour or two, but there is one, in my opinion, that is often overlooked.
Kristian’s 10th underrated movie is:
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007) Directed by Zach Helm
Mr. Magorium owns the greatest toy store in all the world. It’s a place where magic comes alive, the outcasts, misfits, and underdogs thrive. A place where light, hope, and love exist in every corner. A place where time can not touch, the proof is in the 243-year-old store owner. When he decided that it is his time to leave, he bequeaths the store to Molly, the insecure 23-year old who manages the store. The movie also introduces Eric, a quirky hat collector, whose only friends are Mr. Magorium and Molly. Eric just so happens to be a young man stuck between being a child and a teenager, and not really sure where his life is headed, or what he should be doing with his time. We are also introduced to Henry, and accountant Mr. Magorium hires to organize the store’s records as he prepares to hand the store over to its new owner.
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s a great reminder for kids of all ages, that imagination, creativity, and playtime are still a very important part of life, no matter what age we grow to be, even if we live to be 243-years-old. Heart squeezing emotions, that will bring you warmth, comfort, rip your heart out, and make you laugh again!
I think it’s a perfect movie for the current times we are facing, I think we could all use the reminder that the world is as beautiful and kind as we believe it to be, regardless of the darkness of hate that pollutes it.
I recommend pairing this movie with a root beet float and your favorite candy from your childhood. Mine would be SweetTarts, which are still a favorite. Oh, and have the tissues handy. I don’t want to give anything away, but there is a scene that had me sobbing, like ugly-cry sobbing.
Sometimes it takes a heavy heart to remind us of how much we take for granted and this movie is no exception to that rule. A highly underrated Adam Sandler movie.
Kristian’s 11th underrated movie is:
Reign Over Me (2007) Directed by Mike Binder
I forgot how much I love this movie, oh how I love this movie! Adam Sandler’s performance is absolutely amazing! I’m also a big fan of Don Cheadle who stars in the film as well. The movie follows Adam Sandler’s character who is deeply grieving the loss of his family who were killed during the 9/11 attacks in New York City. His pain is so raw and visceral, my heart broke for him from the start! It’s a beautiful story of how love and friendship are so important to help us through those dark times. Another appropriate movie for the current times we are all facing.
I recommend pairing this movie with some hot tea and an entire box of tissues.
I love the heading on the poster, “Let in the unexpected.”
My best friend is moving 10 hours away from me in 2 short weeks, and while I am so happy for her to start this next chapter of her life, I’d be lying if I said I am not also completely heartbroken. Mostly because I don’t know if I’m going to get my chance to say goodbye to her before she leaves due to COVID-19. It’s depressing, and my eyes hurt from crying, so I’m moving on to something a little more upbeat!
Today’s choice, in my opinion, is a highly underrated musical. The music alone is worth watching the movie, the music is absolutely phenomenal!
Kristian’s 12th underrated movie is:
The Commitments (1991) Directed by Alan Parker
This witty, comical, and sometimes dramatic musical shows us the rises and falls of the Dublin soul band, The Commitments.
I know I am being vague with my review of this movie, but I don’t want to give anything away. If you’re like me, this movie will leave you with a yearning to visit Ireland and have you out of your seat dancing along to the music. Seriously, this movie has one of the best soundtracks ever! It’s just so good!
If you have a surround sound system, I recommend watching this movie with the bass cranked up, no food or drink recommendations with this, as you won’t have time, because you’ll be too busy dancing!
Have you seen any of these movies? Did you enjoy them? What underrated movie(s) do you recommend? I would love to read your thoughts.
Love & life lessons,