I have come to realize that I like movies that are…well, not deep. But somehow delight and deliver a sense of happiness.
Two key cases here:
1. Subway (video attached). There is no plot. Seriously. None. Don’t bother looking for it. But it looks sooo good and has great energy. I’ve been fond of this since Mr Roberts played it for us during double A level French and the scene with Ms Adjani slowly divesting herself of her clothes imprinted itself on my 15 year old mind. I’ve come back to it several times since, and you know what? I love it. It instantly evokes a warm feeling in me. I know the set pieces, I know the jokes, and it all amounts to nothing. But it is beautiful (like most Besson pics), and Adjani has never been more…luminous. Eric Serra kills with the tune. You finish it, you get up and wonder what you just did for the last couple of hours. Answer comes there none, but what a great void.
2. That Thing You Do. I defy anyone to not feel better after this movie. Surefire cure for the blues. And it is o light a movie. Music, love story, happy ending, done. But you’re smiling at the end. (And if you want slightly more layered plot, the D’s cut evolves the Tom Hanks character a bit more). But it’s all bright colors, jangly tunes, pretty people and a good time.
So what do you love that is just feelgood light? Music helps, and so do bright colors and directors who make really great looking movies. But slight. No portentous message, no deep Day-Lewis Oscar performances. Just…good nice fun.