None of us are strangers to struggle. We've all been sick. We've all been worried about a loved one. Probably all of us have been concerned about our financial futures. And so, maybe Covid 19 should just go on the list with the rest of our hard times as nothing special. But it won't, will it? There's something different about this. It's different because we have never lived through a pandemic that changed daily life so dramatically for the entire world.
Yes, this is different.
I have three more movies for you this week, inspiring films to remind you to look up, but I encourage you to use media as a drug only occasionally. Instead of trying to survive this time, try to thrive. If you suddenly have more time on your hands, invest it in new skills, in gardens, in relationships. Be smart, huddle in at home. But don't huddle in fear.
1. Harriet. It's hard to believe anyone hasn't seen Harriet yet, but this would be a good time for a re-view, don't you think? And if you haven't seen it… for goodness' sake, dude, stop what you're doing and make it happen! While it doesn't stay 100% true to details, it seems to encompass Harriet Tubman's stubborn courage, faith, and sense of responsibility very well, and I recognized most of the events portrayed in the film from a book Trooper and I read about her.
Find Harriet here.
2. I Feel Pretty. I rented this movie with low hopes, knowing from the preview that it would be crude, and figuring that all the funniest parts were probably in the preview because that's how it usually works. Despite my reservations, the main premise attracted me. What if we all woke up believing we were drop-dead gorgeous? The idea was sound enough to convince me to pick it up at Redbox.
I was beyond impressed.
Yes, there is a kind of goofy sex scene that can be zipped through pretty easily, but other than that, I found it surprisingly clean. Not perfect, but for a PG13 comedy, not bad at all. I hate when writers don't have anything genuinely funny to say, so they fill space with vulgarity and cheap, brainless innuendo. This movie wasn't like that. It was funny, but more than that, it had heart and depth I hadn't anticipated. Secondary characters were like real people with actual perspectives and personalities, rather than caricatures stuck in place simply for the next gag. The main character has an actual character arc! Definitely not for kids, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It did a fantastic job of showing the power of self-perception.
Find I Feel Pretty here.
3. The Biggest Little Farm. This is actually a documovie about a couple who leaves their home in the city to take over a dead farm in the country. Over the course of years—despite setbacks involving pests, coyotes, drought, flood, and more— their efforts bring life to a desert, resulting in a bounty of organic foods. This isn't a movie with a plot, it's a story of two people and the others who come together with them to make something great out of something no one would want for a backyard. This spoke to my deep need to be close to nature, to work with it toward healing for the planet and for us. I don't have investors to help me turn my yard into a chemical-free paradise, and I don't think my husband is ready to start looking for organic farming start up money, but I have taken steps. And while we're home for a couple of months, we're building garden beds to go with our trees and ducks. Even if you live in an apartment, with no interest in farms whatsoever, you may find yourself inspired to start a patio or window garden.
Find The Biggest Little Farm here.