Movies That Will Get You in the Mood for Spring
Every movie has the feel of a specific season. It helps when the movie takes place in that particular season. Other times, it's because the movie was released at a certain time of year or was seen for the first time during that season. When winter starts to end and Spring begins to emerge, there are certain films that I pull out of my collection to watch and anticipate the warm weather ahead. Here are some of those films below.
The Sound of Music
It helps that this movie is played on TV at Easter time every year for the past several years, but what really puts me in the spring mood is the mountain landscapes and grassy fields. The kids are all outside playing and singing, reminding me that I can once again go outside without a coat, gloves and hat, though probably not in clothes made out of bedroom curtains.
The Secret Garden
Nothing says spring like flowers, and this movie has plenty of them. The tone of this movie starts out dreary and dead, and, like our hero Mary Lennox, transforms into a sunny and colorful landscape thanks to all of the budding plants. It's a good movie to watch when Spring is around the corner and the thaw is just starting to take place.
This movie really has nothing to do with spring, but one year, I got the DVD in my Easter basket so it makes the list. There are more scenes of children frolicking in the garden and the forest as well as colorful images that evoke that spring feeling. England has a similar climate to mine in the mid-Atlantic, and it's nice to see a movie that shows of its sunnier days.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
John Hughes’ classic 80’s teen tale takes place towards the end of the school year with the student escapees cruising the streets of Chicago while their classmates are stuck indoors. Graduation is just around the corner, and the unknown world of college life looms in the distance. Instead of highlighting new beginnings as spring tends to do, it shows how spring can symbolize the end of something. In this case, it’s the end of dodging your school principal as he tries to creep on your bitter sister.
Keeping with the teen theme, this movie takes place in mid-April with college preoccupying mos of Shaun Brumder’s thoughts. In a town where every day is summer, you can see how these beach kids take advantage of their warm spring weather but still have the same concerns as those of us who live in a four season town.
Jane Austen Book Adaptations (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma)
If you’re craving more images of the English countryside after watching The Secret Garden, pop in one of these films to get your fix of sun and flowers. Stripped of modern day distractions, it’s easier to focus on how the characters in these movies interact with each other and their simple but beautiful environments.
The Princess Bride
This colorful adventure story awakens the magical spirit of spring. Just like the little boy listening in bed, we are transported to this faraway land full of mythical figures and magical places, expanding our imaginations so that when we do venture outdoors, we seek out adventures of our own.
There aren’t too many movies about Easter, let alone the 40 days of Lent, but here is one. There’s more chocolate eating than a Willy Wonka movie, despite the religious restrictions imposed upon the townspeople. Spring is a time to bend the rules and go crazy, and these characters run with that premise, even if it is typically done behind closed doors. You're also reminded about how Spring brings gossip as neighbors come out of hibernation to catch up on the latest local scandals.
My Girl 2
Taking place during her spring break, Vada Sultenfuss is off on an adventure across the country to Los Angeles, far from her familiar, comfortable life in Philadelphia. Unlike the rest of us, who spent our spring break catching up on our favorite TV shows and putting off homework,Vada does something extraordinary with her time off and comes into the spring of her own life, being renewed with a better understanding of her mother's history and her own.
Get your copy of My Girl 2 to watch each spring.
Forrest Gump is an outdoorsy guy. He likes to run, cut grass and sit in trees, giving us real world ideas about what we can do now that the weather is finally warm. He is an ambassador of spring and makes us ready to take off our boots and slip on a brand new pair of Nikes.