Monday Musings: My Top Five Favorite Movies

It’s been a long weekend, so this morning I’m keeping it light: here are my top five favorite movies (to this point in my life) and the reason why they made the list.

In absolutely no particular order:

  1. Thor: Ragnarok
    • It’s Korg. No, it’s Thor’s haircut. No, no, it’s Loki declaring Asgard’s savior has arrived. Okay, so maybe it’s all three. The humor, the cinematography, the evolution of a Marvel franchise I originally ignored. The new director, the breath of fresh air, and that scene with Matt Damon, Luke Hemsworth, and Sam Neill. Dr. Strange, the touching good-bye in Norway, the scene on the bridge where Thor comes into his own – yup, Thor: Ragnarok is plain awesome.
  1. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    • If I had to pick only one animated Disney film to watch the rest of my life, it would be this one. The characters, that library, the sacrifice for true love, it’s just too sweet. 
  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    • I’m not going to ramble about this series. Or the fact that I technically chose three movies to fill one spot. You can’t have one without the other two, anyway. This series will go down as a classic, both for it’s breathtaking views along with it’s heartfelt story telling. When I’m seventy-five years old having a movie marathon, and my grandchildren look at me and ask, “Really?” my response will be, “Always.”
  1. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
    • True story: my mom took us to see this when it was released because it had three sisters in it and I am one of three sister. Frankly, I didn’t get it. Granted, I was 11 and didn’t have a clue who Jane Austen even was. As a grown woman who has read every Jane Austen novel and seen countless movie and mini-series adaptations of her novels, I can honestly say this is one of my favorite movies of all time. Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman – you can’t go wrong. Sense and Sensibility is a wonderful story and this adaptation is a wonderful telling of that story.
  1. Captain America: The First Avenger
    • I started with a Marvel movie, and I am ending with a Marvel movie. World War II history fascinates me, so the time-frame of this movie was a draw from the start. The heart of Steve Rogers, an underdog who was born trying to do right, was the second draw. And honestly, there are few heroines like Peggy Carter – I’m still waiting for that dance with her and Cap. For a comic book movie, this is a beautiful film.  

What is one of your favorite movies? Why?

– Melinda

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