Films have a lot of power. Within pictures there are thousands of words, within moving tales there are novels. Within words, there is a strength, within strength there is unity. Sometimes it doesn’t matter where you come from, what you look like or what your beliefs are – people can become siblings over fandoms and that’s a beautiful thing.
1. Any Disney film ever
From the classics like Beauty and The Beast, the most beautiful of Snow Whites or the sleepiest of princesses Sleeping Beauty – every Disney film will gave a fond place in my cardiac muscles. Disney taught us from an early age that princes are great, but siblings are better and that we don’t always get what we want but things always work out in the end.
2. Any Pixar film
Kung Fu Panda was a masterpiece, but Jack Black is partly to blame. Ice Age was iconic, yet none of us can look at squirrels or acorns the same. How To Train Your Dragon, however, is a whole new world of awesome. Hiccup is all of us pre-puberty, Toothless is the awkward inner cat that we all want to express even though it’s not always appropriate. Who knew you could want a dragon so much?
Mermaids. H20 Just Add Water, Mako Mermaids or Aquamarine we were all an insight into our inner fish. Our fishy friends taught us to be aware of the sea as it’s not always currents that are bitchy, that we all wanted to see underwater without the weird contact lenses and that sometimes friends are the only foundation you need. Aquamarine also taught us that distance puts no strain on friendships unless you let it. Friends are forever and life is whatever you make it, with or without a tail.
Little Matilda Wormwood. So bright and happy, the girl of her books and brains and everything in between. Wits and whim and wonder keep that girl alive. She has no one else, so she becomes her own best friend and everything else just falls into place. Like the book, we see the world of a girl wise beyond her years unravel – not everything goes her way but the world does her right and perhaps that’s something we can all take from that.
5. Spy Kids
How jealous we all were. The burgers in the microwave to the dancing thumbs, we wanted it all – perhaps not the brother who peed himself all the time, but that’s beside the point. Carmen was the badass we all wanted to be and Jonie was the little boy who blossomed into the brave young man. Shark boy and lava girl vibes were strong, and our desire to be the kids running through video games or zooming around on flying pigs was even stronger.