6 Amazing Movies I Watched on the Plane

Besides transporting one to a fabulous faraway destination, another good thing about long-haul flights is that you get to catch up on all the movies you've been meaning to watch but just haven't got around to.

And that's exactly what I did on our trips to and from Japan recently.

On the day-time flight across to Tokyo, I watched 4 movies!

1. Wonder

Oh boy, get the tissues ready because this one tugs at the heartstrings something chronic. And it confirms how important it is to always be kind. Cheesy or not, I love that message and can watch movies like this every day of the week. 4/5

2. The Greatest Showman

Yes, this is a musical, but it's also a feel-good movie that is uplifting and carries with it the beautiful messages of being proud of who you are, happy to be you and being accepting of everyone. I loved it. 4/5

3. The Shape of Water

Despite this film winning the 2018 Academy Award for best picture, I wasn't sure that I wanted to watch it. But I'm so glad that I did because it was a beautiful story, filled with love, care and (again) acceptance. 4/5

4. Moana

And then when I had cried and laughed through 3 heavy-ish movies, it was time for Disney. And what a cute movie this was. I know it's not new, but I hadn't seen it yet and it was a very sweet tale with the most amazing photorealistic 3D animation. Definitely worth a watch for some light entertainment. 3/5

Then on the way home, I watched another two great movies:

5. Wind River

I loved this movie. The material covered is harrowing, but the story is set in a beautiful part of America and opened a window into a little-known community and the people who live there. Good acting and a great lesson about grief and how to live through it. 4/5

6. Call Me By Your Name

Oh, what a beautiful movie depicting such strong emotion and a very real love experience that everybody can relate to and feel. A movie that transports you to a beautiful countryside and also to parts of your mind and your heart that holds deep emotion and love. And crazily enough, there was a lesson in there about grief again. Pretty much the same lesson as the previous movie I'd watched - that one has to move through and feel the grief in order to access the precious happy memories made before. Because if you don't, you run the risk of losing those memories altogether. 4/5

And there endeth the lesson. Hahaha. No seriously, maybe I picked up on the grief lesson similarity because I'm in need of the lesson, who knows?

Also, all of these movies seem to have a recurring theme of showing humanity that we need to be accepting of those who are different to us, more tolerant and most importantly kind. Or is that just my perception?

Movies are instrumental in influencing society, with their slick editing, delivering messages that relay what we want and need society to be at this point. I think we all need more kindness, tolerance and acceptance at the moment, don’t you? And I for one enjoyed these beautiful works of art that taught me a thing or two and made me feel good doing it.

Have you watched any good movies lately? Any recommendations? Any comments on the movies I watched? I'd love to hear from you.

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