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3 Movies that Will Make You Question Your Life4 min read

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There’s an equivalence between how seriously I take my movies and how I’d raise my child in this world. 

Let me explain.

Stories have made us the person that we are today. Whether you’re a son, a daughter, an accountant, or you’re still not sure, they have a tremendous power to let us decide on crucial things in our lifetime. A story can unite things — a lesson, wisdom, tragedy, and whatever path that may be taken by any.

These narratives alternated into motion pictures are your second chance of gasping that understanding, making you a multidimensional character in your own movie

Without further ado, here’s my list of those mentioned narratives, turned into the most profound insights that I adopt in my today’s existence:

Fight Club (1999)

“You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis. You are all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”

The biggest questions often asked by Hollywood typically revolve around, “What is your passion?” or “What’s your dream? Go chase it! Because anyone can make it if you will it!” These two have been chasing you since the beginning of time, making you decide on something that has to be decided, a vague belief, and your American dream. Well, Brad Pitt has something to say about that, and it slapped. Me. Hard. 

We let our world decide who we are and not otherwise. Our identity has to be a position in a company, an admirable GPA, or whose daughter you belong to. Otherwise, you’re not worth seeing because you’re not unique. No concrete entity that you can hold on to.

Nevertheless, we are all nobodies. 

Doctor Strange (2016)

“Arrogance and fear still keep you from learning the simplest and most significant lesson of all. It’s not about you”

We’ve had our shares of flying spider, fearless captain, and all that next-level A.I. recreation. 

But this one hits different. Marvel decided to go back and define technology in the simplest manner possible, the power of mind over matters. This, however, has its intricate plot which brings people to a state of almost seriousness. It’s beautiful to see a man humbled by his saddening fate, but, it is more rewarding to witness an event of a surrendered, broken, doctor accepting his loss and crushing his ‘know-it-all’ attitude and grow out of it.

We often get swallowed into our own greatness and fortunes, forgetting things that seem to be beneath us just because they don’t go to the same schools or have other ways of solving things. 

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

“Rain, rain, fall, fall. So happy my big brother came with an umbrella to take me home.”

If you’re not crying or feeling a single, tiniest speck of sadness whilst watching this masterpiece, you’re a certified stone.

The Grave of Fireflies reveals pain and guilt into something beautiful. Setsuko, the sister whose heart is the purest, takes this movie into ultimate devastation.

Themed after World War II, Setsuko and Seita challenged their lives and tried to make the most in the midst of ruined Kobe — surrounded by an egoistic community and a series of distressing events.

Your soul will break into pieces watching Setsuko enjoying every moment alienating herself, in contrast to what’s happening around her. You’d think this is just her childlike innocence, but it’s actually her coping mechanism; carrying her ever-cheerful upbringing strengthens Seita for both of them. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully, this will be made into a series that will make your life even more meaningful ;)!

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