Films and how it can have a positive effect
on your life
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Have you ever felt energised after watching a
film? Suddenly whatever that is troubling you, doesn't seem difficult anymore. This is one of the positive effect of
In the film
Groundhog Day, a weatherman
discover that he have to go through the same day over and over again. It was not until he accepted his
situation and start to make positive changes, he could finally move on to a brand new
Films and movies can have positive effect on us;
the viewers and there are several aspects of its influence. They are:
1.Films like books expand our views about the world.
We visit places on screen, discover cultural differences and practices. Sometimes they help shed our
prejudices and improve our understanding about a country or a race. I was enthralled by the wild safari in
Out of Africa, the scenic
route of Europe in
The Italian Job and the
magnificent landscape in
Seven Years in Tibet.
2.A film about human triumphant in spite of
adversities gives us hope. We recognised the emotional trauma experienced by Christy Brown in the film,
My Left Foot and at the
same time we felt uplifted by his achievements as a successful writer. We can also relate the challenges of
family life in
The Other Sister; it makes us
ponder about our attitudes towards certain situation and person.
Forrest Gump was a simple
man. He didn’t become a successful business person due to his intelligence but it was his perseverance and
good intentions that paved way to his success. Films like this tell us that we do not have to possess high IQ
or be scheming to become successful. In fact, it reminds us on the importance of having good integrity and
4.Sometimes, highly intelligent men need help too. In
Good Will Hunting, the main
character has a gift for mathematics but didn’t know he needs guidance to manifest this gift and find
direction in his life. This aspect of the film address the fact that
irrespective of our level of intelligence, we all need some help at some point of our
5.Through the years, films have brought to light
hidden issues such as sexual harassment, homosexuality and HIV. The film
Disclosure has opened up
cases of real life sexual harassment charges. We now have a better understanding about HIV through the film,
Philadelphia and the plight
of gay couples in
Prayers for Bobby.
I have watched
Groundhog Day many times. My
initially reaction to this film was the irritation of its repeated screening on TV. However, as I set aside my
annoyance and open my mind to this film, I began to see the positive effect and it was different every time.
The film had taught me about having good intention in whatever I do and the courage to change my attitude and
values for the better.
The type of positive effect a film has on you could
be different from mine.You could feel enlightened, assured and confident or you could have clarity in
thoughts. It is dependant on our state of mind at that moment and our perception of certain life issues.
Whatever it is, you will know it when it happens.