Hellos and all other greetings to you all. How has your day been so far? I’m hoping it’s all good. Self-esteem, small word which easily catches people off guard when asked the meaning of. What’s your self-esteem? Is it low? Is it alarmingly high? Do you know what it really is?. What I can tell you is that it is a feeling. It is a balance of appropriate confidence in your capabilities and respect for yourself; you figure out the rest yourself okay? That is your journey to take. Today I’ll give you 7 movies to boost your self-esteem… Let’s go!!!
1. Real Women Have Curves
I don’t know if you have read the or watched the play by Josefina López. (…Have you??? How did you find it to be?…do tell me…). Directed by Patricia Cordosa, Real Women Have Curves was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress and as one of the most influential movies of the 2000s. It broke the rules of traditional filmmaking and is viewed as culturally and aesthetically important. It had to be on our list of 7 movies to boost your self-esteem…
The story revolves around an eighteen year old Ana Garcia who just graduated from high school. She is battling between choosing to go to college and staying home to financially support her family. Add to that a very obstinate mother who wants Ana to join her sister at their clothing factory and to play the traditional role of women that has been followed through the generations. She is also curvier than average which does not go unnoticed by her mother, of course. Her father and sister support her dream of going away to college to build a future for herself but surprisingly, her mother does not. Will she break through these restrictions and emotional shackles? You have to watch to know. The movie is definitely about self-esteem and breaking oppressive barriers. Hope it empowers you as much as it did for me and so many others.
Hairspray is one of my most favourite movies ever. Released in 2007, being one of the best musicals and a huge success, it would always remain iconic. Featuring an ensemble cast and fighting against racial segregation, it also deals with self-image, nepotism and corruption. (…what? didn’t expect this much from a movie called Hairspray?…don’t judge a book by its cover!!!…).
The story revolves around 16 year old Tracy who is on the plumper side of the physical spectrum. (…yes, she’s a bit chubby…so what? You got a problem?…). Set in Baltimore Maryland, highschool student Tracy dreams of getting on the dance show of the town. The kids from the show attend her school but one of the shows participants who keeps being at the top of the charts isn’t genuine; the girl’s mother produces the show and uses her influence to keep the girl on top. The show also doesn’t allow African American kids to participate except for one particular day of the week. Tracy is here to change it all. She breaks stereotypes with her positive self-esteem and fight against racial discrimination. It all comes down to one perspective: just be who you are. Give this beauty a watch people!!!!.
3. The Devil Wears Prada
How many of you have watched this?… Come on! You have to have watched this sometime in your existence. Meryl Streep? Anne Hathaway? Emily Blunt? (…remember yet???….). It’s okay if you haven’t. Released in 2007, The Devil Wears Prada is one of the most well-known and successful movies.
The story takes us through the life of Andy (Andrea) Sachs, a young college graduate and her experience with Miranda Priestly. Andy gets selected for the position of junior assistant to Miranda who runs a renowned fashion magazine. (…know Anna Wintour???…). She doesn’t fit the stereotype expected of girls in the fashion world but tries really hard to keep up with Miranda’s demands. She is slowly losing her original self in the process. After being exposed to the cunning workings of the industry in Paris, she decides to retire from there and go back to being herself. Self-esteem? This movie is full of it. Go, give it a watch if you haven’t already.
How can we forget Trolls?. Might not seem like anything more than a kid’s movie but it is so much more.
The happy Trolls are rivaled by Bergens who are a bunch of sad and clueless giants. Bergens believe they have to eat Trolls to be happy. Enters troll princess Poppy living in her troll kingdom hidden from the giants. However, she shows her bravery and determination when she sets out to rescue one of her troll friends who has been taken away to be served to the Bergen Prince. Branch, a grey troll joins in on her mission. On their journey they discover a lot about their emotions and their faith in themselves. Add in a spoonful of music to make it better!. I love the movie and couldn’t image this list of 7 movies to boost your self-esteem without it.
5. Forrest Gump
Yep. It is here, Forrest Gump. The legendary movie starring Tom Hanks. Released in 1994, this legendary movie was also selected for preservation by the Library of Congress. In case you haven’t watched it; go watch it now!.
The film narrates the life of Forrest Gump, a man with low intelligence and a very eventful existence. As we walkthrough the story of his life, we find him in the middle of significant historical events. We meet Elvis Presley, John Lennon, President Nixon, visit the white house, fight in the Vietnamese War and much more. Forrest also grows personally from being bullied to unknowingly causing historical events and finally running for three continuous years. Does he attain peace after all this? watch to to find out. I find the movie very wholesome for our self-esteem. If Forrest can do all of that unknowingly then what can a human do when they actually focus their energy into an idea?.
6. Rise of the Guardians
You absolutely have to have watched this. Come on, it’s such a gorgeous movie. Released in 2012, this animated film would have you believing in the power of faith.
We watch as Jack Frost wakes up in a frozen pond without any memories and then 300 years later is seen making it snow. He is then chosen to be a guardian and called to join North, Toothiana, Sandy and Bunnymund. They’re preparing for the different important events for children such as tooth falling out, dreams at night, Easter and Christmas. But something stands on their way: Pitch Black, the bringer of nightmares who is snuffing out the belief that the children have on the guardians. With no faith, guardians start losing their power. Jack Frost especially doesn’t even know his purpose or identity. How would they save the children from the nightmares? Well, watch to find out. Follow Jack Frost and the guardians as he balances his self-esteem and finds out his worth.
7. Peaceful Warrior
Peaceful Warrior had to be on our list of 7 movies to boost your self-esteem. If you have seen the film, you’d know what I’m talking about. Have you read the book it is adapted from? Fans complain that the movie fails to get the message across. But I think it’s all fine, even if it isn’t a perfect replica of the book, it is beautiful.
In the movie, our protagonist Dan, a young gymnast and University student is going through life fast and restless. He meets an old wise man who seems to understand his problems better than himself and names him Socrates. It takes Dan a nightmare featuring a faceless Socrates, for him to start nudging the latter for pearls of wisdom. He starts taking lessons from him and all seems to go alright until he shatters his femur while driving recklessly. Dan is now hopeless and cannot compete in the National competition. However, he doesn’t give up and turns it all around. It is a rebirth for him and Socrates is to be credited for his new mindset. The film shows how he built his self-esteem and confidence when most would’ve given up.
So, I have given you seven movies to watch. I hope they help with your self-esteem issues. They all represent us in a way. We often are so broken that we resort to various defensive mechanisms or choose to ignore the problems. I hope these stories teach you some things about having faith in yourself and persevering where necessary. Other surefire movies to make you feel all warm and nice include: Legally Blonde, Little miss Sunshine, August Rush, Matilda, Literally most of the Barbie movies and much more that I shouldn’t waste your time with. Wouldn’t want you to get an information overload.
Tune in to any of them when you’re down. I hope they make you feel inspired and motivated. How are you all doing this Pandemic? Are you all safe and healthy?. I sure do hope you are.