By: Josi Salvadori
Finding it a little tough to get back into the swing of second semester? Maybe you need a little inspiration to put the pep back into your step and to get the ball rolling when it comes to buckling down and doing some work. These three, very different movies have been carefully selected to help inspire and motivate you into doing well and achieving the goals that you have set out for yourself for the last leg of 2017, no matter how hard the end result may appear to be.
This light-hearted American comedy stars Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher and Jorma Taccone. The film focuses on Rod (Samberg), an amateur stuntman who wishes to gain the respect of his mentally abusive step-father Frank, by finally kicking his butt. When Frank falls ill, Rod tries to formulate a plan in order to raise money for his step-father’s heart operation that will keep him alive, allowing Rod to battle him in a fight that may eventually lead to Frank’s approval of Rod. As bad as Rod may be at doing stunts, he is an extremely determined young man who does everything in his power to raise enough money for Frank’s operation. He keeps on going, no matter how big of a fool he may come across as to others.
Good Will Hunting:
This Academy Award winning drama includes the famous Hollywood duo, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who not only starred, but also co-wrote this brilliant piece of work. Damon stars as the lead role, playing an incredibly bright twenty-year-old named Will, who does not realise his potential in the subjects of chemistry and mathematics. As the story progresses, Will begins to think about his future whilst confronting his past and coming to terms with the fact that he needs to turn his life around. This film is an eye-opener that will definitely encourage students to find and embrace their true, hidden talents no matter how tough life may get.
The Pursuit of Happiness:
The Pursuit of Happiness is another inspirational tear-jerker starring father and son, Will and Jaden Smith. After being evicted from their apartment, Chris (Will) and his son find themselves with nowhere to go, moving from shelter to shelter and trying to stay off of the streets. Even though Chris lands himself an unpaid internship gaining valuable skills at a top brokerage firm, this father and son still have to face to hardships of daily life. Chris refuses to quit and despite all that this duo go through, they keep pushing to make a better life for themselves.
So there you have it, three very different yet truly moving movies that can be watched over and over again without getting boring, in order to get you pumped and motivated to do well right up to the end of this second semester