5 Movies to Enhance Your Summer


Hafsa Balki, Staff Writer

There are countless sources of summer entertainment that students can seek when school ends for the year. These activities range from reading, and writing, to all kinds of different(board and video). But a popular option may often turn to is watching movies. There is admittedly nothing better than lounging on your bed or couch and indulging in a captivating movie! 

So many factors play a part in the quality of this entertainment, such as the actors’ abilities to perform in their role and portray the necessary emotions.  The director, videographer and especially the score of the film make up a huge part of the film. Today I present to you a select few of my ultimate favorite movies I believe would be worth your time this summer!

1: Wall-E. This is, in my opinion, a classic. I have watched this movie one too many times and it never fails to make me nostalgic and appreciative of older Pixar movies. Wall-E follows a robot named Wall-E, who is the only functioning thing left on Earth, programmed to clean up all of the trash on the planet. But the twist about Wall-E is that he has developed a personality, which is very unusual for a robot. One day EVE, a robot sent from a satellite, lands on Earth and Wall-E falls in love with her. This is as much as I will say, but I would recommend it to anyone who has not seen it. 

2: Interstellar. Even if you are not a fan of science fiction, I can guarantee that anyone who enjoys a movie that makes you think about new things, would love this one. The story is set in a dystopian world where there is a lack of resources on Earth to support human life. The main character, Cooper, is sought out by a space company to find another habitable planet. The movie is a rollercoaster of emotions and I really enjoyed it!

3: Atonement. This movie is beautiful but quite devastating. If you are not a fan of sad endings, either prepare yourself or skip this one. It follows a couple – Cecilia Tallis and Robbie Turner – who are separated due to an unfortunate misunderstanding by Cecilia’s sister, Briony. This story takes place in England during the second world war. The entire movie has a melancholy tone that matches its plot, and it was also originally a novel.

4: Pride and Prejudice (2005). I truly feel that this movie is a perfect recreation of the novel by Jane Austen. We follow Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters- English girls who are faced with the question of marriage. The main draw of this movie is the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, a perfect example of the enemies to lovers trope. It teaches the importance of family relationships and has lessons about morality. For this reason, this movie is a perfect option for anyone to watch and reflect on.

5: Joker (2019). I am sure almost everyone has seen the 2019 Joker, but if you have not, make it a priority right now. If you need any convincing, Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar for his role as Arthur Fleck. I’m sure everyone knows the story of the Joker, but just as a reminder, keep reading. Arthur is a clown who fails at his job and eventually goes insane after being outcast and mistreated by society. Even if you have not watched the movie, you may know Arthur’s famous dance on the stairs or the Murray show scene. Just a disclaimer, it can be a disturbing movie to watch for some, so make sure to look out for the warnings as always.

There is, of course, a neverending list of movies that deserve a place on this list, like: 10 Things I Hate About You, Inception, Shutter Island, The Shawshank Redemption, and Fight Club. We have all worked hard this year and the transition back to in-person school took a toll on everybody. This summer vacation is our opportunity to make sure we destress and focus on ourselves. I hope everyone has a great summer!