It’s a rainy day, and you’re inside all snug and warm, in the mood for some films. But what to choose? If you’re unsure and would rather avoid wasting time scrolling through the huge selection on Netflix, here are some films available on the platform to go with the mood.
Always Be My Maybe
If you are like me, rainy days, while being cosy and comfortable, can also feel rather gloomy. I often find myself in need of a mood booster.
For moments like that, Always Be My Maybe is a great pick. The feel-good rom com follows two childhood friends who reconnect after spending sixteen years apart. They seem to belong to two separate worlds, as Sasha Tran (played by Ali Wong, who I find incredibly funny) becomes a famous chef after leaving her home town, while Marcus Kim (portrayed by Randall Park) seems to be stuck, singing in a small local band and helping his father with work.
It’s funny, it’s cringey (only once or twice), and it’s romantic. Plus, it has Keanu Reeves, who definitely steals the show. It’s a great film to make you feel all warm inside and lift your spirits, perfect for those gloomy days.
My Neighbour Totoro
The sound of rain falling against the window is the perfect backdrop to get immersed into a Studio Ghibli film. My Neighbour Totoro is great for those who are just now discovering the work ofHayao Miyazaki, as is for more long-time fans.
In the animated film, we are introduced to Satsuki, a young girl who moves to the countryside with her small sister and their father, so they can be closer to their mother, who is in hospital. The girls discover that their new home and neighbourhood is filled with magical creatures. They soon end up meeting Totoro, who is the keeper of the forest.
My Neighbour Totoro is wonderful because it seems to be made for an ideal world, where there are no villains, no fighting happens, there is nothing scary. It truly makes you feel nostalgic for your childhood days spent outside exploring.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
If staying inside during a rainy day makes you feel a bit trapped, how about escaping with a historical drama? And throw in some romance, too.
The film, an adaptation after the novel with the same title, sees Juliet Ashton (played by the Lily James), a writer from London, trade letters with Dawsey Adams who lives of Guernsey Island. She learns that he is a member of a literary society and decides to visit Guernsey to learn more about it. It’s set in 1946, when the country was getting back on its feet after the Second World War.
Although the title is a mouthful, the story is quite simple yet captivating. Not without ups and downs, the happy ending is inevitable yet still heart-warming.
A rainy day is best spent with good films, and there is always a film to fit the exact mood you are in.