You know how sometimes you might hear what a movie is about and then be like, “No thanks” because you think it’ll be too sad? Well I’m here to tell you about 3 movies that just hit the Box and Redbox on Demand that might seem like they could be pretty depressing, but they’re actually all quite uplifting.
I’m going to summarize their sad-sounding plots first and then convince you why you should still check them out!
The Art of Racing in the Rain – The Plot:At the end of his life, a golden retriever named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) reflects back on the lessons he’s learned from his owner Denny (Milo Ventimiglia). What’s that you say? A DOG DIES in this movie?!?! And it stars the dude from that show that makes everyone sob each week??? “COUNT ME OUT!” you might be thinking, and I wouldn’t blame you, because as a dog lover I tend to avoid any movie that reminds me of the pain of losing our own lab. (And I also am one of those people who cries at This Is Us on a regular basis.) But. The difference with this film is that you know from the very beginning that Enzo has lived a long and wonderful life and is about to die, so it’s not like some unforeseen tragedy strikes and throws audiences for a loop. Instead, through a dog’s perspective you experience the ups and downs of racecar-driver Denny’s career and relationships with Enzo, his wife and in-laws, and although you’ll probably still need tissues, the movie delivers a hopeful and positive message overall.
The Peanut Butter Falcon – The Plot: A young man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) escapes from the care facility where he lives and meets up with an on-the-run thief (Shia LaBeouf). Yeah… there are all sorts of things to worry about from that description, huh? But once again, the reality is quite different. In fact, this is such an uplifting and inspirational movie — and Hollywood newcomer Gottsagen is so magnificent in it — that it’s earned rare acclaim from both critics (95% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (a nearly unheard-of A+ Cinemascore). I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say it’s funny and heartwarming, and involves a raft sailing through the Outer Banks … and pro wrestling. I also promise the movie’s title will make sense after you watch it!
The Farewell – The Plot: Relatives return to China under the guise of a fake wedding to see their beloved grandmother one last time after they learn she’s been diagnosed with terminal cancer. “Oh man, now it’s a grandma dying? Surely this is one is a weep-fest!” you’re probably thinking. However, I assure you that it’s flat-out hilarious in parts and never down-and-out depressing. Watch through the credits for the ultimate uplifting ending. This one made my Favorite Movies of the Year (So Far) list, and I know it’ll remain on my final list for 2019 because it’s just that good.