Movies for Motivation: How to Stay Strong in Difficult Times I outline three factors of how movies can help you:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments
For me, the first factor is very important as I always want to be entertained by a film and escape into another world for awhile. This usually leads to the 2nd and 3rd factor if the movie has stories and movie heroes that inspire. And sometimes there are films that I initially have no interest in seeing and yet am drawn to because of my gut feeling or intuition. Or if a film is nominated for an Oscar or other awards it peaks my curiosity. This happened with Django Unchained.
Django Unchained (2012)
The American western film, Django Unchained is about a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) who teams up with a slave he freed named Django (Jamie Foxx). Together they track down wanted criminals and then set out to rescue Django’s wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). The film is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino so it is overflowing with his trademark dialogue, over-the-top violence and unique mashup of cinematic styles and soundtrack songs.
From the opening scene I was immediately drawn into the movie especially with Waltz’s charismatic performance of Schultz. I loved how articulate he was and how he followed a code of ethics that he always communicated with extreme confidence. He inspired me to emulate the same confidence in my life and profession. And Schultz inspired me in how he treated Django like an equal human being and together they achieved many goals. These movie heroes could inspire you too.
Sometimes there are films you have no interest in seeing and yet, when the time is right, they can help re-energize your spirit and fill you with insights for improving your life or career. Most importantly, movies are meant to entertain and help you escape for awhile. Be open to a meaningful, unexpected cinematic experience coming to you today!
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