by Alikay Wood
With summer fun coming to an end, there’s no better time to relax and boost your mood with an inspiring movie from the comfort of your own home. Here are seven feel-good movies you can stream on Netflix right now.
Inspired by a true story, this heartwarming film tells the story of Phiona, a young girl from Uganda whose life is changed when a missionary (David Oyelowo) teaches her to play chess. Phiona excels at the game and begins to compete internationally. The glamour of her sport is contrasted with the poverty of her home life where she assists her mother (Lupita Nyong’o) selling food at the market to provide for their family. Read our inspiring interview with Nyong’o on her role in Queen of Katwe.
Another movie based on a true story, Lion follows the story of Saroo, a young Indian boy who gets separated from his family and lives on the streets of India before being adopted by an Australian couple. As an adult (played by Dev Patel), Saroo is haunted by memories of the home and family left behind. With the blessing of his adoptive mother (played by Nicole Kidman), he begins a quest to find his mother. Warning: keep some tissues handy because this one is definitely a tear jerker.
If you’re one of the few who missed the chance to see Black Panther¸ the record-breaking blockbuster of 2018, you’re in luck. The blockbuster is now on Netflix. The movie tells the story of the Black Panther, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) prince of the secretly wealthy African country Wakanda, as he becomes king and wrestles with how to lead his country while facing off against a rival to the throne, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Read our interview with co stars Daniel Kaluuya and Winston Duke on the moral question of the film.
Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah star in this feel-good musical about a small town gospel choir. Latifah plays the newly minted choir director, intent on sticking with traditions, Parton, on the other hand, thinks they need to do something new to win the “Joyful Noise” competition. Keke Palmer and Broadway star Jeremy Jordan contribute youthful energy and powerhouse vocals. Featuring gospel standards like “Fix Me Jesus” alongside pop hits like “Man in the Mirror,” the movie is an uplifting reminder of the power of music to bring people together.
Based on the classic 1993 Disney film Newsies, the Broadway adaptation danced its way across the great White Way for two and a half years before being filmed live. Jeremy Jordan stars as Jack Kelly, a newsboy in New York who starts a strike when Joseph Pulitzer raises the price of papers. Featuring classic songs like “King of New York” and “Santa Fe” and show stopping dance numbers, it’s sure to leave you with a smile on your face.
If you’re looking for a film the whole family will enjoy, look no further. The Disney blockbuster follows Moana, a young girl growing up on a tropical island, who longs to venture into the water. But her father, the chief, forbids Moana and the rest of the villagers from traveling beyond the island’s reef. With a little help from her grandmother, Moana teams up with the mythical demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and sets off on the adventure of a lifetime to save her island and her family’s heritage.
In this charming spin-off of Bruce Almighty, Evan (Steve Carell), a congressman, is directed by God to build an ark. Evan tries to ignore God’s commands, but through a series of hilarious incidences—animals follow him to work, he can’t keep his beard from growing—Evan decides to build the ark and use the time to bond with his sons. The film honors the biblical story of Noah while adding a modern message about the importance of family and following your heart.
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