How a Movie can Make us Thankful and Give us Hope

Although it is viewed as one of the biggest movie clichés of all time, sometimes it is good for us to watch a movie about a protagonist who is down on their luck and does what they can to overcome all odds. Wendy and Lucy is an independent film that was released in 2008 that follows this type of plotline.

Wendy is a young woman who travels to Alaska with her Dog named Lucy. She is going in hopes of starting a new life, on the small budget of $500. Unfortunately her car breaks down in Oregon and she has no hope of fixing it, so she is forced to walk. Things just get worse from there, and she has to do things like sleep in the woods (which probably wouldn’t have been so scary to her if she ended up finding the right headlamp to see in the dark), and other desperate things just to survive. Her financial situation crumbles around her, and all the while, you are hoping that things get better for her. Even though, in the back of your mind, you figure that they won’t.

These types of movies aren’t as popular as they used to be, because they are a worn out trope. That said, it is sometimes a necessity to be reminded that there are people out there who suffer great catastrophes. Even though the odds are against them, they keep going. They don’t stop because the world does not let them stop or take a break. If they do, they will cease to exist or be put in a situation that they can’t get out of.

Seeing movies like this help us reflect on our daily problems. We realize how little our problems are in relation to problems other people in the world are suffering, and sometimes how we are too quick to give up. But aside from that, they show us that if we are willing to fight and work our way through a problem, no matter how big, we can overcome it. They also show us that we should be thankful for what we have, and even though we may not have a whole lot, we still have something to give thanks for.

I understand that this sounds like a really bad speech that a kindergarten teacher gives to her class just before they are getting ready to go on Christmas break, but it is amazing how quick we forget these things. It’s easy for us to forget that there are others who are less fortunate than we are (check out this article and see for yourself). It is very easy for us to overlook the homeless person on the street begging for money, or the child walking home from school in winter without a coat.

We really don’t think of these things because we are wrapped up in our own world of social media and technology to notice the things that are going on around us. We are sometimes too busy with our own minor problems to see the big picture. We think that one little problem is the end of the world and that nothing will get better.

Try seeing one of these movies that has this “clichéd” message. Give Wendy and Lucy a try for that matter. It will give you a nice catharsis, and give you hope during even your most distressed times.

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