One of my favorite things to do with my mom is to watch movies. And I can confidently say that I converted her into a British cinephile as well. I have successfully converted her into a snobby film critic like myself-- we only appreciate the finest of films, darling. Anyways, this mother's day is forecasted to be rainy and miserable (my favorite kind of weather), so I'm going to take my lovely mother out to eat fine food and watch a fine film. I have compiled a list of my favorite films to watch with my mom, and maybe you will be inspired to spend an evening cozied up with your mom watching a great film.
Directed by Paul King
For the moms with young children. When you have little kids, mother's day may feel more like a chore than a luxury day dedicated to you. But that doesn't mean you can't kill two birds with one stone: entertain the kids while still enjoying your family on your special day. Paddington is a fantastic family film that will entertain the whole family. (Side note, I saw Paddington in the cinema with my mom, and it was filled with little, crazy children... It was quite a bizarre experience as the films I see in cinema is usually filled by the nursing home's residents on their day out). Paddington, based on Michael Bond's famous little bear, follows the story of a Peruvian bear who's home is destroyed in an earthquake and is forced to find a new home in England. Shortly after arriving in London via Paddington station (hence, he is named Paddington), the little meets the Brown family, and soon Paddington finds himself in a whirlwind adventure with his new family. Paddington is a heartwarming film about family, acceptance, and bravery. Both the kids and the moms will find something to love in his live-action remark of on of England's national hero.
Directed by Sarah Gavron
For the moms with girl power in their blood. Suffragette is one of my favorite films for a number of reasons: the cast is filled with some of my favorite ladies ever (Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Annie-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai... Shall I continue?), it's written by my all time favorite screenwriter (three cheers for Abi Morgan!), it's directed by a fantastic woman (three cheers for Sarah Gavron), and, to top it all off, it's a film about some of the most influential women in the world. This film not only preaches the power and importance of women, but it completely embraces it. This film was conceived, produced, directed, and performed by incredibly talented and influential women, which is something that is rarely seen in the movie business. So, I love this film not only because it is an incredible story, but because of the message it sends to young girls aspiring to be in the movie business. And if your mom is as much as feminist as mine, she will love this film too.
The Theory of Everything
Directed by James Marsh
For the moms who are true romantics. The Theory of Everything is not your typical romantic movie... It has maths in it. Only joking... There are only a few mentions of maths. The Theory of Everything tells the story of Jane Wilde and Stephen Hawking's relationship from their early days in Cambridge to Stephen's diagnosis to their ultimate breakup. This film is a beautiful depiction of the true hardship love; it doesn't have a happy ending, but neither does life. It's lead by the immaculate Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, who bring Stephen and Jane to life on screen. This film celebrates life and love, but it also brings to life the woes and pain of living. The Theory of Everything is a real tear-jerker, but it's a cathartic cry. The one's you need every now and then.
Bridget Jones's Diary
Directed by Sharon Maguire
For the moms who are true girly-girls. Bridget Jones's Diary is an unabashedly girly film: it's got hot English men, it's got a complicated love triangle, and it's got a happily ever after (with her hot English man). But, most importantly, what it has is a social inane main character, pretentiously uptight Mr. Darcy, and Hugh Grant, which is truly the reasons we all love Bridget. Bridget Jones's Diary is the epitome of a British rom-com, but it's fabulous ludicrous characters, who just can't seem to do anything without messing everything up, is what makes it a classic. Everyone can relate to Bridget's horrendously awkward situations, even if you're not a social inept Brit. Bridget Jones's Diary is a fantastically fun film to enjoy with your mom this mother's day (maybe skip though if you're a son...).