Watching movies can give us a great deal of relaxation and happiness, especially for people who have creative and imaginative minds. There are various movie genres to choose from depending on your preference, but sci-fi movies or movies based on science fiction can add more color to our imagination. They can help diffuse stress and make us forget our troubles for a while.
Studies show that watching movies can help with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. It provides us a temporary escape from our daily struggles and therefore relieves us of stress. Of course, not all movies are meant to lift our mood. Some are primarily a reflection of the negativity of the world we live in, so it is still recommended to choose your movie lineup carefully. Remember, “A good movie prompts us to think. Aspects such as gaps in time and underdeveloped characters could be the foundation for film critique, or opportunities for your own truth.” Shainna Ali Ph.D., LMHC said.
Sci-Fi Movies To Watch:
- Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a movie about magic. The story revolves around a young wizard who was destined to win over the dark lord who wanted to rule over the world of magic. This story consists of seven books, dividing the seventh into two, making eight movies in all. The whole world was fascinated with the originality and uniqueness of the story at the time of its first launch. Until now, even if the story came to an end, Harry Potter is still celebrated all across the globe, having its merchandise sold everywhere. The cast grew up to be mainstream actors in Hollywood.
Harry Potter takes us to the magical world of wizards. It gives us a glimpse of what it’s like in a place where we can quickly solve some challenging things in the real world with just a swish and flick.
- Lord Of The Rings
The Lord of The Rings enchants the audience with a story about the desire for power. The world is composed of different races, each one with unique capabilities. It shows how unity can defeat one strong enemy who sides with darkness. In the story, a hobbit holds the faith of the world even without having unique strength or power compared to the rest. He was chosen because he had no desire to rule or claim over the world. He just wanted to live peacefully.
The Lord of the Rings fascinates us with the diversity of characters and history of each race, how they are all equally important to the balance of goodness and evil. The story gives us an in-depth understanding of how this world works and how we, no matter how small, could make a difference and save humanity. After all, “The idea is to choose movies with themes that mirror your current problem or situation.” Gary Solomon, Ph.D., MPH, MSW said.
Avengers is a movie about superheroes who are meant to protect and save the world from evil forces. Each character has a unique personality and ability that contribute to the invulnerability of the team. Their capabilities are used to bring balance as evil spreads throughout the universe.
It stirs the mind of the audience. Each character displays a fantastic strength that we all would want to have. It also tells us that our capabilities come with responsibilities. The strongest are the ones with the power and duty to protect those who cannot fight for themselves.
- Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park is a story about extinct creatures that once ruled the world. It shows us the “what if” of humans and dinosaurs having to exist at the same time. In the story, the audience will realize that there is a reason why Mother Nature had decided to wipe out their species – to give way to the survival of humanity.
We love stories that give us the thought of certain possibilities, and Jurassic Park gave our mind an adventure. It is a story that makes our troubles small compared to the creatures they had to deal with in the movie.
Transformers is a movie about robots from another planet who came to Earth to retrieve or fulfill a long-time mission. It tells a story about how robots and humans work side by side. Again, it is a story of power and how differences can ruin an entire planet. Transformers tells us that if we unite to achieve a particular goal for goodness, there is no way we can’t win.
“Cinema therapy can be a powerful catalyst for healing and growth for anybody who is open to learning how movies affect us and to watching certain films with conscious awareness. Cinema therapy allows us to use the effect of imagery, plot, music, etc. in films on our psyche for insight, inspiration, emotional release or relief and natural change.” –Birgit Wolz, PhD., MFT
In a way, this movie depicts the challenges faced by different generations, and in a way, it encourages us to see ourselves as part of something bigger, something more than just our struggles. Just like in the movie, the main character was an average teenager who wanted approval and attention and had to deal with something from his family’s past that was beyond what his mind could grasp.
The list contains five of the best sci-fi movies ever created. They make our minds wander to a different world. Although they don’t treat mental health problems, they provide relief from stress and give a new perspective. One can see morals and values based on the theme of the movie which is usually how the good always conquers the bad.