There are certain movies that give you a feeling inside – chills, for lack of a better term. I’m not talking about horror movies and things like that, I’m talking about movies that send a message or have an outcome that resonates.
The most interesting ones to me are those that stand the test of time, the ones that you watch over and over just because they’re on TV. There are a few that come to mind for me, and although I’m not sure why it happens, it’s one of those really good feelings.
The Karate Kid
Not the Karate Kid Part II, not the Karate Kid Part III and most certainly not the fake Karate Kid with Jaden Smith. There’s something inherent in seeing the good guy win, but there’s something that sweeps over me when Daniel goes into that crane pose and finishes Johnny. When the referee yells “WINNER!” and Mr. Miagyi nods in approval. I feel that chill every time even though I know how it’s going to end. This movie and the outcome and reaction might go back to my childhood, because I was bullied worse than he was and my family never let me sign up for self-defense classes. Now, if I could go back in time, I’d have a black belt and I would know how to use chopsticks (that bugs me too!)
There are two points in this movie where I feel the chill. When the ship reappears at the end after more than 4 minutes and Jim Lovell, played by Tom Hanks, says “Hello, Houston? This is Odyssey. It’s good to see you again.” When everyone at Mission Control and watching TV starts cheering, the chill says that anything is possible and giving up makes no sense. And just after that, when Lovell says “Houston, we’re at stable one, the ship is secure. This is Apollo 13, signing off.” That’s like an extra chill on top of the other one. It’s the official word that everything is OK.
The Green Mile
I’m not even sure where to begin with this movie. There are so many twists and turns and messages and things in this movie that take you on an emotional roller coaster. When John Coffey sucks the disease out of that woman and when he brings the mouse back – those are chill-inducing for sure. But when the elderly Tom Hanks (Paul) is talking to his lady friend and he says “Elaine, I’m 108 years old.” That moment that you realize whatever happened on the green mile led him to live to such an old age. It’s hard to describe the chills there.
Like I said, there are more but those 3 always jump out at me.
What about you? What movies give you those kinds of chills? Tweet me at @scottkleinberg and talk to me in the comments.