In most movies, men are usually strong and heroic characters who save the damsel in distress. Here are films that look at the changing role of dads and give us insights into the male psyche.
By Team ParentCircle
Men’s day has been celebrated for more than two decades now. It is meant to be a day to focus on the health and well-being of men and boys, promote gender equality and celebrate diverse ways of being a man. You can observe Men’s Day by watching movies that celebrate fatherhood with your family. We even have a recommendation for every age-group!
Finding Nemo (3–5 years)
Here’s proof that extraordinary circumstances make heroes of ordinary men. Well, in this case, fish. When young Nemo is captured by a fishing crew, his father Marlin stops at nothing to bring him back — be it dodging file-toothed sharks or jellyfish stings. He sets off on a terrifying expedition that takes him far away from home with an unlikely travel companion, braving dangers and achieving the impossible. If that isn’t hero material, what is? Perfect movie for Men’s day!
The Lion King (5–8 years)
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you had a king for a father? Simba’s life as the son of Mufasa, the king of the jungle, is that of bliss. The true and just Mufasa has great influence on his son’s life; so much so that even after Mufasa’s death, Simba draws inspiration from the imagined presence of his father. The memory of his father encourages him to face his problems, instead of running away from them, and eventually helps him win his kingdom back. That, more than the crown and kingdom, is what life is like having a king for a father. The lively songs and beautiful music are added attractions. A must-watch!
Fly Away Home (8–12 years)
Life takes a complete turn for Amy Alden when she is sent to live with her father in Canada after the death of her mother. In the new place, amidst new people, the father-daughter duo goes on something the opposite of a ‘wild geese chase’ — they lead a flock of domestic geese to the safety of a sanctuary. Through the drama, action and adventure, Thomas Alden gets accustomed to fatherhood quite naturally. And you get to watch as father and child find love for each other and bond as a family — a beautiful film to watch with your child.
The Pursuit Of Happyness (12–15 years)
One of the most endearing movies ever made about the father-son relationship. A father who would do anything to make life better for his son and a son who would put up with anything to live with his father; together, they fight through obstacles, suffer through humiliations, struggle through poverty, until things finally turn for the better. It helps that the father-son duo is beautifully portrayed by a real life father-son pair, and it’s based on a true story. For all this and more, it certainly warrants a watch!
Big Fish (15–18 years)
Growing up listening to the extravagant tales of his father’s (Edward) younger years that he believes to be lies — stories of meeting a witch, befriending a giant, working for a werewolf, love at first sight, espionage and escape, and plenty more. Will slowly develops bitterness and resentment towards him. With Edward afflicted with cancer and living the last years of his life, Will tries to put his doubts to rest by investigating his father’s tales. It takes some time and more sickness before Will comes to terms with his father’s love for life and stories. Here’s a movie that beautifully depicts a fragile father-son relationship with colour, wonder and wild imagination. You wouldn’t want to miss this!
So, pick a movie with the help of your child and invite others to join in. In fact, the more the merrier. Then dim the lights, take out the homemade popcorn and press play!
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