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Movies to Watch on Days When You Need an Escape Hatch

We dissociate from ourselves, our days, and reality – a classic symptom of a bad day. While there is no doubt that you should do your best to pull yourself out of any slump, I believe there are some days when you should just let your mind be. Give in to your laziness, to your inability to be positive.

Why? It is the logic you use with everyone else – acceptance and understanding. Accept that you are allowed to have bad days, slow days even. Understand that sometimes it is your body asking you to stop and take a minute. Please take a minute to figure out what you need to reassign your energies to parts of you that may need it. Take a minute and breathe. 

On such days, I let myself dissociate from reality and live life how my wandering mind wants to. And what better way to do that than to watch movies that will transport you from one world to another? From one time to another and from one reality to a figment of someone’s imagination. 

So, here are a few movies to watch on days when you want to live a different life, in a different era, and on unexplored terrains.


1. Pride and Prejudice  

If you’re a classic English literature freak like me, this movie will be nothing short of a 2-hour delight. Set in the late 1700s, it is a slow-moving, yet speedy display of the satirical, dramatic, and intense life of a family swayed by England’s frightening societal standards at the time. 

Brought to life by Jane Austen in her 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice stars Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike as two of the five daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. It revolves around them finding love and marriage in times uncertain for families that produce no male heirs.

The movie will transport you to a time too long ago and give you a steady mix of drama and romance, joy and sadness

This makes for an excellent movie to let yourself dissociate and come back to your own time because it will probably make you realize that living in this era is much better than living in the 1700s in England. 


2. Shutter Island 

A Martin Scorsese masterpiece, Shutter Island stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo in a thrilling mystery that will have you at the edge of your seat from start to end. This movie follows the life of DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels and will have you questioning everything you thought was really on its little island of nightmares. 

Ranking as one of the best movies of 2010, this movie has turns and twists that will leave you wondering what to believe and more baffled with every scene. Starting at an acceptably slow pace, the movie picks up soon enough to create a mystique around the whole plot, and nothing will quench your thirst for answers.

Nothing like a good thriller to leave your reality behind for a few hours!


3. The Age of Adaline  

Starring Blake Lively in this fantasy-romance film, the movie is beautifully scripted and well-acted. Adaline Bowman is shown as a 29-year-old who has remained that age for decades. She puts up walls so that no one can get close enough to her to discover her secret, but all of that comes crashing down when she encounters a man named Ellis Jones. 

The movie reels you with its unique plot and keeps you hooked with its brilliant execution. As it moves along, secrets are slowly revealed, and it is safe to say that the journey does not disappoint. From start to end, The Age of Adaline will allow you to immerse yourself in a world far from reality. It will let you reimagine the way life could be and won’t even leave you feeling blue when you come back to this world.


4. Dead Poets Society 

When most people think of this movie, they think of the many famous quotes it is home to. Like- 

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, and engineering are noble pursuits necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

This quote, if you look close enough, says a lot about how we really think and how we should be thinking instead. Appreciating the reasons why there is a hint of joy in our lives and living the way we were intended to.  

Dead Poets Society focuses on a teacher – John Keating – and his students. He tries to teach them the true meaning of life at a prep school focused on creating intelligent yet disconnected robots. Offbeat, unique, and admirable are a few words we could use to describe how he conducts his classes, but all-in-all, I think this movie will leave you romanticizing your life and appreciating the seemingly small things. It allows you to escape your world for a minute and delve into a world just as pained but slightly more bearable. 

Brilliant for a watch when you need an escape hatch that doesn’t go too far, and on a rainy day, that makes the blanket and couch your best friend. 


5. The Holiday

Starring four very well-known actors with highly versatile and expansive talents, this movie makes for a beautiful Christmas evening watch or even on any other day. Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black, and Jude Law play the four characters in focus as Winslet and Diaz’s characters swap homes and live for a few weeks. 

With the characters wanting to get away from their reality just as much as you, it makes the whole movie more relatable while also adding a hint of miracles and magically timed coincidences. 

Brilliantly directed and acted, with a harmonized rhythm and flow throughout, this masterpiece for the soul is scored by Hans Zimmer, who adds even more flavor to the pot. Conveying the perfect emotions through his compositions for every scene, the movie’s essence is heightened due to all the little details. 


All these movies are personally among the few that have stayed with me and left me wanting more. They are funny, unapologetic, romantic, and even thrilling. Not only do they give you the gleeful taste of a different life, but they also leave you awestruck and uncontrollably curious. Of course, movies like Shutter Island do the same, but the taste they leave behind is undoubtedly not gleeful. Perhaps more enthralling and daunting. 

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