Movies to watch to relieve school stress

Written by Paige Oschwald

This time of year is full of stress. Whether you are preparing for college or struggling with piles of school work, it can sometimes seem like you have no time to take a break. However, it is still important to reserve time for relaxation. A great way to relax your mind is by turning on a movie and allowing yourself to escape for a few hours.

Disney’s “Aladdinwas released last May and is perfect for a quick getaway to Agrabah. The film stars Mena Massoud in the lead role as Aladdin, opposite Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Will Smith as the genie. The movie’s plot is relatively similar to the original animated classic. Six months have passed since the release of this movie, so it may be time to tune in again for a refresher, as the movie is now available to purchase. 

Disney had a busy 2019 and the release of “The Lion King” is the icing on the cake. With an all-star cast of Beyonce, Donald Glover and Seth Rogen, the latest Lion King rendition was a popular hit this summer. The movie is a live-action recreation of the 1994 animated Disney film. Try to beat the African heat this December with a viewing of “The Lion King.

As many of you may have heard, this Springfield High School’s spring production is set to be “Shrek: The Musical.” Many will likely suspect my next movie suggestion to be Shrek, but instead the option has been shifted to the highly successful sequel, “Shrek 2.” The second movie features the returning voice talents of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. “Shrek 2” is set in the fictitious land of Far Far Away, giving the movie a summery feel. The plot is centered around Shrek’s feelings of unworthiness for Fiona based upon his appearance, prompting him to use a potion to turn himself into a man. The story continues with a plot from the Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming and King Harold to turn Fiona against Shrek. 

“Crazy Rich Asians” is also very good if you still have not seen it. The 2018 movie tells the story of Rachel Chu, a typical American forced to endure her fiancé’s strict—not to mention immensely wealthy—family members. The film stars Constance Wu in the role of Rachel, Henry Golding as Nick, her fiancé and Michelle Yeoh playing Rachel’s future mother-in-law. The movie, a modern Cinderella story, received stellar reviews and is based on a novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. 

The stress of school is piling on and it is important to take time out of your schedule to relax. De-stressing is imperative and a movie is the perfect way to calm during this tense time.

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