It’s finally time for chilly days, cosy nights, cinnamon cookies and pumpkin spice lattes. But most importantly, it’s time for Autumn cinema!
That means that now (right now) is the perfect time to dig out that old jumper, dust off your biggest coffee cup and make your way through this list of Autumnal cinematic gems.
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)
Kicking off this list is a movie from everyone’s favourite director of Autumn colour schemes, Wes Anderson.
The protagonists of this stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic are creatures that we see more of in the Autumn months, which instantly gives it a seasonal tone. Add to this the warm and Autumnal colour palette, a wonderful story perfect for all ages – including the presence of those all important family values – and you get a great film for a cosy night in with family and friends.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
If there’s just one Harry Potter film to watch at this time of year, there’s no doubt that it’s be The Prisoner of Azkaban. Most of the Harry Potter movies take place around Autumn/Winter time, and we often see reference to Halloween and Christmas. Though it is strong in its Autumnal iconography – the memorable school trip to Hogsmeade, the pumpkins growing in Hagrid’s yard and the woolly jumpers worn by the Weasley’s being great examples – this 3rd Potter instalment also holds a special place in the hearts of so many who grew up with the franchise, making it the perfect film to warm your heart on a dull day.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
In hindsight, you could watch all the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies (if you so wished) as they’re all ideal Autumn movies. But are there any other films from the franchise that inspire a nostalgia in a fun and easy-to-watch way like An Unexpected Journey?
If you’re looking for a film to improve a dreary day without the commitment of taking in everything that is Tolkien, An Unexpected Journey is a great choice, and the ‘Misty Mountains’ scene in particular is bound to send a welcomed chill down your spine. For fans of the franchise, this is the movie that’ll make you want to pack your bags for Bag End and Hobbit hole!
Good Will Hunting (1997)
The first of two Gus Van Sant entries on this list, Good Will Hunting (starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams) embraces difference and encourages self-love against a beautiful, north-western United States autumn back-drop, providing an uplifting story which many people remember for its powerful, moving dialogue and inspirational story.