Feel-good movies are movies which present people and life in a way that makes the audience feel happy and optimistic. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 62 feel-good movies sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
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The Ghost and the Darkness is a fictionalized account of two lions that attacked and killed workers in Kenya. While it may sound like a banality, as it turns out, screenwriter William Goldman makes it worth our while. Stephen Hopkins, the director, makes us travel in the comfort of our seats straight to Africa where our protagonists are much needed.
I’d like to bring to your attention this little film because it explores some of the most basic fears humans have when subtracted from their safe space. It’s a simple story, it’s slow-paced, it’s beautiful, and it’s ugly. It probably wasn’t hard to convince Val Kilmer to play the lead. He loves Africa. That said, he’s a little stiff. Michael Douglas seems more comfortable and plays a support role.
So, the locals call lions ghosts, and see them as demons, in fact. We can relate, but only to an extent. The film crew tried their best to show both the lions and the actors in the same frame, and the illusion only works half the time. This must’ve been a painful experience. There are signs of struggle everywhere. All in all, though, I had a blast with this movie.