[Image: Disney Pixar]
[Hannah Bicknell | Features Editor]
It’s getting to be about that time. The decisions have been made, the big move is complete and you’ve met the crazy person next door. Now what? Well we all know that as a fresher, you’re going to face challenges that you never even saw coming. So, we have compiled a list of the top five movies to watch to help prepare you and possibly give a little insight into what you can expect in your first year. So why not sit back, relax, and put one of these on?
1) Monsters University
Plot: In this animation movie, we follow Mike Wazowski, a little monster with a big dream through his first-year as a scare major, where he first meets and befriends Sulley. As the semester progresses, Mike and Sulley join a fraternity, only highlighting their flaws as monsters and making their first-year ever more challenging. Mike decides to enter the scare games to prove his scariness, but on the condition that if he loses he has to leave monsters university.
Everyone knows there are monsters hiding in the closets and under beds but how did they get there? By graduating monster’s university of course! Yes the movie isn’t about humans, but it counts because it is a walk-through of what every student (or alien like creature) will go through, for instance joining societies, attending your first lecture and working hard towards that all important first exam. Definitely one for the Disney Pixar fans out there!
2) Starter for Ten
Plot: Brian Jackson (James McAvoy also seen in the X-Men), a teen from Essex gets a chance to prove his worth when he is accepted into Bristol University. Determined to make his deceased father proud, Brian tries out for a popular TV programme called “University Challenge” and goes through all the typical things a fresher at university would experience.
This movie is brilliant because it is the epitome of what Uni life is like (well for some anyway – experiences may vary). From moving away from home for the first time to experimenting and relationships, this movie has it all. Of course at the end of the day it is a bittersweet comedy but it sends a good message about facing the adventure head on by making the most of it.
3) Legally Blonde
Plot: Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) an LA sorority queen, who literally has it all, gets dumped by her boyfriend, so decides to go to law school in order to win him back. Once there she realises there is more to life than her ex-boyfriend and more importantly there is more to her.
A light hearted comedy for the fresher girls out there. The film on the surface is all about how a ditzy blonde goes from zero to hero (and yes I did use a line from a Hercules song just then) but under that the movie has more serious tones about how you grow as a person when you go to university. The trials Wood faces such as not being accepted and finding it hard to make new friends, as well as moving to a new place, can really hit home.
4) Mona Lisa Smile
Plot: Set in the 50’s Mona Lisa Smile follows Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts), an art graduate who takes a lecturer’s position at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Featuring an all-star cast: Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Marcia Gay Harden, the movie challenges the conservative women’s views of that era.
“In a world that told them how to think, she showed them how to live” is a tag line from this movie which highlights how powerful a lecturer’s influence can be on their students and will give all prospective students a new perspective on their lectures for sure. Despite not being directly about ‘Uni life’, the movie is all about immersing yourself in the possibilities given to you when you’re at Uni. And that with all your new found freedom, the world really is in the palm of your hand.
5) The Hangover
Plot: Three friends wake up from a stag-do in Las Vegas with no memory of the night before and their groom missing. They attempt to retrace their steps to try and find the groom before his wedding, getting themselves in all sorts of tricky situations. Starring Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms.
This film has nothing to do with moving to Uni but everything to do with what kind of things could happen while you’re here, whether it’s due to permanent intoxication, a week packed with activities or just bad memory, it’s likely you’ll forget a lot of Fresher’s Week. So be sure to take loads of pictures (just in case) as it’s like the old saying goes: if you can’t remember what happened, it was a good night out!
What films have you been watching over Freshers’ Week? Tweet us @TridentMediaUK #FilmsForFreshers