A new kind of post ft. relatable movie characters

I wanted to post something a little different this time, and not entirely about me! I was thinking maybe every few posts, I’ll do one more like this. Or maybe I’ll make it a series or something…we’ll see. 🙂
Anyway, I decided to post about movie characters that I admire, who are also relatable!
Here are a few admirable movie characters whom I (and others!) can relate to, listed in no particular order.

Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Actress Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013).

Actor Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013).

I recently saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I fell in love! I went into the movie skeptical, thinking it might be pretty boring, but I was so surprised. This film was so wonderful. I love refreshing movies with a good message, and this was one of them!
But, back to the point, the main character, Walter, struggles with his personality and his tendency to day dream. People make fun of Walter and are condescending towards him. Walter decides to prove himself, and not let his fear of living hold him back. He decides to live his life, no matter what! Walter is reltable. We all get held back in life by our fears of what others think about us. We all have moments when we feel worthless because others are holding us back. I admire Walter, because he finally decided to break out of his comfort zone, and live out his dreams, literally.

Toula Portokalos, in My Big Fat Greek Wedding(2002)

Nia Vardalos plays Toula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).

Actress Nia Vardalos plays Toula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of my all time favorite movies! I think I love it so much because the main character, Toula Portokalos is relatable. Toula is not the stereotypical pretty girl that you usually see in movies. She isn’t stick skinny, she dresses a little frumpy, she works at her dad’s restaurant, and she is 30 years old and living at home with her parents. Toula is self-conscious and constantly compares herself to her sucessful, married family members. Toula struggles for approval from her father, as she is not married and “making Greek babies” like her sister. Toula is just unique, and she wants to live her own life and do her own thing. Then, she meets and falls in love with Ian Miller, the man of her dreams, who is basically the opposite of the ideal Greek man that her father would approve of. On a sidenote Ian , played by John Corbett, is beautiful and basically my dream guy (in his role as Ian). Anyway, Toula and Ian end up getting married and moving next door to Toula’s parents. In essence, Toula is able to please her family and gain her independance at the same time! Toula is a great depiction of the not-so-typical recepient of a happily-ever-after that you usually see in the movies. Toula is more human, real, and relatable, despite the fact that she gets to marry a man who looks like a Greek statue (maybe that’s why her dad consented, after all).
Andie Walsh in Pretty in Pink (1986)

Molly Ringwald as Andie Walsh in Pretty in Pink

Actress Molly Ringwald as Andie Walsh in Pretty in Pink (1986)

Andie Walsh is one of my  favorite movie characters. I actually didn’t watch the movie Pretty in Pink until last summer, and I see why it is such a 80’s classic. Andie’s personality is spunky. She has her own unique style and vibe. Let’s face it, Andie is just so cool. She has a best friend named Duckie and works at a local music store. She loves fashion and sewing, which I can relate to. Maybe her happy ending with her high school crush, who happens to be the most popular guy in school isn’t particularly relatable, but her struggle as someone perceived as “different” or unique is. Andie sticks out and likes different things than the majority of her preppy peers, but she continues to do her own thing. She can’t afford all the new clothes, but she makes do with what she has and gives her style her own twist. I admire Andie’s ability to be expressive and comfortable with herself, while her struggles and challenges make her relatable.

Kiki in Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

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Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Kiki has always been on of my favorite cartoon characters. I have been watching Kiki’s Delivery Service since before I can remember, and it never gets old! Kiki is a girl who wants to gain her independance, but life keeps getting in the way. When she turns 13, she gets to go on her own, to a city, to be the city’s local witch. She arrives at a seaside town that she loves, and soon finds out that he town already has a witch. A local bakery owner lets Kiki board from her in exchange for Kiki being the delivery girl for the bakery. Kiki encounters some hardships along the way, including losing her power to fly her broom and her ability to talk to her cat, Jiji. In the end, Kiki meets influential people who help her through her struggles, saves a friend’s life, and gets her powers back. Kiki shows that life isn’t easy and that there will always be struggle, but also there will always be people there for you, including your cat. Kiki gains her independence, and it is struggle, just as it is for  you and me. Kiki is faced with the relatable truth that life isn’t perfect, on the contrary it is quite a struggle. Kiki also demonstrates that it is perfectly acceptable to have a cat as a bestfriend!

 

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