Certain movies have a way of deeply affecting those that watch them. Some are profoundly moving, others are inspirational, and some take us away to lands of adventure and call us to better versions of ourselves. And then there are movies that can really change the way people look the world and can connect with us in ways that we didn't really see coming.
It seems like the movies that really have an effect on us are the ones that resonate with our fundamental need for meaning. Take, for example, the "Hunger Games." This movie adaptation of the book series chronicles the grim future in which children are selected for a brutal "game" in which (typically) only one child survives. Despite the fact that the movie is set in the backdrop of unsettling adolescent violence, it gained a widespread following, and many fans have widely embraced the entire series. What might help motivate such a strong fan base for these movies? Perhaps it is our desire for significance, for meaning, for considerable purpose against all odds. The primary protagonist not only defies death (sorry for the spoiler) in her first rendition of the games, but also redefines the entire system as she works to overthrow the powers of oppression that sponsor the games. Don't we have similar, though notably more tame, desires to make a significant, lasting difference in ways that benefit all of those other humans around us, perhaps even after we're gone. Don't we all long for some type of remembrance, positive difference, or, said differently, immortality? Because we probably do, we love seeing characters (no matter how fictional) live out the fantasies we have for ourselves.