As the spring equinox approaches, it’s time for the start of professional baseball season, wearing bright colored clothing, spring breakers on the loose, and flowers everywhere. To get into this festive mood, here are seven movies that best depict this fun season after any severe winter. A number of these films focus somewhat on gardens, while others are musicals about the season or relating to springtime, and various seasonal activities. Sit back, get cozy and welcome warmer temperatures and longer days before viewing.
The Secret Garden (1993)
Here’s the first of several film adaptations from novels on this list. Based on the classic children’s book of the same name by Frances Hodgon Burnett, “The Secret Garden” is an excellent film the whole family can enjoy. It’s about an orphaned girl who later gets adopted. One day at her uncle’s Victorian estate, she discovers an abandoned garden secretly tucked away. With the help of a friend they rebuild the flower beds, and magic starts to happen.
Springtime is the start of baseball season every year at all levels. This Oscar nominated film is all about America’s pastime from a different point of view. Every year in early April is the official start of Major League Baseball. “Moneyball” is the true story of Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane. He’s in a bind to reinvent his team on an extremely tight budget. It’s actually a film about taking on the system, while competing with richer ball clubs. Here you get an inside look at the wheeling and dealing of how a team is constructed.
Spring Breakers (2013)
If you want a more adventurous film to watch, here’s a look at the dark side of spring break. “Spring Breakers” was filmed locally in my area throughout Tampa Bay. There are many light-hearted, romantic tales of this yearly rite of passage, though none have shown its seedier side until now.
South Pacific (1958)
This musical film is not particularly all about spring, though its setting in idyllic South Pacific has springtime temperatures all year round. One of its featured songs is aptly titled “Younger Than Springtime.” “South Pacific” is another film adaptation from James Michener’s best-selling novel “Tales of the South Pacific.” Set during WWII it focuses on two wartime romances. One is between a WAVE nurse and a French plantation owner. The other is a U.S. Marine Lieutenant and a beautiful Tokinese girl.
Now we go from Jane Austen’s novel for this ’90s film adaptation of “Emma.” It’s the quintessential springtime tale about love. Emma enjoys being the matchmaker until things get a bit complicated. This is the perfect romantic film for spring viewing.
State Fair (1945)
Who doesn’t love a movie about the fair? Just looking at all that delicious, but fattening foods, is the only place you can get it. When one thinks of fairs they usually take place in the summer and fall months. For the sake of this film “State Fair,” it’s during the spring. It features a song that is considered one of the greatest songs about this seasonal topic simply titled “It Might As Well Be Spring.”
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (2003)
From South Korea comes a film about the cyclical year of all four seasons, though it starts and ends with the season of spring. Like its movie title, the story takes place in spring when a young monk meets with an old master at a Buddhist monastery. Over the course of the year they encounter outsiders coming to their placid and reclusive sanctuary for counsel, advice, and solace. This will be unlike any typical DVD viewing.