By Ben Polkinghorne

By Ben Polkinghorne

May 16, 2023

May 16, 2023

The power of movies to transform your mood

The power of movies to transform your mood

A movie to suit your current mood?

That’s nice.  

But it’s missing a trick.

Some people don’t want to simply match their mood. They want to change it.

And that’s the unique, transformative power movies have.

By tapping into our emotions, stimulating our senses, and creating a deep emotional bond with the characters and storylines, movies can significantly impact our moods.

Numerous scientific studies have proven this - and that watching movies can cause a significant reduction in anxiety and depression.

Movie therapy is not new.

It was a therapeutic concept popularized years ago by Dr. Gary Solomon.

On one end of the scale, therapists sometimes use movies to help people deal with the likes of addiction.

Seeing a character having a similar emotional experience can encourage you to look at your situation from a different perspective, providing new ways of coping.

On the other end of the scale, movies can be used to give people a good laugh - or a good cry.

These emotional releases are cathartic, providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions.

In these challenging times, that’s something we could all use.

Covid, war, a cost of living crisis. Global warming.

It’s little wonder 67% of Britons frequently experience anxiety on a Sunday.

We believe moveme offers mood-altering power, wrapped up in the entertainment and escapism of a great movie.

We believe moveme can empower people to positively impact and self-manage their mental health with a TV remote.

That we can nudge people to become more aware of their feelings.

That we can allow people to command their mood at the push of a button.

This might be a good time to point out I’m not a doctor.

Nor am I saying that prescribing movies will fix everything.


We hope that when it comes to finding a movie, moveme can not only save you time - but help improve your mental well-being and lifestyle.

We’re grateful to Innovate UK for the grant they awarded us to ‘use AI to support self-management of mental wellbeing’.

That funding enabled us to launch moveme.

“moveme has developed an excellent psychological concept which in my opinion is pioneering for its time.”
Brett Garcia - Clinical Specialist in Neurodevelopmental Conditions and Disabilities, and Psychotherapist

moveme: Find a movie to move you to a mood.