It’s the time of the season to celebrate all the Aries out there, both real and fictitious. We’ve rounded up some of the ultimate Aries to grace the silver screen — and maybe your screens at home if you’re in the mood for a quarantine movie marathon.
While some might be tempted to pick Regina George as the obvious Aries in Mean Girls, Regina lacks the candor that defines the Aries personality. Although Janis’s revenge campaign to oust Regina as queen bee of the high school scene is a covert operation, everyone around Janis knows exactly where they stand with her. She’s not afraid to confront and criticize Cady when she thinks the new girl is becoming a Plastic herself. But beneath Janis’s warlike exterior is a big softie who truly cares for her friends and wants to be cool too.
Betrayal is neither easily forgiven nor forgotten with Aries. Even as an adult, Chas finds it hard to forgive his father Royal for shooting his hand with a BB gun when they were on the same team in a childhood gunfight. But Aries are also protective of their loved ones. This is seen in Chas’s obsession with the safety of his sons following the death of his wife in a plane crash. He even subjects them to a timed impromptu fire drill in the middle of the night. But by the end of the film, Chas forgives his father and learns to channel his passionate nature in a healthier way.
If there’s anyone who won’t take an insult sitting down, it’s an Aries. When her entire high school unjustly believes that she is of easy virtue and judges her for it, Olive Penderghast impulsively fights back. Not only does she embrace this new reputation, but Olive also makes a side hustle out of pretending to sleep with unpopular boys looking to boost their social standing.
Despite Olive’s devil-may-care attitude, her humanity shines through in her sympathy for her customers. Aries are also guilty of bottling up their pain, and when Olive reaches her breaking point, she launches a webcast revealing the true chain of events, condemning her community and defending herself in the process.
The leader of the Resistance, Princess Leia is no stranger to defying authority. Her courage and conviction lead her to steal the blueprints for the Death Star, and even when she is captured by Darth Vader, she is an unshakable force of nature and beacon of optimism. Despite being abandoned by Han Solo after their son Ben’s switch to the dark side of the Force, she eventually reconciles with Han and is hopeful until the very end that Ben can be redeemed.
Aries believe that anything can be achieved through sheer force and determination, and Brad Pitt as Lieutenant Aldo Raine is no exception. Though Aldo’s headstrong and overconfident nature can lead to embarrassment, he is an invaluable asset to those around him, and his commitment to justice is unparalleled. A charismatic leader, Aldo typifies the warrior spirit of Aries, whose ruthlessness is to be feared and respected.
If you’re an Aries, consider yourself in good company. And if you know any Aries, consider yourself in extreme but extremely good company. And if you don’t know any Aries, consider acquainting yourself with the aforementioned ones on a movie night.