With a long stretch of summer holidays ahead for us parents, and far too much drizzle for my liking, this family has been heading, and will no doubt return to the cinema again and again, for toasty seats, engaging movies and lots of popcorn, this summer.
Here are my top 5 unmissable family films to look out for this season in a cinema near you!
1. Inside Out
An original, compelling and thought-provoking movie, the story is told from the perspective of the emotions inside the head of Riley, a young girl who has left her hometown in the Midwest to start a new life in San Francisco. Her prime emotion, Joy, tries her best to control the situation more than the the others to make life as happy as can be for Riley. Bravo, Pixar! An outstanding movie with a moral backbone that will keep you thinking well after the lights are up.
This movie was a divisive one in my house, as my youngest (nearly 3) laughed out loud throughout, yet my eldest (5), my husband (35) and I (34) were rather underwhelmed, feeling the story would be better suited to a short film or TV series. A drawn-out narrative without real purpose, it bored me frankly, with these spinoff characters too underdeveloped to carry a feature length film.
Storywise, the film is set in the Sixties, years before Gru (sadly) when the minions have accidentally killed their previous masters and are on the lookout for a new leader. Enter the world’s first female supervillain, Scarlett Overkill and her husband, Herb Overkill, who are engaging in their own, if not a little sickly, way (too many PDAs). Yet they are simply a shadow of the dynamic, charming Gru. Oh Gru, we missed you.
Kids all over the UK are going wild for this movie though, so maybe best to watch it and make up your own mind. Movies are subjective and as Minions proved, kids’ films are no exception.
This nostalgic 3-D sci-fi comedy is based on the notion that in 1982, NASA launched a time capsule into space full of images and videos from the Eighties. Upon discovering the capsule, extraterrestrials misinterpreted its purpose, viewed it as a declaration of war, and are attacking. Using old school video game characters as pixelated weapons, they attack and try to destroy Earth with only a former arcade champion and his gamer mates having a chance of saving the day! Pac Man lovers will adore introducing their own kids to the games we loved to play back in the era of shoulder pads and bad music.
4. Fantastic Four
The live action Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four franchise is back to its best with its team of cool scientists cum superheroes anxious to save the world. Teleporting to an alternate, scary universe which changes the physical form in surprising ways, they must join forces to beat former friend-turned-baddie and save the world. Edge of your seat captivating. Catch this in cinemas this August!
5. Jurassic World
The dinosaur-tastic world is back and this time with a new theme park built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Soon enough, trouble is not far behind. A genetically modified superdino gets free and embarks on a killing spree. Be afraid, be very afraid.