Unmissable family films this summer

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!

Enjoy!

1.  Inside Out

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. 

2. Minions

Minions

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.

3. Pixels

Pixels

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

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

Jursssic 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.

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Vicki Psarias Vicki Psarias is founder and author of one of the most popular parenting blogs in the UK, Honest Mum and sister style blog Mummy’s Got Style
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  1. 07 August 2015 / 12:03

    i’ve watched minions it was great 🙂

    • 08 August 2015 / 19:05

      Thanks Maxie, I found it a bit boring and the narrative was overstretched but so many enjoyed it 🙂

  2. 08 August 2015 / 13:59

    It seems there are more family films this summer that you’d actually want to see. Great list! We’ve seen a couple and can’t wait to see others. Here’s my take:

    1. Inside Out – Stellar! My 11-year-old and I went with my parents and we all enjoyed it. Conceptual, poignant without being treacly, and full of life lessons too.

    2. Minions – Have been wanting to see this. Disappointed to hear you weren’t impressed. We’ll have to see.

    3. Pixels – Can’t wait to see this film, which looks cheeky and fun, even with the presence of Adam Sandler and the typical 1 female protagonist.

    4. Fantastic Four – Impossibly excited about this film, for its superhero story and special effects. The nice thing about it, in addition to the presence of Michael B. Jordan (fantastic in the TV series Friday Night Lights and The Wire), is that it appeals both to our tween and our older teen.

    5. Jurrassic World – Fun and diverting, although Chris Pratt felt a bit wasted as the script didn’t cater to his quirky, funny charm.

    • 08 August 2015 / 19:04

      Love your comment Jen and thoughts on the films, we loved JW and yes agree CP was muted rather, wonder if they were worried kids wouldn’t get his quirkiness?! Pixels was such a nostalgic movie for me and pretty original, sorry I didn’t enjoy Minions but my youngest did, I really felt it wasn’t as smart as the other 2 films and really would have been better as a short film. Inside Out is outstanding, reminded me of smart kids films like Up x

  3. 11 August 2015 / 17:14

    A great tips. We have just been to watch Inside Out in Czech! Isabelle loved it, but Olivia was apparently not impressed…. I thought it was brilliant!

  4. 14 August 2015 / 12:07

    Can you honestly say “Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four franchise is back to its best” with this turkey?

    • 14 August 2015 / 13:57

      Hi Simon. We caught Fantastic Four this week and sad to say, you’re right. The advance hubbub and excitement made it look like this was going to be a cool reboot but it disappointing us, both parents and kids. Our tween said, “To get the baddie, they said, ‘I’ve got an idea’ and then it worked first time.” Apparently even at a young age we all appreciate the traditional story arc and lots of suspense. We didn’t get it with Fantastic Four.

  5. 18 August 2015 / 16:14

    Great list and I thinky.hubby is.more.excited then my eldest child.seeing Pixel movie, haha!