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 out win the others to make life as happy as can be for her. Bravo Pixar, an outstanding movie with a moral backbone that will keep you thinking well after the lights are out.
A divisive one in this house as my youngest, (nearly 3), laughed out loud throughout yet my eldest, (5), and 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 bored me frankly, with these spin off characters seeming undeveloped to carry a feature length film.
Story wise the film is set in the 60?s years before Gru (sadly) where the minions have accidentally killed their previous masters and are on the look out for a new leader. Enter the world?s first female supervillain, Scarlett Overkill and her husband, Herb Overkill, engaging in their own if not a little sickly way (too many PDA?s), are simply a shadow of 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 always so subjective and as Minions proved, that doesn?t exclude kids? films either.
This nostalgic 3-D sci-fi comedy is based on the notion that in 82, NASA launched a time capsule into space full of images and videos from the ?80s but on discovery, extraterrestrials misinterpreted its purpose and viewed it as a declaration of war, attacking. Using old school video game characters as pixelated weapons they attacked and tried 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 in the 80?s!
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, together they must join forces to beat former friend turned enemy and save the world! Edge of your seat captivating, catch this in cinemas this August!
5. Jurassic World
This dinosaur-tastic world is back and this time with a new theme park built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Soon enough though, trouble as we know, is not far and a genetically modified giant killing machine decides to set free and emarks on a killing spree, be afraid, very afraid!
About Vicki Psarias
Vicki Psarias blogs at Honest Mum and Mummy’s Got Style Psarias is an award winning writer/director winning the 30 Under 30 Square Mile London Talent Award, The Channel 4 4Talent Award for Best Filmmaker amongst many Best Director film festival awards from LA to India. Vicki features in the Guardian?s Courvoisieur Future 500 and was highly commended at the Red Magazine Red Hot Women Awards for her writing and directing work. Her film website is www.vpsarias.co.uk. Vicki is former Editor of the Film & Festivals Magazine @VickiFilm.