As great as holidays are, it’s fair to say the extra pressure of 24/7 entertainment for the kids can sometimes take the fun out of things. Thankfully with some pirates, wizards, animated animals, mythical creatures and a trusty dash of LEGO, there’s help at hand. And the icing on the cake is that you don’t even need to leave the house on a rainy day, thanks to these five family friendly films…
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brings a much needed dose of the wizarding world.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Storks is all the right amounts of cute, heart-warming and funny, making it a great watch for kids and adults. The storks in this tale have swapped the task of delivering babies for a more lucrative global delivery business, but there’s also a human among them in the form of a previously undelivered baby named Tulip.
Tulip accidentally activates the baby producing machine once more and joins officer stork, Junior, on a physical and emotional journey to return the lost infant. Hurdles include a mean pack of wolves, a bunch of assassin penguins and Tulip’s desire to find her own family.
We all know the tale of Peter Pan, complete with pirates, fairies and crocodiles. Many of us have watched previous versions, but Pan is certainly special, as a live action adventure, telling the tale of 12-year-old orphan Peter (Levi Miller) once again.Peter is tasked with saving Neverland and becoming Peter Pan, while trying to discover the truth about his mother who left him at the orphanage so long ago. Peter also needs to work out his friends from his foes in order to lead the good guys against the pirates and ultimately beat Blackbeard – played by the brilliant Hugh Jackman.
The LEGO Movie
If you’ve not yet seen the epic LEGO Movie, school holidays are the perfect opportunity. Unconventional hero Emmet (Chris Pratt) has to learn to believe in his abilities as a Master Builder in order to overcome President Business, aka evil mastermind Lord Business (Will Ferrell).
For little LEGO fans, spotting their favourite characters in minifigure form is a big part of the charm of this movie. And for adults, there is retro touches and humour throughout. The film ends on a more profound note than you might expect, with an amusing metaphor between the relationship of Lord Business and Emmet and that of many parent and child LEGO makers.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
The sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island tells the story of 17-year-old Sean (Josh Hutcherson), who receives a coded distress signal from his grandfather (Michael Caine) about a mysterious island in the Pacific. Taking inspiration from Gulliver’s Travels and Treasure Island, it’s fair to say the island has a lot in store for them.
Sean’s stepdad (Dwayne Johnson) follows him to the island, where the group meet a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzmán) and his daughter (Vanessa Hudgens). Together they begin the search for Sean’s grandfather, encountering hurricanes, volcanoes and dangerous mythical life forms along the way. Action-packed, this one will keep the whole family on the edge of their seats.