Beach days, barbecues and football games in the park are all part and parcel of summer. That is until the inevitable rain clouds appear and you’re stuck trying to think of indoor activities. So for those less than summery days, here are a few movie recommendations that the whole family can enjoy.
Where The Wild Things Are
Trust the creative mind of Spike Jonze to take on Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book and bring it to life in such an original and adventurous way. When nine-year old Max (Max Records) runs away from home, a world of magic and mystery awaits, as he makes new friends that teach him a whole new way of life. Get some blankets at the ready and snuggle down to Where The Wild Things Are, then let your imagination run away with you.
Batman’s beloved Gotham is overrun by The Joker (Zach Galifianakis), but never fear as the renowned superhero is quick to retaliate in a bid to save his hometown. Will Arnett reprises his role as LEGO Batman, a character who first made waves in The LEGO Movie. In a tale of alliance and friendship, the once unaccompanied Batman must learn to put his trust in those around him if he stands any chance of saving the day once again.
Having mistakenly destroyed the winter food store of the town’s wildlife, plucky squirrel Surly (Will Arnett’s dulcet tones, once again) makes it his personal mission to restore the food supply – with a little help from Maury’s Nut Shop, of course. Something that Surly never bargained for however is to come face to face with a group of bank-robbing mobsters in the process. Only one thing’s for certain in this animated adventure, and it’s that the animals are going to need to stand by one another in their fight for survival.
The boy who never grew up, Peter Pan once again takes centre stage in this live-action adventure, in which we begin to understand a little more about the characters from J. M. Barrie’s beloved children’s book. Levi Miller is perfectly cast as the courageous protagonist, who must work with Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and co to defend their place in the magical kingdom. None other than Hugh Jackman portrays Captain Hook, in a way you’ve never seen before!
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Tim Burton puts his stamp on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, making it even more magical and delightful than ever. After discovering a lucky golden ticket in a bar of candy, Charlie (Freddy Highmore) and his beloved Grandpa Joe (David Kelly) are transported to a colourful world of pink sugar boats, amazing glass elevators and sweet treats of every description. Johnny Depp takes on the role of Mr. Wonka, quirky sunglasses and all.
What are your favourite movies to snuggle up with on a rainy day?