I have been reflecting on the films we have discovered and re-watched during the last few months of the pandemic via Amazon Prime & Netflix. Like most families, our main challenge is to find a film we all enjoy, eg: appropriate and interesting for Tobs (15), active enough for Dad who needs a car chase or he will fall asleep and fulfils my romcom or true story preference.
Here is the top ten, we mostly agreed on:
Last Vegas (12)
Delightful, funny film starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen as a mature group in Las Vegas for a stag do. We all really enjoyed it.
The Hustlers (15)
Brilliant film based on a true story of the two women who performed a scam and eventually got caught. The beginning was a bit awkward (sexualized nudity & sex references beyond expected for a 15) but the story got us through that, we all rated it.
Oceans 8 (12)
The best bar far of the Oceans series in our opinion, Sandra Bullock leads. We all loved it and it stood by itself, which the rest of the series struggles to do.
Women in Gold (12)
Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl star in this film based on a true story of an elderly Jewish woman trying to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazi’s. Absolutely Brilliant. We all loved it.
JoJo Rabbit (12)
Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, a controversial satire based in WW11. We saw this at the cinema before lockdown, but it is now available on Amazon Prime. Best film we’ve seen in years, we all loved it.
Finding your Feet (12)
An absolutely lovely, classically British film, starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley and David Hayman. Made us laugh and cry, just superb. I loved it most.
The Hustle (12)
Rebel Wilson & Anne Hathaway are superb in this female remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the critics panned it, which often means we enjoy it. It's not intellectual, it is a fun film with beautiful scenery. Tobs & I loved it.
Last Holiday (12)
Queen Latifah & Timothy Hutton star, a lovely story based on a supermarket worker thinking she has only 3 weeks to live and wants to go out in style. Easy going and fun. I loved it, again not intellectual just great fun.
The Book Club (12)
Actually this isn't really a family film, very much one for the girls night in. Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen are hilarious in this film as the mature lady book club tackles “50 Shades of Grey”. I absolutely loved it.
6 below (12)
Josh Harnett stars in this film based on a true story of a snowboarder lost on a mountain. Floyd & I loved it, although it is terribly harrowing in places, Tobs went to the Xbox...