Just in time for the Easter weekend, here are five nostalgic family movies that may have stuck to you like glue. Anyone who’s ever been a kid will have fond memories around their first movie experience. Being the most naive, imaginative and creative version of ourselves, it’s the magical time in our lives when any story can and does become real.
Who wouldn’t want to fly like a bird and swashbuckle with pirates? J.M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan novel was originally about a boy who never grew old. Steven Spielberg turns the fantasy adventure on its head by imagining if he did, having to return to Never Neverland to rescue his kids who were kidnapped by Captain Hook.
Starring the late, great Robin Williams as Peter with Dustin Hoffman as Hook, Bob Hoskins as Smee and Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, this is a magical adventure worth reliving for the star power alone. Now that you’re an adult just like Peter, you’ll be able to watch this family classic with new eyes. Watch Hook on Amazon Prime Video.
The Karate Kid (1984)
Bonsai trees, the crane kick and unorthodox training regimes have been immortalised in The Karate Kid. It’s one of those ‘80s movies that ended on a high, which led to sequels, a remake and the spin-off TV series, Cobra Kai. Not surprisingly, it earned Pat Morita an Oscar nomination for his career-defining role as Mr Miyagi. Whether you wax on or off, John G. Avildsen’s stirring family sports action drama teaches self-confidence through diligence and discipline.
Taking a stand against bullying, learning valuable life lessons from a mentor and mastering a martial art form, The Karate Kid has a noble spirit, compelled by heart and courage. If Daniel-san’s coming-of-age journey inspired you to take up karate or practice the crane kick in your friend’s backyard, you’ll do well to introduce this nostalgic classic to your family. Watch The Karate Kid on Netflix.
Michael J. Fox is the charismatic Marty McFly, Christopher Lloyd is the nutty Doc Brown and Great Scott, Deloreans will always be time-travel machines. They may have gotten older, but we’ll never forget their iconic roles in the soaring Robert Zemeckis sci-fi comedy classic, Back To The Future. Brilliant casting, captivating storytelling and slick writing make this a fun-filled family classic that never gets old!
Huey Lewis & The News’s Power of Love pop tune may not have made it out of 1985 alive if it hadn’t been for Back to the Future. Introducing rock ‘n roll Chuck Berry-style to 1955, burning rubber in a time-travelling Delorean or cruising in a Toyota SR5 extra cab pickup truck… this was fun for all ages. Watch the Back To The Future boxset on Showmax.
Ah, Indiana Jones… the handsome, whip-toting, fedora-wearing professor who made archaeology so much more than simply dusting off ancient artefacts. Directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, Raiders of the Lost Ark tells of an adventurer’s 1936 government-initiated quest to find the all-powerful Ark of the Covenant before Hitler’s Nazi henchmen.
Decades later, this action-adventure still remains as exciting, gung ho and entertaining as ever. The intricate action set pieces, signature score, sound design, iconic characters, flourishes of comedy and lively universe of Indiana Jones remain timeless. Spielberg has created a jungle to desert period piece action adventure all-rounder that seamlessly melds history with myth. While parental guidance is advised for one or two scarier scenes, watching The Raiders Of The Lost Ark as a family will be a memory to cherish! Watch the Indiana Jones boxset on Showmax.
Whether you read Roald Dahl’s tale as a kid, watched the movie as a teen or witnessed the stage production as an adult, Matilda is a nostalgic treat for all ages. Following the mayhem of Home Alone, this magical movie about growing up in a household of lunatics among a schoolyard of weirdos is just the ticket. Directed by Danny DeVito, Matilda could have easily been a Tim Burton film, portraying Dahl’s wildly imaginative characters in a darkly enchanting and entertaining modern fairy tale.
DeVito stars as car salesman and weasel Mr Wormwood, casting a perfectly grotesque Trunchbull in Pam Ferris, the soothing Embeth Davidtz as Miss Honey and enigmatic Mrs Doubtfire and Miracle on 34 Street child star, Mara Wilson, as Matilda. Supercharging Dahl’s dark, twisted sense of humour, Matilda is a surreal, zany and delightful family comedy fantasy adventure. Relive your own boisterous school days through Bruce Bogtrotter’s cake gobble, the dread of being locked in “Chokey” and the epic Trunchbull cat-and-mouse chase. Watch Matilda on Netflix.