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It’s time to bring back the good old family movies!

By Shafiyqah  /  06 Aug 2021 (Friday)

Home is where the heart is.

Are you looking for movies to watch with your loved ones?

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the majority of us are stuck at home, doing home-based learning and work from home. I'm sure you enjoy bonding with your family in your spare time. Don't worry, I've got your back! 
Many of us grew up viewing movies with our families as a pastime, but as we become older, we all become preoccupied with our own lives. It's all about nostalgia, even if you're viewing it alone. I've compiled a list of some of my favourite films for you to enjoy with your family and friends!
Without further ado, here are the movies to revisit in the near time:

Harry Potter Film Series​ (2001-2011)

Wingardium Leviosa!

Do you remember how psyched you felt for the next installment of the movie to be released? Yes, I most certainly do! I'm beginning to wonder which series is my favourite because this film greatly exceeds my expectations. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is an orphan who lives with his obnoxious relatives. Day after day, he was subjected to inequitable treatment and was dubbed 'the boy who lived.' Subsequently, each of its film depicted the trials Harry Potter had to go through as somehow, one way or another, some just wants him dead.
Despite the fact that Harry Potter lives in a wizarding realm, we found the majority of his acts to be relatable. Also, don't forget about the golden trio, that teaches us the value of friendship! Friendships do break apart, as the golden trio showed us, and it is unavoidable! We sometimes need to be away for a brief period of time in order to fully understand each other. Given the fact that its last film series was nearly a decade ago, we can definitely say that this film is here to stay!

P/S: The order of the film is as follows:
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
I present you, the first occasion whereby Harry Potter found out he was a wizard:

‘Alohomora’ your way to the wanderlust journey here: Google Play

Home Alone (1990 & 1992)

Eight-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for France. At first, he is happy to be in charge, but when thieves try to break into his home, he tries to put up a fight.


Ouch, my ears surely got used to Kevin’s mother shrieking.

Raise your hand if you've ever wished you could be Kevin Mccallister (Macaulay Culkin). Yes, I did. Isn't it great being able to do whatever you want at the same time and have the entire house to yourself? There is no one to say no, and the decision is entirely yours. That appears to be a fantastic reward for a child. However, good moments will be spoiled in some way by what we refer to as Mother Earth's occupants. I meant by individuals who exclusively accomplish things at the expense of others. Kevin's pleasure was cut short by two obnoxious and self-centered men.

Somehow, we would have expected that Kevin's family had compensated for their misfortune. This family, as usual, is a smorgasbord of not-so-morning-people. Kevin followed a man he thought was his father at the airport by accident. Kevin was again separated from his family well over holidays. While being separated, who would have guessed he would have met the two crude men again?

I strongly advise you to watch the preceding series on this list as well as this one, as they are far superior to the series that follow.

Personally, let me share with you this iconic scene:

Watch Home Alone (1990) here: Disney+ ​

Watch Home Alone (1992) here: Disney+

The Greatest Showman (2017)

P T Barnum becomes a worldwide sensation in the show business. His imagination and innovative ideas take him to the top of his game.

It tells the true narrative of the real-life P T Barnum (Hugh Jackman) and his rise to popularity with his circus. Hugh Jackman's character, P T Barnum came from humble beginnings. While following his father to work, he meets the love of his life, Charity Barnum (Michelle Williams). The plot gradually built up and he became the father of two beautiful miracles, Caroline and Helen Barnum. He began his own business in order to provide a "better life" for his family, as he had promised. It didn't work out the way he had hoped at first. However, due to a set of circumstances, he took a chance and met people who could help him make his dream a reality. Well, things took off from there. His intention of providing a ‘better life’ was a reality however, whenever things are too good to be true, things are bound to go wrong. He feigned ignorance, carried away by fame and wealth. Join the adventure of P.T. Barnum wild and heart-touching voyage.

This film screams to be heard.

A musical film is something for everyone. Let me tell you something, a great surge of pride and confidence persisted in my soul throughout the entire film. It sets you to feel ease and upholds an awe-inspiring emotion.. Everything about the film production, from the color gradient to the overall set, was a visual feast. In general, it's a highly visually appealing component in every way. It's evident that a lot of effort has gone into this film. I guarantee you'll feel ‘reborn' by the end of the movie.  The soundtrack was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul known together as Pasek and Paul. Therefore, as expected, the soundtrack was such a phenomenal piece. 

Presenting you, the iconic soundtrack, 'This Is Me':

Sing your hearts out here: Disney+

Charlie and the chocolate factory (2005)

Charlie, a young boy from an impoverished family, and four other kids win a tour of an amazing chocolate factory run by an imaginative chocolatier, Willy Wonka, and his staff of Oompa-Loompas.

Who'd have guessed that Johnny Depp played Willy Wonka? It never occurred to me as a child that Johnny Depp was the actor who portrayed all of these unclear roles. Have you ever eaten chocolate from a pool? Have you ever heard of an invention that prevents ice cream from melting? Have you ever pondered what it would be like to be able to eat off your computer screen? Well, it's time to feast your eyes onto this film for all of your imaginations to come alive! 

In retrospect, aside from all the unique invention, this film develops pedagogical symbolism and conveys the growing irony. Children are taught essential lessons and principles that they can use in their lives. In comparison to the other youngsters, Charlie (Freddie Highmore), having come from humble circumstances, knew how to appreciate things better. Oh, and don't forget about the oompa loompas! They're very cute.Furthermore, this is a Tim Burton flick. I've always wanted to live in one of Tim Burton's movies. He makes the most of the dystopian fantasy atmosphere he can muster. I can honestly assert that the vast majority of his flicks are among my favourites.

A personal favorite scene of mine is when Charlie got the last golden ticket:

Watch the film here: Netflix

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice, now 19 years old, follows a rabbit in a blue coat to a magical wonderland from her dreams where she is reunited with her friends who make her realise her true destiny.

Yet another Tim Burton movie! I wish I had the ability to be like Alice (Mia Wasikowska). Envision this situation: you're sleeping and you're in a faraway dreamland. Somehow, a rabbit appears to be guiding you, and you discover that your genuine pals are there.

Do you recall the 'cake' that allowed Alice to shrink or grow in size? That cake piqued my interest. I was keen to delve inside Alice's world. Johnny Depp portrays the ‘Madhatter,' and what else can I say? He is a versatile performer. By how fantastic the special effects makeup are and how versatile of an actor he is, I had little to no notion he was in different storylines. 

This film is for you if you enjoy a peak into a world of Utopia along with a peculiar but sensible plot. Not to mention the presence of Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter in the cast!

A scene I will always be obsessed with is when she ate the 'cake' for the first time and grew in size:

Watch it here: Disney+ ​

The Parent Trap (1998)

Identical twins Hallie and Annie are separated after their parents' divorce. Years later, they discover each other at a summer camp and decide to switch places in an effort to reunite their parents.

Consider the following scenario: You're at a school camp and you encounter someone who looks exactly like you. Unbeknownst to you, you have a long lost twin?! Well, that exactly transpired. Hallie and Annie (Lindsay Lohan) are identical twins who were separated as a result of their parents' divorce.

Their frequent disagreements led to them being put in the same cabin as a form of punishment. At first, neither of them could find an equal footing. Slowly but steadily, they came to terms with each other's opposing personalities. One evening, discovering that their parents' stories were "disturbingly similar”, they chose to show one another their parents' photographs. Hallie and Annie were left in a state of despair rather as it piqued their interest in learning more about what had happened. What plans do they have now that the cat is out of the bag?

Do you remember the evocative handshake dance though? Its been ages but I have yet to master it:

Watch it here: Disney+

Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007)

Bean wins a holiday to France and sets out on his journey. However, when he unknowingly separates a father-son duo, he decides to reunite them.

Who doesn't enjoy a classic Mr Bean film? Without a doubt, he has the ability to make us laugh throughout the movie. In terms of emotional communication, Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is an exact replica of the formula, '7% of words, 38% tone of voice, and 56% of body language.' 
This film involves a father-son separation all due to Bean's well can I say, 'selfishness'. Noticing the awkward tension in the air, Bean tries his best to enlighten and cheer the boy up. Do you recall that one classic scene where they fooled the audience with their ostensibly convincing 'emotional acting'?

It's never too late to go down Mr Bean movie memory lane. You can never be too old or too young to enjoy Mr Bean's films. Wherever Mr Bean is, money is being made. The mere fact that he is himself is enough to draw a throng.

Alright, bestowing you the honour to watch this hilarious scene:

Watch the movie here: Netflix ​

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