Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Ragnarok is the third instalment of the Thor trilogy. With New Zealand director Taika Waititi, who is famous for his comedic work, helming Ragnarok, the film was destined to be different from the others, and for the better. The previous two films had been comparatively lacklustre.
The effortless acting, perfect comedic timing, and electric 80s synth soundtrack, make it the perfect summer film.
The film manages to deliver emotional scenes at times, but keeps a lighthearted tone throughout, with an irresistible charm that can be appreciated by fans of the genre and people who are not as keen.
As someone who loves the genre and is a massive fan of Taika Waititi, I may be a little biased, but I’m confident this film would be an entertaining watch for everyone.
If you’re feeling bored, Limitless will surely stimulate your mind. It’s a science fiction thriller that will keep you on your toes. I like it because it has a really interesting concept – who wouldn’t want to be the smartest person on the planet? It’s fast-paced, mind-bending, and extremely entertaining, full of twists and turns. It’s a good movie to watch with friends and you’ll have lots to talk about afterwards – what would you do with all that brain power? Plus, when you’re finished, there’s a spin-off series of the same name you can binge watch over the rest of your summer break.
The Jungle Book (2016)
This is a rarity among Disney’s live action remakes for not only being considered by many to be better than its animated counterpart, but also for how immersive it is. With CGI animals and environments on par with The Lord of the Rings and Avatar, you’ll have no trouble imagining yourself in the Indian jungle with Mowgli and his friends – perfect for those who are stuck at home for the holidays. Add to that a phenomenal cast and a script that flawlessly blends elements of the animated film and Rudyard Kipling’s original novel together, and you have a fun, gripping, and thrilling action adventure.
5 Centimetres Per Second (2007)
This is the perfect choice for those who enjoy romantic films. It’s a Japanese animation that follows the nostalgic love story of two childhood best friends separated by distance. The film reminds me of the passing of time, fading relationships and the pressures of growing up – it’s a must-watch for those seeking an emotional rush.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Summer films don’t all have to be whirlwind romances set on sandy beaches. Sometimes, the best ones take place a little deeper down.
Pixar’s 2003 animated film, Finding Nemo, follows Marlin, an overprotective clown fish dad, who travels across the Pacific to find his son Nemo, who was captured by divers. Its distinct combination of comedic sea creatures and action-packed adventure, all set against a vivid underwater setting make it the perfect film to watch over the summer. And if you enjoy Finding Nemo, you can dive right into the 2016 sequel Finding Dory for more fish-fuelled fun.
Watch Christopher Nolan’s Inception. The blockbuster is known for its mind-bending exploration of the thin line between dream and reality, with plot twists here and there that are sure to send you reeling.
Some may dismiss the movie saying the multilayered plot is confusing, but now that the holidays are here you can take the time to pick the layers apart piece by piece and gradually digest the plot. If that sounds too much work, you can simply appreciate the creatively-choreographed fight sequences and Oscar-winning cinematography.
Music lovers, too, would enjoy the film’s hauntingly beautiful soundtrack by Hans Zimmerman. This film really has something for everyone.
Johnny English Reborn (2011)
Rowan Atkinson is back as a spoof of a spy, Johnny English. This film is amusing for the whole family, boasting another round of mishaps, stupidity and slapstick stunts.
In Johnny English Reborn,our unlikely hero must use his incomplete martial arts training to fight off international assassins and protect the Chinese premier from a mysterious group called Vortex.
Director Oliver Parker successfully brings us an even funnier sequel, filled to the brim with new hi-tech gadgets – my favourite one being a voice-activated Rolls-Royce that answers only to English.
Although not a big hit with the critics, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Rowan Atkinson’s performance is, as always, brilliant, and once again, he pulls off his character with the usual charismatic charm.