Is there anything better than spending Friday night huddled on the sofa with your loved ones watching a great movie? Here are some of the top family films of all time, that if you haven’t already seen, you really should make the effort.
The Lion King
This Disney classic is a must-see for all families. Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, the story follows a young lion who must save his pride from the evil clutches of his uncle, Scar. Comedy moments are interspersed in among the action with the lion’s cohorts, Timon and Pumbaa. He has many lessons to learn along the way and the film has become a Disney must-see classic that was even turned into a hugely successful West End musical.
A brilliant film from Universal Pictures featuring the most adorable villain to ever appear on our screens. Gru is assisted by the little yellow trouble-makers called Minions, and it’s their antics and lovable adventures that make this film a true great. The tough guy Gru gets all mushy though when his path crosses that of three orphaned little girls, who manage to melt his villainous heart.
Any of these films make ideal family viewing but if not seen them, then it makes sense to watch them in order, starting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This magical movie introduces us to all the well-known and much-loved characters from the original books by J.K Rowling. Everybody, even grown-ups will wish they could have attended Hogwarts as their school. This movie takes you on a wonderful, magical adventure – perfect for getting out the lap tray and having an excuse to snack in front of the TV for a change. For personalised Lap Trays for the whole family, visit https://personalisedlaptrays.co.uk/collections/lap-trays
The Hunger Games
This film is better suited to slightly older children as it tells the dark tale of young people being forced to fight to the death in a televised event that takes place annually in the damaged land of Panem. Children from each of the country’s 12 districts are forced into this cruel arena but Katniss Everdeen, our heroine, starts a revolt that has huge consequences for the government. Stunning, gripping and edge-of-your-seat viewing.
The original films from the 70s and 80s have a charm and wit that some would argue you don’t get with the later movies. Whether you’re introducing the story to your children, or you’re an adult with a desire for nostalgia – family viewing doesn’t get much better or more entertaining than this galactic epic. Settle down to be whisked through the galaxy with all our favourite characters like Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and Yoda. The thrill of introducing it to your kids is almost as exciting as when you first saw it all those years ago.
For a bit of Friday night festive cheer when Christmas approaches, Elf starring Will Ferrell is a must-see seasonal classic. The hilarious story follows Buddy, a fully grown human man having been brought up in Father Christmas’ Elf Village making toys. The fun starts when he learns the truth about where he came from and decides to visit the human world, finding himself in the middle of a bustling pre-Christmas New York in search of his dad.