With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it seems perfectly fitting that our MM Top 5 for this edition would be films that the whole family can watch together. There’s nothing better than sitting down on a Sunday afternoon in the comfort of your own home and switching on a family classic. Here, I have selected 5 films that just scream “family fun”, so shall we take a look?
5. Night at the Museum
Night At The Museum: Number 5
Ben Stiller is at his best in a witty, hilarious comedy and Night At The Museum is no exception to that rule. A brilliant story coupled with an all-star cast including the likes of Robin Williams ensures that the film is fabulous from beginning to end. A sequel was released a few years after and managed to be as good as the first. It is however, a little too long and therefore means it can place no higher than number 5 on my list.
4. Shrek 2
Shrek 2: Number 4
A sequel I hear you cry! Fear not, Shrek 2 was a vast improvement on its already fine predecessor, but it added something that was sorely lacking in the first: a brilliantly dark sense of humour, from the constant references to fairy-tales to the often adult references, it really does sparkle from beginning to end. Add to this a fantastic performance from Jennifer Saunders and a show-stopping cameo from Simon Cowell and you have a recipe for success.
3. Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo: Number 3
The top 3 in this list were exceptionally difficult to choose between, thankfully however, I managed to make a decision. Finding Nemo is a case of doing everything right in a children’s film and to this day, it remains a firm favourite of mine. Whilst the storyline is a little ambiguous, there’s enough colour here to keep even the hardest to please entertained and with a lovely mix of emotion and humour blended together perfectly with fine voice-work from the actors and actresses involved; it created a wonderful concoction that was bound to impress.
Wall-E: Number 2
Wall:E was a game changer when it was released. Not only was it an animated Sci-fi adventure, it almost has no dialogue in it whatsoever, but it’s these quirks which make it such a favourite. Released to critical acclaim and rightly so, it fully deserves the silver medal in my list. Pixar hit a ceiling with this film and one which they haven’t been able to break through as of yet. The story is fresh, the environment is lush and it manages to tug at the heartstrings like few other family films. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend that you do, you won’t be left disappointed.
1. Mrs. Doubtfire
Mrs. Doubtfire: Number 1
Here we are, the number one spot in my list and a film which fully deserves its place. Often overlooked as not only the best family film of all time, but one of the best films of all time too, Mrs. Doubtfire proved a hit with audiences across the globe when it was released in 1993.
Robin Williams is sublime as a father who stops at nothing to see his children following a divorce, in fact he plays one of the best parts of his career and fully deserves the praise lavished on him since the role.
Pierce Brosnan and Sally Field also star but are pretty much sidelined by the performance of Robin Williams.
Add to Williams’ performance, a deep emotional core about family values mixed with some brilliant comic timing and you have a film which really is amazing to sit down and enjoy with the people that matter most.
As always, there are films which didn’t quite make the cut but have to, for one reason or another be featured in our ‘An Honourable Mention’ list.
An Honourable Mention
- Toy Story 2
- Monsters Inc.
- The Incredibles
- The Land Before Time
- The Lion King
- Oliver & Company
So, there we have it, the perfect films to sit and watch this weekend as you celebrate your mothers. Do you agree with the films I’ve chosen or is another film worthy of the title? Leave a comment in the box below.