I should make it clear that despite the title, I’m not a fan of the current ‘remake every movie that you can remember even if nobody asked for it era’ that we’re currently being held hostage to, but I live in London which means I wake up to grey skies, torrential rain and blistering cold wind every morning, basically ensuring that today will be another lazy day which will eventually turn into a movie marathon. During my movie marathons I began to crave a dose of familiarity that would give me some comfort whilst I hibernate through the English winter and these 3 movies instantly popped up in my head.
- Space Jam (the original!)
This was a childhood staple, I remember watching this for the first time and wishing that at some point I would run into the Looney tunes and be transported into their universe to join the Tune Squad, this obviously didn’t happen but the memory of this movie stuck with me as it was the closest that I could get. I still remember the theme song to this day and honestly believe that this movie is enough to still keep me entertained, the fusion of the cartoon world and the real word planted a seed of intrigue in my mind that never really left.
2. Speed Racer
Now this one is difficult to explain, if you were to ask me what my favourite part of this film was or what I love so much about it, I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell you. As an adult I can reluctantly agree to the criticisms that this film received but 6-year-old me, watching this in the cinema, absolutely loved it. The only way I can describe this movie is like living inside an arcade game that doesn’t really make sense, has no clear direction but is undoubtedly a good time. The vibrant colours that explode through the screen combined with the wacky characters make for a fantastical and whimsical movie experience that, whilst flawed, remains to be a quintessential childhood memory for me.
3. The Incredibles
This Pixar classic had me fully invested from the moment I watched it, I had the actions figures the Nintendo DS game and still have the DVD. This movie has everything, a great premise, engaging characters and action packed story telling cementing it as one of Pixar’s best. It appeals to the kids but also carries messages that are more relatable for the adults, although this is a Pixar movie it is in no way just a children’s film. The variety of characters within the film allow the audience to grow with it, depending on where you are in your life, my favourite characters are constantly changing and have gone from Jack-Jack to Edna Mode to Bomb Voyage. This movie will never get old, and if for some unexplainable reason you haven’t seen it, it has be next on your list.