Going to the cinemas and watching family movies with your parents and/or children is something of a staple in our society. It is an occasion that is filled with excitement and childish wonder, and establishes family bonds (also, nothing beats the smell of movie popcorn!) Here are 5 upcoming family movies to watch at the cinemas in 2019.
1: Pokemon Detective Pikachu
Based on the 2016 video game of the same name, Pokemon Detective Pikachu is set in a world where humans interact with the famous Pokemon. In this family movie, Tim Goodman (played by Justice Smith) teams up with deerstalker-wearing Pikachu (voiced by the smooth-talking Ryan Reynolds) in order to find his missing detective father, as well as encountering different types of Pokemon. This family movie is great for any fan – old or young- of the Pokemon franchise and will be sure to leave children and parents laughing.
Following the trajectory of today’s Disney films, Aladdin is a live-action remake of the famous 1992 animated film. Like the original, this family movie centres around the adventures of street-rat Aladdin as he encounters the wise-cracking Genie (played by Will Smith) and the villainous Jafar, while falling in love with the princess Jasmine. Furthermore, like 2017’s Beauty and the Beast and the original movie, Aladdin will also be a musical. Whether you’re filled with nostalgia or enchanted by the landscape of Agrabah for the first time, this family movie is a great way to introduce your children to the magic of Disney.
3: The Lion King
A remake of the 1994 Disney classic, The Lion King brings the characters we know and love to life amidst the backdrop of the African Sahara. The movie centres on the life of Simba and his struggle to become the king of Pride Rock, while battling against his uncle Scar. The movie boasts a stellar voice cast, with the likes of Donald Glover (Simba), Beyonce Knowles-Carter (Nala), Seth Rogen (Pumba), Billy Eichner (Timon) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), as well as James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa. With Hans Zimmer returning to score the film, this family movie is sure to make everyone sing along to ‘The Circle of Life’ and ‘Hakuna Matata’.
4: Spider-Man: Far From Home
The first film to be set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, this family movie focuses on Peter Parker (Tom Holland) going to Europe on a school trip, where he is recruited by former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and must team up with Mysterio (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) to defeat a group called the Elementals. Moreover, Spider-Man: Far From Home will also delve into how Peter will cope with figuring out his place in a post-Endgame world. A movie for any lover of Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this family movie is sure to keep children entertained.
5: Toy Story 4
This family movie is the fourth installment of the much beloved Toy Story franchise. In this movie, which is set a few years after Toy Story 3, Woody, Buddy and their friends go on a road trip with their owner Bonnie and her family, where they come across new toys, including an arts and crafts toy named Forky, as well as reuniting with their old friend, Bo Peep. This family movie is one for all ages, bringing a sense of nostalgia to adults who grew up with the first Toy Story movie, as well as bringing excitement and wonder to the children of today.