Five of the Best – Bank Holiday Movies

Stuck for movies on a Bank Holiday?

Welcome back to Five of the Best and this week we are discussing what should be a part of your bank holiday viewing with our best “Bank Holiday Movies” list!

Next week is the start of May and with it comes a nicely timed bank holiday weekend, giving us the chance to catch up on work we’ve fallen behind on!?

Erm… No! Just no!

What I really meant was, it’s the perfect opportunity to crack open the extra bottle of beer or wine, bask in the sunshine (if there is any), have a BBQ and watch dozens of movies whilst nursing a hangover. Here’s our list..


Cool Runnings (Turteltaub, 1993)

Cool Runnings

Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme.. What isn’t there to like about Cool Runnings? For starters its based (loosely) on true events. It also has the great John Candy as the Jamaican Bobsleigh teams trainer/manager and has coined so many catchphrases that people often question “Where have I heard that before!?”

The answer is Cool Runnings. Its a cult movie for a reason.

Sadly, Cool Runnings would be the last film of John Candy’s to be released before his untimely death in 1994. He was his own worst critic and it was said that he hated his own performances so much, he would never watch his own films.


Back to the Future (Zemeckis, 1985)

Back to the Future

Back to the Future is truly perfect bank holiday movie viewing. Why? The film that shot Michael J. Fox to super-stardom is pure escapism as we are propelled back in time to 1950s America. I can’t remember a film that is as easy to watch as Back to the Future. Just shy of two hours in runtime, it features perhaps one of the most eccentric performances ever to reach our screens in Christopher Lloyd’s portrayal of Doctor “Doc” Emmett Brown, a mad scientist.

I must have seen it one hundred times with at least 20% of those being on a bank holiday weekend. The TV stations love this one and so do I because so sit back and watch Doc Brown and Marty Mcfly travel time in a DeLorean and you will forget all about the hangover… Maybe.


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Hughes, 1986)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Bueller.. Bueller.. Bueller!

This film comes straight out of John Hughes book of classics. Matthew Broderick takes the lead as the high school teenager who will do anything to take a day off school. Cue the never-ending cycle of practical jokes and gags.

This is the film the set the blueprint for other high school comedy classics such as American Pie (Weitz, 1999) and Superbad (Mottola, 2007) and with the magical touch of John Hughes, deserves a place on the bank holiday movie viewing list.

My favourites moments are with high school teacher Ed Rooney played by Jeffrey Jones as he attempts to call Ferris Bueller’s bluff by catching him faking a day of school sick. What follows is endless slapstick comedy with a screwball soundtrack to match.


Jumanji (Johnston, 1995)

Jumanji

The late, great Robin Williams plays Alan Parrish, a man stuck inside a board game for over twenty years. This sounds insane right? Wrong!

Jumanji is perfect viewing on a bank holiday as we follow the trials and tribulatons of what happens when Kirsten Dunst and her brother discover a board game covered in cobwebs in the attic of their new house. There’s stampede, giant spiders, poisonous plants and the evil Van Pelt with every roll of the dice and the worst thing? Those who start the board game, must finish it!

The CGI graphics may look incredibly dated by todays standards but that is all part of the charm in the 1990s classic. Was there a bad film that Robin Williams made in the nineties? Following on from the huge success of Mrs Doubtfire (Columbus, 1993), Jumanji is a brilliantly entertaining family movie.


Joe Versus the Volcano (Shanley, 1990)

Joe Versus the Volcano

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan meet for the first time in this quirky movie directed by John Patrick Shanley. What’s great about this film is how it plays as a satire for “normal” people in everyday life. Joe played by Tom Hanks is diagnosed with a brain cloud and decides to change his lifestyle, living life to the fullest for his remaining days.

We are introduced to Meg Ryan three times throughout the movie in a variety of roles and with this we witness the Hanks/Ryan on-screen chemistry that audiences would later become familiar with in Sleepless in Seattle (Ephron, 1993) and You’ve Got Mail (Ephron, 1998)

You would be forgiven for thinking that this movie is an adventure film with a romantic comedy theme running throughout but it’s much much more than this. Tom Hanks is so good at portraying a variety of emotions through different subtle facial expressions and has the ability to make you laugh and cry at the same time.

You can see from his performance here that it wouldn’t be long before he would go on to win Oscar(s).


That’s it for this week! Which choices do you agree with? Which choices don’t you agree with? As always feel free to comment and be sure to check out our other blogs!

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