Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider, as recommended by the Deseret News arts and entertainment department. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations or ratings are included.
London: Home of Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and a marmalade-loving bear. The recent release of "Paddington 2," along with other movies set in London, feature some historic landmarks, bustling streets and charming accents from across the pond. Here are five films set in London for families to consider.
In theaters: 'Paddington 2'
The young Peruvian bear with a "worrying marmalade habit" returns in "Paddington 2." Now at home with the Brown family in London, Paddington is on the hunt for a present for his aunt Lucy's 100th birthday. He finds a pop-up book of London and takes a bunch of odd jobs in order to purchase the publication as a present for his aunt. But when the antique book is stolen and Paddington is sent to prison, the little bear must learn his way around the big house as the Browns scour the town in search of the real culprit. Josh Terry of Deseret News awarded the film three stars out of four and called the film a "welcome gift for families" this year, and a movie "full of character and charm." The PG-rated film has a 100 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
DVD: 'Mary Poppins'
Mr. and Mrs. Banks, a wealthy British couple, seek a new nanny for their two children. When Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) arrives with a magical umbrella and bag, she not only takes the children on enchanting adventures around London, but also helps members of the family appreciate one another. Common Sense Media called the musical "one of the all-time great family movies" with "melodic music, fancy dancing and cartoon segments" that will engage viewers of all ages. This film won five Oscars, including best actress for Andrews and best music for the song "Chim Chim Cher-ee." Dick Van Dyke co-stars as Bert. The G-rated film has a 100 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
DVD: 'Peter Pan'
Set in London, Disney’s animated “Peter Pan” is enjoyed by audiences young and old. There are several adaptations of the tale of "the boy who won't grow up," who whisks away Wendy and her brothers to Neverland. Parent Previews attributes the film’s enduring ability to “hook” fans to “the animated magic and enchanting music, or maybe it’s the classic tale’s reminder of youth’s simple pleasures.” Common Sense Media recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.
iTunes: 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'
This first film in the Harry Potter series introduces a young Harry Potter, who is rescued from his neglectful aunt and uncle, and boards Hogwarts Express at King's Cross railway station in London, bound for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Common Sense Media notes that the film “has some intense and scary moments. Harry Potter and friends — who are only 11 years old here — are in peril and get hurt, but not seriously, and most of the scares come from fantasy creatures.” The website awarded the film five stars out of five and recommends it for viewers ages 7 and older.
iTunes: '101 Dalmatians'Comment on this story
Roger and Anita live a happy life in London with their Dalmatian dogs Pongo and Perdy. But when Anita's boss, Cruella De Vil, finds out that puppies are on the way, she makes plans to dognap the pups and create a luxurious coat. Although the film is rated G, Parent Previews notes parents may want to be cautious when showing it to children due to pervasive slapstick violence, the "antics of the dognapping crooks" and the visual stunts and gags. Commons Sense Media recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.