When it comes to Mother’s Day, I often find myself wondering what presents to get. But then I saw an advert that suggested taking your mother to the cinema which, of course, I thought was brilliant as I’m such a film fanatic.
Here are some of the best films on at the cinema this Mother’s Day:
The Guilt Trip
Seth Rogen stars alongside Barbara Streisand in The Guilt Trip. Whilst the film’s first reviews haven’t been too favourable, the plot sounds perfect for a trip to the cinema with your mum.
Rogen plays Andy Brewster, the inventor of a cleaning fluid, who needs to go on a cross-country trip to try and sell his product. When he stops by his mother’s house he ends up reluctantly inviting her along for the trip. Inevitably, this leads to numerous awkward moments and arguments.
Mothers will probably love the casting of Barbara Streisand, who stars in her first leading role since 1996. It is a great film choice for those who want to see something quite easy going and light-hearted.
Oz: The Great and the Powerful
Sam Raimi’s prequel to The Wizard of Oz is another firm favourite this Mother’s Day.
James Franco portrays Oscar Diggs, an unethical circus magician, who is transported to the vibrant land by a tornado. Like the 1939 film, this prequel starts in black-and-white before bursting into colour when Diggs lands in Oz. Initially, he is thrilled that he is immediately famous there as its inhabitants believe he is the prophesised wizard sent to restore peace in their land.
However his attitude soon changes when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). As Diggs begins to transform into the powerful Wizard of Oz, we also see the three witches mould into the roles of The Wicked Witch of the West, The Wicked Witch of the East and The Good Witch of the North.
The film stands alone but there are clear influences from the original film and the stage show, Wicked.
Side Effects is a thought provoking thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features brilliant performances by Rooney Mara and Jude Law and looks at how the side effects of anti-depressant drugs could influence our actions.
Mara plays Emily Taylor, a seriously depressed woman who has attempted suicide numerous times. Dr. Banks, her psychiatrist (Jude Law), is persuaded by her previous doctor to prescribe her a new experimental drug, Ablixa. However, when Emily commits a serious crime, the psychological analysis puts it down to the side effects of the drug, but Dr. Banks isn’t so sure.
The plot will keep you captivated throughout as you try to judge Emily’s psychological state. This is a great choice if you want something to keep you guessing.
Like the Nicholas Sparks adaptations before it (The Notebook, The Last Song, A Walk to Remember), Safe Haven is an romantic drama film.
The film follows Erin (Julianne Hough) after she runs away from her abusive husband. She changes her name and appearance and moves to North Carolina, where she befriends her neighbour Jo (Cobie Smulders) and falls in love with widower Alex (Josh Duhamel). Unfortunately, her husband finds out where she’s moved to…
Safe Haven features dramatic moments, romantic clichés and a topless Josh Duhamel, something no girl will deny enjoying!
There are some great films out at the moment, so why not treat your mum to a nice trip to the cinema this weekend!