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Top 5 Easter Films for the Easter Break
Hop into a modern Easter story
Easter is a time for many that involves lots of chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies, religious connections, family, friends and some much deserved time off work and school. So for the viewing pleasure of the whole family I provide my 5 top picks for Easter films to enjoy on your Easter break.
1. Old school : It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.
Charlie Brown in another clasic
Charlie Brown and the peanuts is a cartoon based upon the cartoon strip by Charles M. Schulz which I, my family and grandparents have loved for as long I can remember. This Easter delight is a fantastic example with great references to the 70's with its creation in 1974. As the gang ready themselves for Easter festivities Sally is on the search for the perfect platform shoes, Peppermint Patty enjoys decorations with coloured eggs and the gang together search for the Easter bunny.
This 30 minute classic is a win for the whole family and has fun with the holiday theme while staying true to this classic cartoon.
2. Modern Easter tale: Hop
Hop into a modern Easter story
Hop, released in 2011, is the most recent Easter film released with all the pizzazz of Hollywood and CGI combined together in this heart-warming and funny story. Russell Brand is the voice of the teenage rabbit (E.B), who is set on being a drummer rather than succeeding as the next Easter bunny. Rather than following in his father's furry footsteps and continuing the family business, E.B hightails it to Hollywood to pursue his musical career.
The film is filled with Easter references, lots of colour and kid friendly jokes. Although not highly regarded by critics, I believe this is a great movie for kids.
3. Religious Easter release: The Passion of the Christ
Mel Gibson's Easter masterpiece
The Passion of the Christ, filmed in 2004, is an intoxicating masterpiece that was recorded not in English but impressively in ancient languages of Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew. Mel Gibson directed the film that details the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth and the events that lead to his crucifixion in Jerusalem. After the last supper, the film follows the events from betrayal by Judas, through to accusations of blasphemy, Jesus and his trial and then condemnation to death. The film was notably surrounded by controversy because of its subject matter and its violence. It is a powerful film, regardless of your religious beliefs and one to be watched once the little ones go off to sleep.
4. Musical : Easter Parade
No Easter movie list would be complete without Easter Parade. This 1948 American-made film features Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, both amazing actors in their own right, and featuring some of their most popular songs and music by Irving Berlin (also famous for songs like Happy holiday, God Bless America and White Christmas).
This classic film centres around Don Hewes and Nadine Hale, who are a fantastic dancing team. Nadine decides to strike out on her own leaving Don to join up with the very next dancer he meets - Hannah Brown. This new pairing becomes very successful. There is controversy when Florenz Ziegfeld is interested in them, but as Nadine dances the chorus line of the Ziegfeld Follies, Don says no. Although clearly in love with Hannah, he keeps things all business, leaving Hannah to suspect that he is still in love with Nadine. Comedy and songs ensue. A fantastic uplifting film
5. Adult comedy: Hank and Mike
A story of bunny suits, booze and friendship
This Easter comedy filmed in 2008, stars Joe Mantegna and Chris Klein, who as professional Easter bunnies don the fluffy pink suits on a professional basis for their yearly duties. Hank and Mike, as a sense of duty, deliver Easter baskets to families everywhere but on this particular year, Easter Enterprises as a "Tier 2" holiday – compared to Christmas or Hanukkah are unceremoniously downsized. The unfortunate pair are soon fired from their current line of work and struggle to match their egg hiding skills and love of booze with any future jobs. The pair learn about the importance of friendship while wearing fur. A bit of silly film for the kid in all the adults.