With cinemas closed and everyone (hopefully) practising social distancing, we are going to provide you with some suggestions to help you get by until things (hopefully) get back to normal. Let us know your own recommendations in the comments below or on Twitter.
Each week, we’ll give you a recommendation for films to watch in place of the films that were meant to have been in cinemas but have been delayed. This week: Mulan and Onward.
The Forbidden Kingdom
Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Year of Release: 2008
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Written by: John Fusco
Starring: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Collin Chou, Liu Yifei, Li Bingbing and Michael Angarano
While hunting down bootleg kung fu DVDs in a Chinatown pawnshop, Jason Tripitikas makes an extraordinary discovery that sends him hurtling back in time to ancient China. There, Jason is charged with a monumental task: He must free the fabled warrior the Monkey King, who has been imprisoned by the powerful Jade Warlord. Jason is joined in his quest by wise kung fu master Lu and a band of misfit warriors including Silent Monk. But only by learning the true precepts of kung fu can Jason hope to succeed–and find a way to get back home.
The Forbidden Kingdom is one of the few Western films Liu Yifei made prior to Mulan, so this is an opportunity to get familiar with her before her big Disney debut. This is also the first time Jackie Chan and Jet Lee worked together so you know the fighting is top-notch, even if the story may not be up to par.
Mulan has been delayed indefinitely.
Find out where you can watch The Forbidden Kingdom here.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Year of Release: 2010
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Written by: Craig Titley (Screenplay by), Rick Riordan (Based on the Novel by)
Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Joe Pantoliano and Uma Thurman
Trouble-prone Percy Jackson is having problems in high school – but that’s the least of his challenges. It’s the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus seem to have walked out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology texts and into his life. Percy has learned that his real father is Poseidon, god of the sea, which means Percy is a demigod – half human, half god. At the same time, the powerful gods on Olympus are feuding, which could launch a war enveloping our entire planet.
Much like Onward, Percy Jackson features a road trip, previously unknown abilities, magical creatures and a previously unmet father. A fun kids movie that might not have the emotional heights of Onward but is sure to keep kids entertained.
Onward was briefly in cinemas. It is available VOD in the US and select countries and is slated for release on Disney+ 3rd of April. Check out our Onward review.
Find out where you can watch Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief here.
Movie of the Week
Five Feet Apart
Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Year of Release: 2019
Directed by: Justin Baldoni
Written by: Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
Starring: Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moisés Arias and Kimberly Hébert Gregory