The weather is picking up and getting warmer and how better to celebrate than watching a feel-good Summer inspired film? Here is Love London Love Culture’s guide to some great Summer films:
1. Dirty Dancing: “It was the summer of 1963, when everybody called me Baby and it didn’t occur to me to mind. It was before Kennedy got shot, before The Beatles, when I wanted to join the Peace Corps and I didn’t think I’d ever find a guy as great as my dad.” and with that you are swept into one of the most iconic summer films of all time! It might be a bit of a chick flick – but Dirty Dancing is a classic feel-good film set during the summer months, celebrating dancing and being alive.
2. Grease: everything about this classic film is upbeat, entertaining and enjoyable that it puts a smile on your face no matter how many times you watch it. Yes it is cheesy – but it never hides from its sunny disposition that makes it a perfect watch over the ‘Summer Nights’.
3. Pride & Prejudice: Summer in Britain might be naturally assumed to be wet and miserable but films like Pride and Prejudice (or even the book) can lighten the heart and offer pure escapism in terms of beautiful countryside that always seems to be bathed in sunshine as well as the romantic entanglements that take place, offering a hint of real life summer – even if the weather doesn’t match!
4. Walking on Sunshine: this 2014 film might not be the best musical in the world but it is pure fun. Filled with classic 80’s songs and plenty of dancing, it captures the spirit of summer and is filled with sunshine from beginning to end. Who doesn’t want to sing and dance in the sunshine?
5. Mamma Mia!: featuring the songs of Abba, this good natured and harmless musical set on a Greek island shows how much fun there is to be had in the sunshine with friends and family.
6. To Catch a Thief: for those who prefer a film with a bit more action and suspense, this Alfred Hitchcock film is perfect for you. Starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, it is filled with the glamour and glitz of the French Riviera that puts you in holiday mood – except for the missing jewels storyline that runs through might persuade you to leave your expensive jewellery at home!
7. Some Like it Hot: this absolute classic film is perfect for summer viewing because of its light hearted vibe and being set on the sunny shores of Florida adds to the summery feel of the film. The fabulous performances of all of the cast are pure silliness but excellently delivered as summer is all about letting go and being adventurous – well if you consider being chased by a bunch of criminals as adventurous that is!