Once in a while there comes a movie that defines a generation. It triggers memories of innocent childhood nostalgia and makes us believe everything is right with the world. Streaming service Netflix is now tapping into its viewers’ sentimental side.
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)
The original movie is based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl. Don’t confuse it with 2005’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, although both are equally entertaining. Starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, the 1971 classic may not be as enthralling as the remake when it comes to special effects, but it will keep you glued to the couch.
Why you should watch it: Gene Wilder performing the title song Pure Imagination tops showmanship.
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
This was Tim Burton’s full-length directorial debut and is still rated as one of his best. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure introduces us to the bizarre world of Pee-wee Herman - the ageless protagonist that has an unusual attachment to his bike.
After it’s stolen, we see Herman travel across the US to reclaim it.
Why you should watch it: There are some really colourful characters.
This movie spawned a whole movement when it was launched. Every child over the age of 6 wanted to be a Ghostbuster. Even modern day ghost hunters looked up to these characters as their heroes. This movie was the launch pad for Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray’s careers.
Why you should watch it: “If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!
The Flintstones (1994)
When the classic cartoon show made it to the big screen, everyone was using Fred Flintstone’s famous catchphrase “yabadabadoo”.
Very much a kiddie’s movie, there’s a strong adult element to it as well after Fred discovers his boss is manipulating him to be the fall guy for an embezzlement scheme.
Best scene: Fred and Wilma performing the Bedrock Twitch.
My Girl (1991)
A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend.
Why you should watch it: You'll cry every single time at exactly the same moments.
The Neverending Story (1984)
This movie set the precedent for all of the fantasy movies.
Bastian is a young boy tormented by school bullies. He escapes to a bookshop where the old proprietor reveals an ancient storybook to him. Shortly after, he “borrows” the book and begins to read it and is drawn into the mythical land of fantasia.
Why you’ll watch it: When Falkor, the dragon, appears confusion reigns. Is a dog? Is it a dragon?
Please note, some of the mentioned movies are currently streaming on Netflix SA, while others will be added to the library at a later date.