Few family events are more satisfying than a learning activity together that is both exciting and challenging, and many films can provide entertainment while educating and inspiring parents and children alike.
More recent box-office smashes are known to everyone of course — Harry Potter is familiar to millions for the adventures that sprang to life on the screen from the best-selling series of books by JK Rowling — and recent films like The Chronicles of Narnia, adapted from such classics as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis, have also captured the public imagination.
Other options include the stop-motion animated picture James and the Giant Peach, based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, as well as Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and its interesting and quirky take on a young girl’s thoughts on life.
If you’re looking for some of the best books turned into movies, the options are truly limitless. Great directors such as David Lean — who numbers Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge Over the River Kwai among his accomplishments — also directed excellent versions of Charles Dickens’s classic works Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. Moreover, few know that the great English writer Aldous Huxley worked for a time as a screenwriter, adapting Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to the screen in 1940.
Whatever film you choose, be sure to know that finding family-friendly options for finding great educational and entertaining movies makes for a great adventure in itself!
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