3. The Festival
Not for anyone who is easily offended - or below a certain age - this is the funniest film to make it to my list. The producers have made no secret of its connections to the inbetweeners, starring one of its lead actors and sharing the immature, crude vibe of the old series. In fact, the opening scene of the film features two inbetweeners actors, with the lead actor appearing to play the same character in both.
The good news is, the strangely familiar set-up is utterly hilarious and, therefore, perfectly okay. It seems somehow acceptable to market what is, essentially, the same film twice if the film is funny enough.
And this is not just funny: in a typically inbetweeners fashion, it is downright crude, outrageous, butt-wrenchingly disgusting and, somehow, brilliant. It is as shocking as it is obvious, as ridiculous as it is accurate and for that, it is well worth a watch.
2. Mamma Mia 2
On a more universal, and certainly more polite level, is the much awaited sequel to the original hit, Mamma Mia, based on and including the songs of ABBA. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again tells the story of Donna, from the day she leaves university to the day she christens Sophie.
Flitting between Donna's early life and Sophie's present day, the all-star cast tell a tale of love, adventure and heart-break that cuts the heart a little deeper than its predecessor.
My only real criticism of the film is the use of Cher whose role could, frankly, have been played by anyone. Her scenes did feel a little twee and unnecessary.
This was more than made up for by the sheer comedy of the film, with some stonking one-liners that left me with face-ache from all the laughing.
If you loved the first film, love to laugh or just enjoy a sing-song, this is definitely a film for you.
1. Christopher Robin
Taking it's place at the top of my list is Disney's Christopher Robin, by far my favourite film of the year so far. Based on A.A.Milne's original tales, the film presents Christopher Robin all grown up. Having more or less forgotten about his old friends from the 100 Acre Wood, Christopher is as alarmed as he is delighted to be greeted by none other than Winnie-the-Pooh.
Many have attempted to analyse Winnie-the-Pooh, identifying different traits in each character, interpreting the philosophy behind his famous phrases and determining ulterior motives and messages behind the writing. But all this is really rather unnecessary, for, one of the true pieces of magic behind Winnie-the-Pooh is his ability to make audiences of all ages and degrees of cynicism simply smile.
My smile did not fade at any point from the second the film started and continued for much of the evening after it. As such, it is well worth a watch.