Weekend watch: Movies for water babies
This summer, reach out for DVDs where the cool blue waters form the lead
Fool's Gold (2008)
Reuniting the team from How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, the movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson as recently-divorced couple, Ben and Tess. Deep-sea treasure hunter Ben is certain that he's happened upon the trail of a hidden treasure. Succumb to McConaughey at his charming best, as he tries to win over his longtime research and diving partner, and ex-wife Tess (who he's still in love with) to help him in his search.
Finding Nemo (2003)
This always gives us the warm fuzzies. Marlin, a clown fish, is a typical overprotective parent to Nemo, who has a clipped fin. When Nemo tries to prove himself by swimming in the deep-end far from the coral settlement, he is caught by a diver. Now Marlin joined by Dory (voiced unforgettably by Ellen DeGeneres) swim across the ocean encountering sharks, jellyfish, and other aquatic nightmares to get to Sydney where Nemo is living in a fish tank in a dentist's office.
Life Of Pi (2012)
This critically acclaimed adaptation of Yann Martel's novel combines serious tragedy with fantastical elements to tell Pi's story of survival. On selling their zoo in India, Santosh (Adil Hussain) and Gita Patel (Tabu) board a freighter with their sons and remaining animals to move to Canada. Their journey at sea is cut short due to a terrible storm that leaves the Patels' teenage son, Pi (Suraj Sharma), as the only human survivor. But Pi is not alone; a Bengal tiger, Richard Parker, has also found refuge aboard the lifeboat. As days turn into weeks and weeks drag into months, Pi and the tiger learn to trust each other, and caring for Richard Parker keeps Pi alive.
Steven Spielberg's bloodfest is an artistic feat, best remembered for its human-shark fight-offs and consecutive sequels. Start with the original Jaws, where, a gigantic great white shark terrorises the small island community of Amity, and a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman come to its rescue.
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
A coming-of-age story of two teenagers, The Blue Lagoon follows Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard Lestrange (Christopher Atkins), who are stranded on an island. With no adults to guide them, the two build a simple life together until sexual maturity hits and tears them apart. And you thought puberty and high school was a killer combination.