Movie list for a laid back Summer Weekend: Stay home, Stay safe

Movie list for a laid back Summer Weekend: Stay home, Stay safe

Nature has always been admired for its inspiring and surprising features. Its beauty has affected our senses, ideas about the outer or inner world, whether it results in belief or disbelief in its very existence. Nature has given a diversity of feelings such as awe, wonder, or amazement. But what is it about nature and the creation that make it up that cause us, frequently unwillingly, to feel or declare that they are beautiful? As Ralph Waldo Emerson has said, “The simple perception of natural forms is a delight.”, could be an answer. 

The different seasons are medium to experience the beauty and we are already at the initial stage of the summer season of the year, which occurs in May and June. Indeed, it is the hottest seasons, which comes after spring and before autumn. The days are the longest and the nights are the shortest. And its average temperature, 38 °C, makes people difficult to leave the house so does the present scenario of the pandemic. Like all other seasons in India, the summer season has its own special significance. Although the effect of this season is very annoying on us, nature shows its speciality through ripen crops. Moreover, we enjoy juicy fruits, like watermelon, mangoes, litchi, and many more. The joy of having lassi, syrup, ice cream, kulfi, lemonade is a delight of this season. And the summer rain comes as a pleasant gift to soothe us from the severity of the season. 

As we know, nature is always being a crucial source of imagination. Poets and writers of the Romantic Age (1798-1837), such as William Wordsworth, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, P.B Shelley, and John Keats are highly influenced by nature. A poetic line from Shelley’s famous poem, Ode to the West Wind“O Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”, where the poet gets the idea of cruelty as well as patience from nature. Similarly, in Indian English Literature some of the great writers and poets like Rabindranath Tagore, Sarojini Naidu, Ruskin Bond, Kamala Das, and many more found nature as a source of their inspiration. Tagore believed that man is supposed to live in harmony with nature and recognize that divinity prevails in all-natural elements including plants and animals; otherwise, man would lose his balance. He has presented his thoughts through his literary works. 

“In the fragrant days of sunny April through the forest path 

he comes, comes, and ever comes.

In the rainy gloom of July nights on the thundering chariot of clouds

He comes, comes, ever comes.” – Tagore.

The seasons come and go and leave memories and hope. Even though we are stuck inside our home, still we can have fun and create memories. We just need to enjoy the summer winds and spend time at home practising some engaging and entertaining activities. Like, watching some of the trendy movies to experience the season with more clarity. Here is a shortlist of the trendy movies to make your summer special. 

  • Finding 'Ohana (2021) 

Finding Ohana

Finding 'Ohana is a sweet, adventure film with a fastidious mix of action, adventure and emotion. It is streaming on Netflix as a children’s adventure story which tackles cultural identity. The story goes on like a couple of New York kids are searching for treasure in Oahu, an island in Hawaii, after their mother relocates there. Well, we all know how special the summer vacation is for school kids. It is an occasion to have fun and learn things other than school lessons. So, the movie would make them experience the adventure with fun and knowledge. The film has fantastically wrapped its influential exploration into the roots of cultural identity, relationship with home and family in classic adventure finery.

  • Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

Billy &Ted

Bill & Ted Face the Music is an American sci-fictional movie. It is the third film in Bill & Ted’s film series and the sequel to Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. It is a remarkably pleasant comedy about two good and middle-aged dads are trying to find their place in the world. That is anchored by genuinely sweet beliefs about the importance of friendship, honesty, and, most of all, music. Bill and Ted’s wacky adventures and bizarre encounters with their own variously transformed selves. The movie is amusing and Bill and Ted’s Peter Pannish incapability to accept the ageing process is enjoyably surreal, with a weird tinge of not-entirely-intentional tragedy makes it fun to watch. All the cast are amazing as well as likeable, and it’s a sweet-natured journey backwards and forwards down memory lane. 

  • Karwaan (2018)


Karwaan is a road comedy-drama film in the Hindi language. The characters of the movie take the viewers on the ride of a lifetime. The movie shows that two friends and a chirpy teenager take a road trip from Bangalore to Kochi. Throughout the journey, the viewers could experience the ups and downs of life, explore the beauty of India’s multiculturalism. There is a Malayali playing a Kannadiga and a Marathi playing a Malayali. The movie also presents a rather complicated time, a realisation by its overarching theme of life and death. It is available on Amazon Prime. 

  • The Holiday (2006)

The Holiday

The Holiday is a romantic comedy Hollywood movie. It follows the story of two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love. The women are Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet), a society columnist for The Daily Telegraph in London and Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz), a movie trailer producer in Los Angeles. The movie presents the idea of exploring and adopting new places. Like Iris has no trouble settling into Amanda's large house, but Amanda feels she has made a mistake and plans to return home the next day. But the circumstances make them live and love the respective places and discover themselves. 

  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Little miss

Little Miss Sunshine is an American comedy movie. The story deals with a Hoover family who decides to make a road trip from Albuquerque to Southern California after starry-eyed daughter Olive (Abigail Breslin) unexpectedly scores a spot in the regional Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. The road is full of all kinds of obstacles, including car trouble, lots of bickering, and even an unexpected death. But throughout the process of working together to help Olive make it to the pageant, the Hoovers come to understand each other afresh. Moreover, they began to appreciate the fact that no one else could possibly understand them except each other. It is a delightful film with a funny, tight script. It makes the viewers understand the value of family and how the beauty pageant serves as a metaphor for other competitions. 

Nothing beats the heat like watching the movies to spend a relaxing summer weekend with lemonade that too in your comfort zone. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is very obvious to find that people are missing to explore the world and the season. Moreover, it is not too late. Wishes could be accomplished through the movies. Hereafter, it is a new era to adopt a new lifestyle. 

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ? John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America