5 on the fly: retro movies on the comeback

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by Sarah Halfpenny

From timeless classics to childhood favourites, there’s a resurgence of filmmakers bringing retro cinematic gems or beloved fictional characters to the silver screen, reigniting nostalgia and enchanting new generations. Here are five you can catch at the cinemas in 2023!

  1. Barbie

Get ready for a glamorous and empowering cinematic experience as Margot Robbie takes on the iconic role of Barbie, with Ryan Gosling as Ken, and narrated by Helen Mirren. They’re bringing the beloved dolls to life in a brand-new adventure comedy, released in Australia on 20 July.

  1. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Adventure awaits as Harrison Ford returns as the legendary archaeologist, Indiana Jones, in ‘The Dial of Destiny.’ This final instalment of the franchise is another thrilling quest filled with ancient artefacts, perilous escapades, and a race against time that will leave you breathless. John Williams, who has scored each Indiana Jones adventure since the original Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, has once again composed the score.

  1. The Little Mermaid

Dive into a magical underwater realm as ‘The Little Mermaid’ comes to life in a mesmerising live-action remake. Join Ariel on her enchanting journey filled with love, music, and breathtaking visuals. The talented Halle Bailey takes the lead as Ariel, accompanied by the hilarious Melissa McCarthy, who brings her unique charm to the role of the iconic Ursula.

  1. Wonka

Get ready for a whimsical journey through the chocolate factory as Timothée Chalamet breathes new life into the role of Willy Wonka (alongside other famous British actors including Hugh Grant, Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman and Matt Lucas), in what is being described as a prequel to ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Set to be released in Australia in December 2023.

  1. The Exorcist

Prepare for a chilling and unforgettable cinematic experience as the horror classic ‘The Exorcist’ is reborn in 2023, with a sequel to the original. Anchored by the extraordinary talents of Ellen Burstyn (who starred in the 1973 seminal version) and Leslie Odom Jr., this promises to deliver bone-chilling scares and a fresh take on demonic possession.

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