A new challenger has emerged in the land of the streaming services. Meet Paramount+, which I may get eventually to watch Champions League soccer. There’s some classic TV shows on there, and some new stuff is heading out way as well, but what about the movies? I had to check and see what movies are on the Paramount+ app. If you have signed up for it – or just have a free one-month trial – here are some movies to check out this weekend.
This week I wrote about the films of 1981. The box-office winner that year was Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first Indiana Jones film. Well the four Indiana films are now on Paramount+, and I definitely recommend Raiders. It’s a rollicking adventure and will get your energy up to start an evening of watching films. Hell, you could even make it a night of just Indiana Jones films if you really wanted to, though I only really like two of them (but I probably like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull more than most as well).
Ooh, since we’re on this adventure and globetrotting route, let’s go with Lost City of Z next. This is a film starring Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson. It’s based on a true story about Percy Fawcett, an explorer who went into the Amazon looking for a lost ancient civilization in the 1920s. This is kind of a more serious, less action-packed take on Indiana Jones. There are no melting Nazis, but there is adventure.
OK, I inadvertently got into a travel theme here, so I am going to stick with it. I am ending with Rat Race, a quasi-remake of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World but with, like, Jon Lovitz instead of Sid Caesar. It’s not a particularly good movie, but it’s also not bad. Rat Race is silly, but it has some good jokes and there is a treasure hunt at the center of it that gives it a wide scope comedies don’t really have anymore. By this point in the evening, you might want to just chill and end your night with something light. That’s exactly what Rat Race is good for.
This only scratches the surface of Paramount+’s movie options. It seems pretty solid, all things considered.