It’s the weekend and no doubt many of you are recovering from work Christmas parties. The perfect time then to settle in for a movie night. There are so many festive films to choose from and everyone has their favourites and a list of the ones they don’t like.
On day 10 of blogmas, I’m going to share a few of my recommendations with you.
The Classic One
Whereas most people would go with It’s A Wonderful Life, my Christmas classic is White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Packed full of love, friendship, music, fun and everything else you want in a Christmas movie, White Christmas is completely wonderful.
In brief, set post-World War II, two soldiers become successful entertainers and are asked by a friend to check out an act that his two sisters are doing. The sisters are then booked to perform over the holidays at a lodge in Vermont which happens to be owned and run by the soldiers’ former commanding officer. However, it’s been unseasonal in Vermont and with no snow there are also no guests. Capers ensue with the soldiers rounding up the troops (quite literally) to put on a variety show to bring the guests in. The whole movie is just a true delight and if you haven’t seen it, please make 2016 the year you do.
The Traditional One
By traditional, I mean the kind of movie which has a Father Christmas you completely believe in. For me, Miracle on 34th Street ticks that box a hundred times over. Whilst I haven’t seen the original, I grew up with the 1994 remake starring Richard Attenborough (an actor, producer and director who could do no wrong in front of or behind a camera. From The Great Escape to Jurassic Park and everything else he was involved with, he was an absolute legend).
Believing in a jolly, friendly, old man who makes your greatest wishes a reality once a year is one of life’s most innocent pleasures and I think it’s a shame we can’t stay convinced for longer as we grow up. Miracle on 34th Street focuses not only on that childhood belief but also on the doubt we start to get over the reality of Father Christmas. If there’s one reason above all else to watch this movie then it’s because I’m pretty convinced that Richard Attenborough was actually the real man in red.
The Nostalgic One
There is no other film (festive or otherwise) which I have seen as many times nor know as many lines from. It’s the Christmas movie of my childhood and the one which I’ve never heard someone say they didn’t like (if you don’t like it, then please comment and tell me why because I’ve never met anyone yet). My nostalgic Christmas movie is Home Alone.
From loud, crazy families, running the roost on your own and getting to do whatever you want, funny things happening to bad guys, to people turning out to be totally different from what you’d been led to believe. I love this film and everything about it.
The Pretend Grown-up One
Whilst I’m pretty sure Elf was supposed to be a ‘kids’ movie, I’m also pretty sure there aren’t many grown-ups out there who haven’t seen it and couldn’t quote endlessly from it. It’s hilarious and heart-warming in equal measures and if you haven’t joined Buddy on a journey “through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest” and “through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops” then you definitely should.
Probably the only time I don’t find Zooey Deschanel super annoying is in this film and I think that’s because she’s so well-balanced by Will Ferrell, James Caan and the rest of the amazing cast. This movie needs to be watched multiple times every year (even if it’s not Christmas time) and it really is true that “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”
The Controversial One
If the story in a movie takes place on Christmas Eve, is about a man trying to get home to his kids and estranged wife for the holidays, is set against the backdrop of an office Christmas party, and the end credits roll to ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’, then it is 100% classed as a Christmas movie.
Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about Die Hard. And if anyone out there dares to claim that this isn’t a Christmas movie then please re-read the paragraph above!
I love an action movie and this is a true classic. But it’s so much more than that because it is after all a Christmas movie; about family (John trying to make things right with his wife and be with his kids for Christmas) and friendship (that moment when John and Sgt. Al meet face to face after all the radio support…*trying hard not to cry*); the important things in life.
What are your Christmas favourites? Which movie do you have to watch otherwise it just isn’t Christmas? Do you have a present-wrapping movie, a putting up the tree movie or a post-Christmas dinner movie?