Christmas is fast approaching!! We’re all excited for the presents, the Christmas feast, the quality time with our loved ones. One of the best things is the festive movies! A night in, enjoying these movies with family, under blankets, a warm fireplace and a glass of eggnog and popcorn. Here are some of our favourite Christmas movies!
Home Alone is a beloved Christmas classic from the 90’s. It being known as the movie that defined childhood star Macaulay Culkin. The movie follows Kevin McCallister, an entitled 8 year old boy with an attitude problem in a family too big to deal with his antics. After getting into trouble with the entire family, Kevin wishes his family out of existence. His wish is granted as the family leaves for Paris and accidentally forgets him. Meanwhile, a string of burglaries have been occurring by the “wet bandits”. Kevin must learn to take care of himself and eventually defend his home from the robbers that threaten it all while he’s Home Alone. A movie that will give a lot of laughs and remind everyone there’s never a wrong time to turn the other cheek, especially during the holiday season.
This ones a tricky one. Is it a Halloween film or a Christmas film? A Gothic mix of Halloween and Christmas with great story telling and songs through the use of ‘claymation.’ Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King grows tired of always scaring and wants to search for more than the Halloween town he lives in. His solution comes when he stumbles into Christmas town and decides that wants to bring the holiday to his own world and fill the role for the year. Only to find challenges, companions, confrontations and a re-appreciation for his life. It’s endearing tone and style has made it a cult classic.
Here we have one of the most classic Christmas movies, having been adapted a number of times. We chose this one as it was the only major one to be transformed into an animation. A Christmas Carol, based on the Charles Dickens classic novel follows the journey of Ebenezer Scrooge, cold-hearted miser who despises Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by 3 spirits, The Ghost of Christmas Past where he is taken back into tragic events of his younger life. The Ghost of Christmas Present which shows him the joys of Christmas in his acquaintances lives ie. Bob, his employee. Throughout this journey, he is warned about the evils of “Ignorance” and “Want”. Lastly, he is visited by The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, in which he witnesses his tragic lonely death. This journey ultimately leads him to a path of self redemption.
If you’re looking for something with its’ origins more close to home, look no further than Love Actually! A Christmas tale that intertwines nine different stories and shows how love connects us all in one way or another. Each tale and story bringing a different side of anxiety, pain, difficulties, adventures and joy that comes with love. No matter if you’re Prime Minister, a married man tempted, a stepfather in mourning, a loving mother or a drugged up rockstar looking for a comeback, love in its many forms is inescapable . And if there’s one thing you’ll need this holiday, it’s Love Actually.
A live action take of the classic cartoon special, Jim Carry’s Grinch is an iteration that’ll give a dose of a chuckle. In this version, the Grinch’s hate for the holiday is much more fleshed out, with a tragic backstory the Grinch sneaks into Whoville with his dog Max to ruin Christmas in every possible way. As the madness ensues, he happens to meet Cindy Lou and his world begins to change. Taking Dr Seuss’s children’s classic and adding more meat to its bones, this tale will give you a sense of joy to your holiday season and maybe even help your heart grow 3 sizes bigger!
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