Tis the season to lye in front of the fire with many, many hot drinks and enjoy all the wonderful Christmas films on tv, or from your own DVD collection (Tell me I’m not the only one that has a Christmas section on my DVD shelves?). Christmas is my favourite time of the year, and as Christmas movies are an important part in spreading Christmas cheer and making us feel festive, I’ve decided to tell you all my top 5 favourite Christmas films, in order for once!
- The Santa Clause. If there’s one film I remember watching when I was a child, it’s this one. Scott, played by Tim Allen, is a divorced, workaholic dad who has his son Charlie on Christmas Eve. Scott accidentally kills Santa, and for some reason puts on the Santa suit, and Scott and Timmy are transported to the North Pole by reindeer and a sleigh, where Bernard the elf explains that Scott is now Santa Clause. Scott and Charlie deliver presents to children all around the world, but the next morning Scott is convinced he was dreaming. Charlie is convinced that Scott is now Santa Clause, but no one believes him, least of all his dad. However, when Scott gains a lot of weight and inexplicably grows a bushy white beard every day, he is forced to accept his new responsibilities. Such a great Christmas film, who couldn’t enjoy it? Between the witty words of Bernard the elf and the open dislike between Scott and Charlie’s step-dad, this film never fails to make me smile.
- Home Alone. I have not met one person who said they dislike this film! Eight year old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left in the house by himself while the rest of his family are in Paris for Christmas. When they realise that Kevin is at home by himself, his mother does whatever it takes to get back to her son, while in the meantime, it’s Kevin versus the two crooks who are trying to rob his house while everyone is away. A film all the family can enjoy to be honest, and “Keep the change, ya filthy animal!” is probably one of the most well-known, and favourite movie quotes around.
- The Muppets Christmas Carol. Michael Caine and the Muppets together in one film about Christmas, with singing, what more could you want?! This take on the Dickens classic is better then the original in my opinion. Tiny Tim with Kermit the frog is almost too cute to handle, and Michael Caine is nearly inrecognisable as Scrooge. With these hilarious and colourful Muppets spreading their Christmas cheer, it’s no wonder that Scrooge eventually sees the error of his ways. A true Christmas film, that always has to be watched on Christmas Eve in my house.
- Love Actually. Many people don’t like this film, and I do understand why, but I think cheesiness aside, it’s such a lovely film. It follows lots of characters during the run up to Christmas, and all the characters are connected to each other somehow. Even though it’s quite a sad moment, Emma Thompson’s scene when she realises her husband bought the necklace she saw for another woman and breaks down in her room is possibly the best scene in the whole film. On a brighter note, there are many lovely scenes, ones that include love and family connections. A mushy Christmas film, but a Christmas film nonetheless.
- The Holiday. An American and a British woman swap homes before Christmas due to bad breakups, and find romance in their new temporary homes. Another mushy film, but the cast of Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Jude Law work well together. There is also Iris’ cute friendship with the elderly neighbour, and the lovely family scenes with Graham’s daughters, not to mention the big happy ending where they all get together.
I would also like to add that the Back to the Future Trilogy and the Harry Potter series are also part of my favourite Christmas films, as I always watch them around Christmas, but I didn’t add them because there isn’t anything Christmassy about them. A post on non-Christmas Christmas films perhaps?