It’s Christmas. Why not write a post on Christmas, about Christmas films.
Basically, I tried to write one with a top 5, but there are too similar films and of course, my post was really long. I’ll be mentioning the similar Christmas films of course, because most Christmas films are great for what they are for. That is bringing the family together on the sofa watching some light humour. The general order of these three has some resemblance on my preference of watching them.
Coming in at number three:
It’s that film I hate to love. After watching it recently, I could not find the same love I had when I was child watching, yet I still watched it and enjoyed it. I think the frustrating part, for me, is that it does not carry a Christmas message, but it’s that kind of family Christmas film. But still, Kevin McAllister essentially bullying two grown men in a slapstick way. Shooting them a cap gun, making them slip down the icey stairs hurting themselves and so on. But it’s those cheap laughs that make it brilliant I find. Joe Pesci, somewhat entertains me the most the way he acts after constantly being picked on by this kid. Jingle All The Way was a close third here, but Home Alone trumps it, even after the countless times as I hear ‘Put the cookie down, now!’ and see Arnie punching a reindeer and laugh heartily.
Coming in at number two:
How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
Cheap laughs and a Christmassy message? Why not! How The Grinch Stole Christmas, based on the book by Dr Seuss, got me chuckling the other night as I sat and watched it. Maybe, I could boil that down to the fact I love the over the top, cheesy laughs that Jim Carrey can perform so well. The Grinch, based around the creature called the Grinch that hates Christmas and makes a plan to steal Christmas, alas, a little girl from WhoVille intent on spreading the Christmas spirit gets through to him. Coupled with the cheap laughs Jim Carrey can provide, it makes this a brilliant Christmas film.
Coming in at number one:
The Polar Express
My favourite Christmas film for this year. Although the other two are comedy genred, this one is just a good old family adventure. Starring Tom Hanks as a lot of the voices, including the train conductor, the main kid and Santa. Ultimately, it boils down to a kid that doesn’t believe in Santa anymore. How can you make him believe? Take him to the North Pole to meet Santa of course! Although the other two are brilliant Christmas films, this one actually brings me joy to watch. Especially when the kid hears that bell for the first time. I cannot help but smile. It’s that infectious Christmas spirit that breaks the fourth wall and warms the room immediately.
Not sure what else to really say about these films. Other than that I like them all, regardless of order and they all make great family watches. Similarly, A Christmas Carol, Elf, Jingle All The Way, do the same purpose. My preference is just the aforementioned top three. Thank you for reading, I would love to hear your thoughts on Christmas films. Any comments and feedback is highly appreciated, don’t be shy!