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A Few Christmas Films

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It’s getting to that time of year now, where we see the Coca Cola advert on the television (You know exactly which one I’m on about) and the Christmas spirit is starting to appear. Personally, movies have always been a source of Christmas spirit, so here’s three that I think fit that idea.

Home Alone

Who doesn’t love this film? Although it may not spread the Christmas spirit as much as the other films, it still works. Kevin, played the youthful Macaulay Culkin, is left at home by accident when his family leave for the airport in a rush for their winter vacation. This is when the Wet Bandits descend upon the neighbourhood and target the McCallister’s house. Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) trying to infiltrate the house becomes a hilarious mistake as Kevin bravely tackles life by himself and of course, defends the house from the Wet Bandits. At the end though, Kevin does wish to spend Christmas with his family which is a nice underlying story as they eventually do spend Christmas day together.

“You’re what the French call ‘les incompétents’”

Home Alone

How I’d Look Like Waking Up To Find My Family Missing

Elf

There is an incredible love for Will Ferrell dressed as an elf, roaming around New York looking for his real father in Elf. Buddy the Elf (Ferrell), is a child who crawled into Santa’s sack and has been living in the North Pole, however, due to his true nature, he is sent to New York to search for his father. Much like Home Alone, there is a lot of comedy, but the Christmas Spirit is found more in this film as Buddy continually makes Christmas an extravagant holiday and also bringing his family together for Christmas.

“The Only Way To Spread Christmas Cheer Is Singing Loud For All To Hear”

"SAAAAANNNTTTAAAA!!!"

“SAAAAANNNTTTAAAA!!!”

Polar Express

This is my personal favourite for getting me in the mood of Christmas. A boy, who is voiced by Tom Hanks (as most of the cast is) is questioning the existence of Santa but boards a train heading for the North Pole on Christmas eve. Ultimately the tale is his change from this boy who questions Santa’s existence, to a boy who believes in Santa and is rather excited by the prospect of Christmas. This filled with the songs during the film admittedly does give me that Christmas feeling, not forgetting the finale with the huge Christmas tree and the reindeer with the bells.

“To the North Pole, of course! This is the Polar Express!”

The Finale, Rather Colourful and Christmassy

The Finale, Rather Colourful and Christmassy

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

I am of course, talking about the Jim Carrey non-animated The Grinch film. This one is one of those quotable films that I do occasionally enjoy to watch. It’s of course about a girl who is trying to find out information about the Grinch who lives atop the mountain looking down on WhoVille. The Grinch (Played by Jim Carrey) hates, loathes, detests Christmas and everything about it, when he finally comes up with the idea to steal Christmas from the Whovians. (Spoiler) He unexpectedly has a change of heart and ends up celebrating the holiday with the very people he loathed at the start.

“Oh the Who-manity”

One Of My Favourite Scenes In The Movie

One Of My Favourite Scenes In The Movie

A Side Note – I haven’t actually seen It’s A Wonderful Life, or Miracle on 34th Street, but I have plans to amend this tragedy. Honourable mentions for the Christmas films include Home Alone 2 (Of course), A Muppets’ Christmas Carol, A Christmas Carol and Love Actually.

Another Note – I completely forgot about Jingle All The Way and The Santa Clause. But I would never include Bad Santa as I dislike the film and all it’s cheap laughs, and I do not consider Die Hard a Christmas film in the slightest.

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Author: Nathan Harris

Currently studying Film & Television studies and Media Writing at Derby University. Hopefully wanting to become a film critic/journalist.

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