It’s officially December, and that means that Christmas season is well and truly upon us. So I’ve decided to compile a list of my favourite christmas films each week until christmas eve!
This week, I’m focusing on movies that you can enjoy as a family. A lot of these are classics that never get old. These are great titles to get you into the spirit of Christmas!
- A Christmas Carol (2009)
In this Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future I/II/III) directed animated adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, we see Jim Carrey playing Mr Scrooge, a victorian-era miser who is shown the error of his ways by series of Christmas ghosts. This is a brilliant adaptation with incredible, almost life-like animation. It’s a great message for kids, to treat others as equal and to spread the Christmas cheer!
- The Polar Express (2004)
With Robert Zemeckis again at the helm, this animated film starring Tom Hanks, is about a boy who takes a magical journey aboard the Polar Express to the North Pole. This is a magical story about belief and the magic of Christmas!
- The Santa Clause & The Santa Clause 2 (1994-2002)
Tim Allen (Home Improvement) plays Scott Calvin, a divorced father of one who, on the night before Christmas, inadvertently kills Santa Clause. Upon putting on Santa’s clothes, he takes on the role of the new Santa Clause. His son, Charlie is delighted; but Charlie’s mother and step-father is convinced that Scott is crazy.
In the sequel, set 8 years after the first, we see Santa (Scott) in a dilemma. The Santa contract Scott unwittingly agreed to (when he put the suit on) states that Santa must find a Mrs Claus(e). That’s not all, Charlie has found himself on the naughty list. So now Scott must leave the North Pole during its busy season, to save his son, and hopefully, find the love of his life!
- Home Alone & Home Alone 2 (1990-1992)
Written by John Hughes and Directed by Chris Columbus; Home Alone is about Kevin McCallister, an 8 year old whose family accidentally leaves him behind on their holiday to France. At first Kevin is fine with this, but things soon turn sinister as two burglars (albeit incompetent ones) target the house for a break it on Christmas Eve. Armed with nothing more than whats around the house and his wits, Kevin squares off for a battle royale with the would-be burglars.
In part two, officially sub-titled “Lost In New York”, we see Kevin get separated from his family again (this kid can’t catch a break), only this time its one year later and he’s in central New York City. His problems don’t end there, however, as the burgling duo from film one escape from prison with nothing on their mind but revenge!
These films are great for adults and kids alike, with lots of borderline risqué humour for the grown-ups, and plenty of slap-stick for the young and young-at-heart.
- Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
This remake of the 1947 classic sees Mara Wilson as 6-year-old Susan, a girl who doesn’t want to believe the truth about Santa Claus. Her mother told her the truth about Santa in order to not disappoint her when Santa couldn’t deliver the big-ticket items on her Christmas list. She meets a department store Santa who is convinced he is the real deal. With the help of a lawyer, Susan is given the most precious gift of all – something to believe in.
I hope you enjoyed this list. Stop back next week for a list of films for the grown-ups to enjoy!