We all love a good Christmas movie, even if we don’t love Christmas. With that in mind, here are my Top Five Christmas Movies.
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Now, to the movies! I won’t get too much into the why, but get ready for the who! Well, not The Who. That’d be a bit beyond our budget.
Five – Christmas With The Kranks (2004)
Now, not a lot of people I know enjoy this film, but it absolutely definitely makes my top five list. You get the acting talents of Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis trying to skip Christmas and the hassle that usually comes with it, the first year their daughter will be away for the festivities. In the end, they work to put on their annual party and spend the time at home, instead of going on the cruise they had booked, with hilarity ensuing as a result. Just check out this trailer!
Four – Jingle All The Way (1996)
Jingle All The Way marks the only Christmas film I’m aware of with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s a few bad messages in this film, but it’s one that amuses me no end, from the slapstick, to the Santa fight, the reindeer and the absurdity. Plus, it shows a prime example of the rampant commercialism of the season, along with the effects that this has on children, their parents and the capitalist regime.
Three – Die Hard (1988)
If you haven’t already read it, read this, then come back here. Done that? Cool. I love Die Hard, so much so that it’s a film that I have managed to negotiate watching every Christmas, in exchange for watching Home Alone. More on that later. Die Hard has a lot of the tropes for Christmas films, and it fills me with joy to witness Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman in starring roles. It’s brilliant, I love it, and it’s number three on my list.
Two – Elf (2003)
Elf is a masterpiece, no denying it. It’s funny, it’s a riveting tale of family during the Christmas period, and Will Ferrell as an elf is just something you can’t not see. Seriously, watch the trailer below. Throw in the acting talents of Zoeey Deschanel, James Caan, Bob Newhart and Peter Dinklage, and you’re in for a winner.
One – Love Actually (2003)
Love Actually is, without a doubt, the greatest Christmas movie ever shown. Set in the weeks running up to the day itself, along with a small epilogue taking place a month after, we witness the love-lives of about a dozen, dozen and a half, people who are all entwined in one way or another. Throw in an all-star cast, including but not limited to Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Martin Freeman, Colin Firth, Andrew Lincoln and Hugh Grant, and you’re onto a winner. In fact, I only finished watching it about half an hour ago! A classic, or at least, it will be when it’s old enough!
And now for an honourable mention, with an explanation as to why it didn’t make the top five list. Home Alone. Now, I like Home Alone, despite the horrific experience the mother goes through, the religious undertones and the presence of a spider. The reason it didn’t make the top five is as simple as this – only about thirty minutes of the movie are fun to watch. These films? You can’t go five minutes without a laugh, or an emotionally wrenching scene, but Home Alone is a “hang about, it’ll get good later” sort of film. Brilliant, but not brilliant enough.