It is pretty hard to list our all time top favourite films because I find there are so many great films out there however I have made a list of my must see Christmas films that will offer something for all ages, whether you are a young child, a teenager or an adult to get you in the Christmas spirit.
**** Warning contains Spoilers****
Christmas with the Kranks (Dir Joe Roth: 2004)
“NO HO HO”
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no last minute dash to get gifts and no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) plan on doing much to the dismay of their neighbors. That is until their only daughter Blair announces on Christmas Eve that she is coming home for Christmas and Luther and Nora scramble to find their Christmas spirit and organize a celebration.
At first it appears that the true meaning of Christmas is somewhere lost; however, the story line portrays a loving family along with neighborly love. It also weaves in selflessness and a community that is bound together in spirit and love. Even though Luther becomes self indulged; his friends and neighbors show forgiveness.
Despite not been the best Christmas film out there I found it to be a light hearted and hilarious fun comedy.
The Holiday (Dir Nancy Meyers 2006)
Two beautiful women, Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) find themselves at the end of failed relationships just before Christmas. Both women from opposite sides of the world agree to a home exchange for the holiday period. Both women find the last thing they want or even expect: romance.
There haven’t been that many decent romantic comedies with a holiday theme in recent years, so when one comes along that’s adorable, entertaining, and requires absolutely no brain power to enjoy, it’s tough to pass it up.
It is a sweet romantic comedy and perfect if you want to see something sweet and bubbly and full of fun festiveness.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Dir: Jeremiah S. Chechik 1989)
The Griswold family has yet another family adventure from hell and this movie has all the clichés. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) desperately wants to give his family the greatest Christmas ever, but things never run smoothly for him, his wife Ellen and their two kids.
Things go from bad to worse when some unannounced guests turn up, but Clark somehow manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.
This film has become a bit of a family favourite in my family, a sort of Christmas tradition and no matter how many times I see this film, I still find it funny.
Although it is full of all the old clichés it somehow manages to still be amusing.
It is the ultimate family holiday film, a definite must see that all the family will enjoy.
Home Alone (Dir: Chris Columbus 1990)
You just can’t have Christmas without watching John Hughes classic film Home Alone. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same.
Kevin and his family are destined to spend Christmas with the family in Paris, a trip that doesn’t appeal to Kevin.
In fact the eight year old wishes his family would disappear; his wish comes true when the following morning the family leave in a hurry for the airport without him.
At first he seems to enjoy the freedom of been home alone, jumping on his parents bed and stuffing his face with pizza. Then, Kevin discovers that 2 burglars, Harry and Marv plan to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly, which is when all the fun begins by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice.
It is hilarious to see how an eight year old would take on two some what experienced burglars.
The film a festive tale, full of fun and laughter told from a disgruntled child’s perspective.
A definite must see.
Elf (Dir Jon Favreau 2003)
Elf is a combination of classic Christmas tales and tells the tale of young orphaned baby who climbs into Santa’s (Edward Asner) sack and is raised as an elf at The North Pole at Santa’s workshop.
As he grows he realises that he is different from the other elves and discovers that his biological Father (James Caan) lives in New York City.
With his child like innocence, Buddy (Will Farrell) sets out on a long journey to find his father only to find his dreams of a sugar plum family reunion turn sour when he meets his Scrooge- like book editor father and his stepbrother (Daniel Tay) Buddy can’t understand why his new family and the people of New York City have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. He fights hard to bring back the Christmas spirit and hopefully find some love from family and friends for the first time in his life.
It is cute, wacky Christmas film filled with a lot of fun and Christmas spirit.
If you are looking for an all round family film to keep the kids entertained then Elf ticks all the boxes.
By Joanne Rudd