Forget the presents, forget the tree…Christmas is all about sitting down, bathing in the light of the twinkling lights, and watching something Christmassy. From the best TV, to the greatest Films, there’s always something to watch, and with a derth of classic, and not so classic, choices to choose from, it’s the time of year when you want to watch something darn festive.
So, without further ado, here are my top 10 Christmas films, the ones that aren’t necessarily beloved by critics, but have a fond place in the heart of many a cheery fan, and me. Enjoy.
10. Home Alone 2
Christmas in New York is all I need, but this film manages to capture some of the charm of the original, and is infinitely better than any of it’s sequels. The Home Alone films all have to be set at Christmas, so it was kinda inevitable that at least one would make the list.
9. Die Hard
Yes, it’s set at Christmas, with Christmas music. It’s definitely a Christmas film, and also one of the best action films ever. John McClane faces the toughest challenge of his life so far, and Alan Rickman is a great baddie. Yeah, it’s great.
Will Ferrell at his best in this infectious holiday cheer Fest. Zooey Deschanel singing Baby It’s Cold Outside is one of my favourite moments, and the joy of the season can be felt in the final scene as the Christmas joy lifts Santas sleigh. Yeah, I like the schmaltz ok.
7. In Bruges
It has Christmas in it, but it’s a bit of a cheat cause it doesn’t have that much Christmas cheer in it. But it’s a very good film, and Bruges looks beautiful, especially at night.
6. Arthur Christmas
A funny, warm, charming Aardman film, with a lot of Christmas cheer and a lot of joy. The voice cast is great, and like most Christmas films, it’s about capturing the joy of the season.
5. Home Alone
A seasonal classic, with lovely music and great Christmas stuff everywhere. Seeing two robbers go through a house of pain makes every child want to do the same themselves. It’s also very heartwarming, and has great secondary performances.
Another slight cheat, but there is snow, and it has the all encompassing warmth of a holiday film, with cosy cinematography, music plus beautiful shots of London and an utterly delightful spirit. A true classic for Christmas future.
3. The Polar Express
I know that it’s not really anyones favourite, but I have fond memories of this very cheery holiday film. Great music, exciting action scenes, Tom Hanks in multiple roles and some surprisingly creepy scenes. All in all, I enjoy it a lot.
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
True Christmas classic. Great music and animation, with a nice blend of the creepy and the seasonal, with the usual Tim Burton type weirdness. If you don’t watch it at least once in a year, then you’re not doing it right.
1. Love Actually
It’s a love Fest, with Christmas cheer, a huge and excellent cast and a lot of heart wrenching moments. Emma Thompson in particular has one heartbreaking scene, and in the end you’re left feeling practically joyous. A wonderful, lovely film.