As Christmas soon approaches (one more sleep!!!…) We thought it only fitting to give you our top eight favourite films for this festive season.
“To me, you are perfect”
This film might not be one for the kids, however, it’s funny and extremely entertaining for us adults. It has every actor you can think of from Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson to Rowan Atkinson and Emma Thompson. The story starts five weeks before Christmas and delves into different aspects of love, which is shown through a variety of stories. As the plot develops, it becomes clearer that some of the characters are interlinked somehow. Along with a great soundtrack, this is definitely one to watch when the kids have gone to bed.
“You know what I really want to do? I want to eat carbs without wanting to kill myself”
This might be a tad long as films go (just over two hours), but The Holiday is heartwarmingly brilliant. Jack Black, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz make the perfect quartet. Two women (who both have troubling love lives) swap houses for the holiday for some peace and quiet. However, both don’t realise they might just meet the man of their dreams along the way.
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”
This film might not suit everyone’s cups of tea, but for us, it’s too funny not to add. Will Ferrell adds the slap to slapstick humour. The story starts in the North Pole, with Buddy, played by Will, finding out that he’s actually human (this is slightly obvious as he is the tallest being in a room full of elves). He goes off into the world in search of his biological father, and whilst doing that, spreading Christmas cheer to those who need it. A film we cannot get enough of.
“Last time I took Evie for a spin, I didn’t know it was the Cuban missile crisis! I nearly started World War III”
The first animation on our list of treats for you this Christmas. Arthur is the son of Santa and he has a mission. In less than two hours, he has to send out a present to a little girl whose present was misplaced. With voices including James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton; this is a cute family friendly film with a great christmassy feeling throughout. It might just get people into the Christmas spirit, especially those cynics out there.
“Keep the change, ya filthy animal”
This is a classic, and if you haven’t seen the original Home Alone film, then where have you been all these Christmases? The film follows a young boy, Kevin, after he is accidentally left home alone for Christmas. However, he must protect his home after two burglars are found trying to break in. Child star Macaulay Culkin plays the character of a troublemaker so beautiful and effortlessly. It’s well worth a watch for those who might not have seen it before.
It’s a Wonderful Life
“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary”
This is the oldest film in the bunch, but oh how beautiful it is. An angel helps a businessman who is frustrated with life, by showing him just what life would be like if he were to never exist. It’s heartwarming and emotional, and makes you realise that Christmas is all about one thing, family. This film puts everything into perspective and makes you think just how lucky we all are.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
“Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see, this, our town of Halloween”
Here is something different. Unlike Christmas films all about Christmas, this one has a slight twist. It’s got a mixture of Halloween to it. Jack Skellington is the king of Halloween Town who discovers Christmas Town for the first time. He tries to bring the festive season to his own town, but this causes confrontation and slight confusion. This film brings a great soundtrack alongside it, with catchy Halloween songs that somehow, still make you think of Christmas. This is a must watch for those quirky Christmas lovers out there.
The Santa Clause
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night”
This one is an oldie but a goodie. When a man accidentally kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to be his replacement. This is a family comedy for all ages, and puts you right in the heart of the festive season. Tim Allen plays Santa humorously; he is the perfect Santa Clause.