Top 5 Christmas Movies
Okay so it is not quite Christmas yet but if you were anywhere near a comfy sofa at the weekend you will have noticed that already there are lots feel good Christmas films on the telly. Yes some of them are a bit cheesy and some of them probably never made it to the cinema and went straight to dvd but they are still fun to watch with the family. Whilst watching a particularly average Christmas movie this weekend I decided it would be a good idea to let you YJA fans know some real Christmas classics that you don’t want to miss this season.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Grinch was released in 2000 and still stands up today as a great movie. If you don’t want to watch the original cartoons the newer film version is the best for you. This movie is one of my favorite Christmas movies and makes me feel festive every time I watch it. Jim Carey is fantastic as the Grinch and creates a darker but very enjoyable Christmas flick that will have you laughing and crying in equal measures.
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas is perfect for anyone who loves Disney. Split into 5 sections the film features all your favourite Disney characters like, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy and a whole lot more. The narrator recites the first 10 words of The Night Before Christmas before saying, “Oh, wait. Different story, but we’ll still see a mouse”. The narrator announces new tales of giving and loving, and a book opens to show pop-up elves. This is the sequel to the original film ‘Mickeys once upon a Christmas’. Perfect for children and adults alike.
The Santa Clause
Another great offering from Disney now. The story begins when an ordinary man, Scott Calvin, played by the very funny Tim Allen accidentally kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he has no choice but to become the cheerful gift giver himself so he and his son set out to deliver all the presents to the rest of the world on St Nick’s behalf. This movie is very funny and unique and is very different to a lot of Christmas movies. If you like this one then you’ll probably like the 2 sequels that were released also. The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.
A Christmas Horror Story
If you’re more of a Horror movie kind of person then this one is for you. Bear in mind this is a 15 age rated film so not for some of you younger YJA readers but if you are old enough to watch this and love all things scary then this is a must see. The film follows 4 unique stories that are combined together in one movie, each one narrated by a radio DJ called Dangerous Dan and played by Star Trek favourite William Shatner. The best thing about this Christmas movie is that is definitely different to the usual happy glittery Xmas films that are released. Brad Wheeler reviews for popular site Rotten Tomatoes and he said about this film, “This smart, zippy, bloody frightster is a Canadian-made gift that will continue to give, in the best possible ho-ho-ho horror way.” Horror movies are not just for Halloween!
Miracle on 34th Street
This is a classic movie about a girl who gets to meet the real Santa Claus, a perfect movie to watch with your family. Created in 1994 by Valentine Davies, this really is festive treat you shouldn’t miss this December. The lead girl in the film is played by Mara Wilson and is super cute. The story centres around a court case to determine whether or not Santa is actually real. Full of snow, Christmas decorations and all things festive this film will long be played out on television for years to come for children to enjoy.
Go and enjoy the run up to Christmas and remember to grab a blanket and some popcorn or chocolate and watch some of these classic Christmas movies. You won’t regret it.
Evelina, Yr 7
Boston High Newsroom