Christmas Movies To Get You In Mood for Christmas
Happy Christmas Viewing
I wrote this hub in response to a brilliant question asked by fellow hubber, mactavers
And it got me thinking of which 5 movies I would watch if I was having a solo movie marathon during this Christmas season.
I tend to prefer a Christmas movie which has the "Awww" factor, makes me feel all warm inside but might also make me chuckle a few times.
So this selection of 5 Christmas favourites is mainly made up of movies of the heart warming variety.
I could have included some other favourites like Elf, Muppets Christmas Carol and Bad Santa but I am in a festive mood today. Snow was lying on the ground yesterday and I must say it has added to to me getting into the spirit of Christmas.
So without delay, here are my 5 Christmas movies for getting me into the spirit of the season.
What are yours? Put your choices in the comments section. Happy Holidays!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
I love this movie!
Based on the children's book by Dr Seuss, Ron Howard the director brings it to life through the magic of brilliant performances, especially from Jim Carrey but also with his attention to detail in recreating the town of WhoVille.
The antics of Jim Carrey's pet dog are also work seeing.
Special effects galore and amazing prosthetic make up give all of the characters in Christmas Time WhoVille an amazingly similar look, apart from the gorgeous Cindy-Lou Who with her blonde locks, and Jim Carrey is on top form as The Grinch.
His wonderful hide up in Mount Crumpet is amazing and seeing him come down to WhoVille on his sleigh like some manic creature is a cinematic marvel.
Carrey gives a performance that is in turns hilarious and then pathetic. He is angry and at the same time amusing. Will he wreck Christmas for WhoVille?
It is a tour de force performance, all the more amazing because this is a children's movie.
Grab the popcorn, settle down and be prepared to laugh a lot but then say a big "Awww" at the end.
What's not to like about White Christmas.
I have seen this movie quite a few times and I never tire of it.
What's not to like - Danny Kay, Bing Crosby, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney singing and dancing for the guests at a hotel show to raise money for their old commander, General Waverly.
You have to just be taken along with the whole idea and not dig too deep. White Christmas is not that kind of movie.
It is a big too sugary in places and I always thought that Bing was too old for Rosemary Clooney but you accept it for what it is - a heart warming tale of two good guys helping out a man they love and respect. The gals are there for the high kicks, songs and love interest.
The movie is most famous for Irving Berlin's wonderful score and of course the title song, Bing at his best!
Dickens' A Christmas Carol is his one novel solely dedicated to the festive season and he tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who does not want to give his clerk the day off or to be able to leave early to spend the holidays with his wife and children.
But old misery guts had not planned on the ghostly visitations that evening and that is the basis of the Scrooge story - a man being shown a picture of himself fro the past, present and then the future.
It is an amazing cinematic journey to see Scrooge on the big screen and I even still get a kick out of seeing it on the TV too.
There have been many versions made but in my own opinion, they were not all created equal.
My favourite (and the only one to make my list) is the 1951 version of Scrooge starring Alistair Sim as Scrooge. The end of that movie had us all cheering when I saw it in the cinema in the 1970s at a special Christmas Movies screening week.
Still a Christmas classic. If you want to see the best version, this is it, others which followed are not in the same ballpark.
It's A Wonderful Life
James Stewart is fantastic in this movie and the storyline is great.
How can it fail, it has a guardian angel and allows someone to look back to the past to see how life might have turned out if he had dies.
The story line has conflict in the background throughout but also tells us how a man can see his life in a totally different way when he is shown himself through other people's eyes.
Frank Capra directed the movie and the Christmas time setting was a stroke of genius because it is a movie which fits its time of year so well.
At the start of It's A Wonderful Life, George Bailey is considering suicide, at the end he has found himself again and proved that love really does conquer all and that nothing else matters except the people you love and who love you.
Miracle on 34th Street
I have no preference over which version to watch on my Christmas Movie Marathon, in fact I could watch both and squash all the other movies in the middle?
The movie is about Kriss Kringle, the man chosen to play Santa Claus in Macy's department store.
Kriss Kringle believes that he is Santa Claus and soon this news leads to him possibly being sent to an asylum.
The 1947 version with Edmund Gwenn is a wonderful movie but the 1994 version with Richard Attenbrough in the lead role is equally good.
John Hughes directed the 94 version but sticks very closely to the original so there is no loss of joy when watching the remake.
The whole premise of the movie is about children believing in Santa Claus and by the end of the movie Kriss Kringle might have you convinced too.
What Are Your Christmas Favourites?
So now you have a list of my own Christmas favourites and I might change my mind tomorrow but for now, these are the movies I would pick to put me in the holiday spirit.
What are your favourites? Did you find room for a Bad Santa? Scrooged? A Christmas Story?
Please comment if you see fit and tell me what your favourite Christmas movies would be to get you in the holiday spirit.
Merry Christmas! Many thanks for reading.
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