11th Dec 2015

Our Top 5 Christmas Films

Snuggle down with our pick of the best Christmas films

Tis’ the season to snuggle on the sofa in your best Christmas pyjamas with a big Christmas mug full of delicious Christmas hot chocolate. That’s right, it’s Christmas movie time! But how on earth do you begin to choose between them all? Do you go for the romantic or the nostalgic? Kids movie or horror flick? Well, we’re here to help you decide with our top 5 Christmas films to get you in the merry mood!


5. The Snowman

Raymond Brigg’s magical tale packs an emotional punch as his book is bought to life through beautifully drawn animation. The short film tells of a boy whose snowman magically comes to life – but, sadly, not forever. The visuals are stunning and the orchestral score accompanies each scene perfectly, from the subtle beats of footsteps to the magical theme song. If you can, try to locate the alternative beginning with a very 80’s David Bowie! Everybody now, “We’re walking in the aiiiiiiiiiir…”


4. Love Actually

“If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around”. What better quote is there to lead into this fantastic romantic comedy film about different aspects of love at Christmas time? The film focuses on love, loss, family and friendship told through 10 groups of people in London. It’s a bonanza of British talent (Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightly…) and Richard Curtis once again hits the nail on the head with his perfect casting. Bring the tissues because you’ll be both crying and laughing the whole way through!


3. Home Alone

Imagine leaving your kid at home… horrifying right? That’s what Kate McCallister went through when she left poor Kevin home alone after a headcount gone wrong. But Kate needn’t have worried, apparently, as Kevin had the whole house under control. Ya’ see, some bandits had targeted his home to perform a burglary whilst under the impression that all of the McCallisters are away for Christmas. And that’s where Kevin has to step up, all by himself, to protect his house in the most inventive way possible. The film deals with themes of selfishness, guilt and courage from all angles and the scene where Kevin finally accepts what he has to do is iconic; preparing his final showdown with the wet bandits to the epically monstrous version of ‘Carol of the Bell’.


2. Elf 

There is literally no way you can watch this film with a straight and grumpy face. I challenge someone to do it. Seriously, this film is full of so much joy and Christmas magic that you’ll want to immediately eat a gigantic bowl of spaghetti and maple syrup. Elf tells the story of Buddy, an orphan who crawled into Santa’s sack when he was a baby, so grew up in the North Pole with the other elves. But he grows up into the 6ft 2” man he really is and soon goes on a mission to find his real father. But, to Buddy’s horror, he is a total scrooge! Buddy spends the film running around a very cynical New York trying his best to spread Christmas cheer. But we all know the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear…


1.It’s A Wonderful Life 

This is one you have to stick with, as it’s a hard story to watch, but rest assured it is a Christmas classic. The film tells the story of George Bailey, a good guy who’s life seems to just go bad. Events conspire throughout the film that leads George to start debating the one thing that will put him out of his misery… that is until the meets Clarence the Angel. Clarence teaches him that without George, the world and the people he cherishes in it would be changed forever and not in a good way! George’s good deeds change many people’s lives and Clarence helps him to realise that. The ending scenes will make your heart burst with emotion as George returns to his family for Christmas, sprinting down the snow covered streets of Bedford Falls. 

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