Christmas season is approaching!
It’s the perfect season to get under the covers and watch films while sipping on hot chocolate. The colder weather makes it more difficult to leave the bed, so why not stay indoors and watch the best Christmas films ever? Relish in all the good feelings that the season brings.
Christmas is about happiness and all forms of love, so relax and give yourself some peace of mind.
Get your dose of the holiday spirit with these five film recommendations.
Love Actually (2003)
There are many Christmas movies, but this is one of the best. While some movies focus on either romantic or familial love, Love Actually shows different facets of love. The film features various stories which include a childhood crush, fatherly love, unreciprocated love, secret love, and love that transcends language barriers, among many others. All the stories are linked in one way or another, which makes the ending a really fantastic one.
It features many brilliant actors all in one film, from Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman to Kiera Knightley and Martin Freeman. It’s a wonderful Christmas film that has lots of comedy in it but pain as well. The film’s production is one for the books, being an international co-production between France, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Despite being released more than 15 years ago, it’s still relatable to watch until today. Love Actually is a modern-day Christmas film that anyone can enjoy year after year. It’s not a love story, but rather, a story of love.
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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Don’t be turned off by how old the film is – it’s a classic. It’s A Wonderful Life isn’t only one of the best Christmas movies, but it’s considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. It shows how much one person can influence and touch so many other people’s lives. When the movie was first released, it didn’t make much of an impact. At present, more than 70 years since it was released, it’s an inspirational movie that many people still watch.
The film started with the protagonist contemplating suicide and then shows the events leading up to that moment. The main character, George Bailey, spent his life helping people. In the general sense of the word, he is an example of a good man.
The ending is very heartwarming, and it proves to have valuable lessons for both children and adults. Giving is receiving, and if everyone were a little more kind, the world would be a better place.
The Polar Express (2004)
Most people have a preconceived notion that anything animated is strictly for children, but many animated films and TV series are actually suitable for adults. The Polar Express was based on a book with the same title, written by Chris Van Allsburg. It’s about a boy who doesn’t believe in the spirit of Christmas. He has a wild adventure on Christmas Eve, letting him experience a lot of exciting things.
Tom Hanks has six roles in the film, which is impressive. Most people don’t know this, but the film is listed in the 2006 Guinness World Records for being the first all-digital capture film. The animation remains to be fantastic even at present when the animation industry has improved over the years.
It may be a film that’s generally targeted towards children, but it’s not just for kids. Adults will have a lot to learn from the film as well, especially being at that age where we lose sight of the things that matter. To quote from the movie, “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Compared to the other films on the list, this film is pretty recent. It is one of Netflix’s Christmas movies, which, in recent years, appears to be the modern version of Hallmark movies. The Christmas Chronicle is enjoyable to watch because even though it has the common motifs like a race against time in delivering the gifts and involving a kid who doesn’t believe in Christmas, it still has modern twists that make it stand out.
There are lots of interesting elements in the film like Santa’s hat which allows him to move quickly and fit in tight spaces, a watch that allows him to see the percentage of Christmas spirit in the world, and the performance of “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” in an unlikely place.
There are computer-generated effects and the comedy style is campy, but it does feature a constructed Elvish language that is spoken by Santa Claus and his elves. The film had 20 million streams in its first week on Netflix. This year, they can expect to see a lot of views because the holiday season is here again.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This film fits for both Halloween and Christmas seasons. It is a stop-motion animated film by Tim Burton. It’s also a musical, which makes everything very interesting. The story is about Jack Skellington, the King of “Halloween Town.” He happens to go to “Christmas Town,” and that’s when the adventure and all sorts of events begin.
The Nightmare Before Christmas originated in a poem. Even though the producers thought that it would be too scary for kids, it actually had a very good reception. It was also made into 3-D, which is a feat considering the film is a stop-motion.
According to the director, the Halloween Town is more on German Expressionism, the Christmas Town is akin to Dr. Seuss’ style, and the “Real World” is everything just simple and plain. The film is highly interesting and will certainly be fun to watch, no matter what age.
Sure, typical Hallmark movies may be good enough sometimes, but some people look for a film with an engaging plot with a unique take on common themes. There is a good variety of Christmas films that aren’t cliché or too dramatic. It’s just a matter of looking for the right one and watching it with the best company.