Me again! I know, I know I signed off my last blog wishing you all the best for 2021… And yes, I know that gives the impression that I wasn’t going to return… But more accurately, I wasn’t intending on returning. This post just sort of… happened.
I decided to put together my five favourite festive films for your perusal and perhaps to give you some inspiration as to what to watch over the next couple of weeks. So, let’s get into it!
Top 5 Festive Films
Just to build the suspense… let’s start at the bottom of the list. Coming in at No. 5 is The Grinch. Perhaps controversially so, but hey – at least it’s on the list! I hadn’t actually seen the newest cartoon version until the other day and, despite being sceptical prior to watching, I rather enjoyed it and would even go as far as to say both the original and the cartoon versions can share this spot at No. 5.
Next up is Nativity! I first saw this last Christmas while at a friend’s house and found it to be one of the happiest and most heart-warming films I’d seen in a while. Also, since that first viewing there’s been many more! Its accuracy and relatability are sure to bring memories flooding back from everyone’s days of auditioning and performing in the school nativity – no matter how long ago it may have been! Despite knowing the storyline, the film never gets old for me and is always a feel-good film for the festive season.
At No. 3 is Miracle on 34th Street. The 1994 (yes, it really is that old!) version of the classic checks all the Christmas boxes for me. Mara Wilson is an indisputable star throughout and carries the film. Her endearing nature paired with the sweet, Santa-shielding storyline makes for a near-perfect picture to stand the test of time. Also, the ending (I won’t be a spoiler-sport!) is just fantastic – it’s incredibly well-written and one you won’t forget in a hurry.
Taking the No. 2 spot is the veritable classic of Home Alone. Now, if you thought Miracle on 34th Street being released in 1994 was shocking… Home Alone was released all the way back in 1990! I had to do a double-take when I first read it! So yes, this 30-year-old(!) Christmas classic has certainly stood the test of time and Kevin’s antics while ‘home alone’ at Christmas are always sure to be an entertaining watch. With a spectacular soundtrack to boot, composer John Williams’ ‘Somewhere in my memory’ is a magical melody which brings back memories for many and is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Personally, as fantastic a film as Home Alone is, the film which just takes it for me is director Nancy Meyer’s masterpiece The Holiday. With an incredibly talented cast (who happen to be very easy on the eye!), this film never fails to get me feeling festive. I must admit, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched it, as it manages to strike the perfect balance between feeling comfortingly familiar while remaining remarkably rewatchable and refreshing each time.
So there you have it – my five favourite Christmas films! Let me know what your list would be and if it looks anything like mine! Wishing you a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2021.
Until next time!