Published on December 18th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie0
Cracking Christmas Movies:The Top Five Festive Films
One of the most memorable aspects of Christmas is festive films. There is nothing like being cosily wrapped up next to a warm fire watching your favourite Christmas movie. Here is Yellow Magpie’s list of the best festive films.
Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone, starring Maccaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, is a Christmas classic. A little boy is accidentally left alone when his family leave him behind. The youngster is called on to defend his home against two bungling burglars.
Culkin’s endearing acting is one reason why the film is so successful but it isn’t the true star of the show. The biggest contributors to the film are the set designer and the person in charge of the props. These people deserve the lion’s share of the plaudits for the wonderful set-piece sequences.
The Polar Express (2004)
The Polar Express stars Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola and Michael Jeter. The story centres on a little boy who doubts the existence of Santa. He boards a train bound for the North Pole it is a journey that brings him many life lessons.
The CGI animation is superb and the voice acting of Hanks and Coppola lends itself perfectly to the wonderfully original and exotic storytelling. This is marked with a marvellous soundtrack that is perhaps as recognisable as the actual film.
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the most popular Christmas Films. Starring James ‘Jimmy’ Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, the film tells the story of a businessman who learns a valuable life lesson when he is shown what life would have been like if he never existed.
If this film was set in any other period besides Christmas it would be dismissed as sentimentally mawkish. However, because it is set in Christmas it is free from this constraint and the audience is also free to marvel in the wonderful emotions that it inspires.
Miracle On 34th Street (1994)
Another great favourite at Christmas is Miracle on 34th Street. Starring Mara Wilson, Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins and Dylan McDermott. A little girl learns that if you believe then miracles do come true.
Scrooged starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, and John Forsythe is a parody of the Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It is a hilarious tale of a selfish TV executive who is visited one night by three spirits all of which teach him various lessons.
The film revolves around Murray’s charisma and personality. A wonderful cast and a great script also conspires to make Scrooged a movie that won’t be easily forgotten.