20Dec

After much debate in the office, we’ve narrowed down our top 5 Christmas films.

THE POLAR EXPRESS

Based on the childrens book by Chris Van Allsburg, who also served as one of the producers on the film.

This inspiring adventure film captures the raw essence of youthful excitement for this time of year. The film features a doubtful boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. A journey of self discovery that shows the wonder of life for those that believe.

The awesome storyline is just the first of many reasons why this film is a unanimous favourite. It was also the first animation created by Castle Rock Entertainment. It’s also listed in the Guinness World Book of Records in 2006 as the first all digital capture film.

Secondly, the film also marked award winning actor, Michael Jeter’s last role before his death. The film was dedicated in his memory.

ELF

 

An american Christmas comedy directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berebaum that brings joy to everyone who watches it.

The film follows Buddy, a human who was raised in the North Pole. Played by actor Will Ferrell, Buddy travels back to New York to rekindle a relationship with his birth father.

Ferrell is truly in his element with this role. A great film for the whole family to enjoy.

The film received mixed reviews, but it’s replayed on TV each year because it’s a festive must watch!

 

 

It’s a wonderful life

 

A timeless classic, It’ a Wonderful Life was released in 1946 and is still going strong. Directed by Frank Capra, the film features a small-town man whose life was more than difficult. A guardian angel appears in his time of need, showing him what life would have been like if he’d never lived.

Director, Frank Capra and lead actor James Stewart consider this their favourite film and it brought joy to their careers. Although it did not bring the director the box office success that his other productions did.

The film seems to improve with age.  Surprisingly, it was not intended as a Christmas feature, it was simply released in December. It was the first film made by Capra after returning from serving in World War II.

It was intended as a celebration of lives and dreams of ordinary people, making this film very relatable.

 

HOME ALONE

 

1990’s hit Home Alone is still one of the nation’s favourite family films over the Christmas period.

Directed by Chris Columbus and written by John Hughes, the film features troublesome kid, Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin who gets left at home whilst his family flies to Paris. Initially thrilled by the sight of freedom, events take a turn when two burglars try to infiltrate his home.

Light hearted comedy that shows the true savvy and resourceful nature of the young boy. The humour has aged well with the film, making it enjoyable for all ages within the family. Some admittedly will find it more nostalgic than others.

This film quickly became the highest grossing comedy of all time and kicked off Macaulay Culkin’s stardom.

 

 

Miracle on 34th Street

Originally released in 1947, then re-made in 1994. This film is truly a Christmas fantasy favourite.

When a big Manhattan department store’s Santa turns up to work drunk, the PR director works quickly to replace him with an elderly gentleman who has a white beard and looks the spitting image of Santa Claus. She quickly regrets this decision once it becomes apparent that he believes he’s the real Kriss Kringle.

This story follows Kriss’ journey in reinstating the mother’s belief, granting her daughters wish and trying to prove his identity in court.

Lighthearted family drama that will undoubtedly lift the Christmas spirit in your home this festive period.