Okay so now that Halloween is now over, it’s time to get ready for the best time of year – Christmas. Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love the festive season. If my husband would let me put my Christmas tree up on the 1st of November then I would. To me, November is officially the start of the festive season and so I’m starting it right here on the blog by sharing some of my favourite Xmas movies.
I’m a sucker for a rom-com all year round but I have a special love for those with a festive vibe. Love Actually has so many reasons to love it – the stellar cast, the brilliant soundtrack and of course, the wonderful storytelling. I love that we follow several different stories which slowly intertwine as the movie progresses. My favourite storyline to follow is that of Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. That scene where Emma’s character realises the necklace was bought for his would-be mistress, ugh, it gets me every time.
The Family Stone
I can’t remember the first time I saw The Family Stone, I think I watched it with my mum. Now it’s kind of a tradition for us to watch it together every year as it’s my mums favourite Xmas movie. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton, I love watching the family dynamic and how they handle Sarah’s character joining the family. The chemistry between the cast is brilliant and the film has the right amount of drama and comedy. If you haven’t seen it, watch it immediately. It’s an underrated gem.
Rise Of The Guardians
Technically, it’s not a Christmas film but I saw it for the first time at Christmas and it includes Santa and Jack Frost so I’m counting it. From Dreamworks Studio, Rise of the Guardian follows the story Jack Frost (Chris Pine) as he tries to stop The Boogeyman (Jude Law) from making children stop believing in the Guardians (Santa, Easter Bunny, Sandman and Tooth Fairy). It’s brilliantly animated and thrilling to watch from start to finish. Just a shame it was a box office flop.
This is a bit of a weird movie for me. It’s about 30 minutes too long and gets a bit boring in the middle but I still love watching it every year. I think it’s because I have festive memories attached to this movie that makes it essential viewing. Cameron Diaz is definitely the star of the movie and seeing her romance with Jude Law blossom. The Kate Winslet/Jack Black side of the story is a little dull but still has it’s moments.
The Grinch is easily the best Christmas film ever made. I was thirteen years old when The Grinch came out and I have so many childhood memories of watching it. Sixteen years on and I still watch it several times a year. Jim Carrey is just so effortlessly funny and there are too many hilarious moments for me to pick a favourite. The Grinch is very quotable and my friends and I send hilarious Grinch gifs to each other all year long. It’s impossible for us to watch this movie together and not quote and burst out laughing. It really is the highlight of my year!
There are plenty more festive films that I love – Home Alone, Noel, The Santa Clause, Muppets Christmas Carol and Polar Express. There are so many but the five mentioned above are definitely my favourites. What are your favourite festive films? Let me know in the comments below.