Digital Hit's Guide to Christmas Movies: Part Three
Continued from Part Two of our Xmas Movie Guide
What are the four food groups? "Candy, candy canes, candy corn and maple syrup." Will Ferrel captures the spirit of the season in the delightful Elf. Director Jon Favreau tackles the story of a human raised by elves at the North Pole who heads to New York to find his real father, played by James Caan. The film also stars Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, Ed Asner, and a sweet Zooey Deschanel.
The Griswold family can't seem to do anything right whether it's a trip to Vegas or Europe. So it's only fitting that this hapless family can't even celebrate Christmas correctly. Chevy Chase stars in the off-the-wall comedy, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
Before Arnold Schwarzenegger was the Governor of California, he was the King of Hollywood Action. When he wasn't blowing things up, he tried his hand at comedies like Kindergarden Cop, Twins and Junior. For such a convincing action-star, he actually had a certain flair for comedy as well. Instead of fighting heavily-armed bad guys in this flick, Arnie finds himself battling other fathers to try and get his son the season's ultimate toy in Jingle All The Way.
Now Tim Allen isn't an action hero, but he is a comedian. So it's only appropriate that he should star in a Christmas comedy. In his big screen debut, The Santa Clause, Allen plays a divorced father who accidentally kills the red-suited gift-giver. When Allen tries on the suit he finds himself starting to turn into Santa Claus. Apparently the wearer of the suit has certain duties, hence the Santa Clause.
The first flick was a big holiday hit, so in The Santa Clause 2, Tim Allen learns that his North Pole magic may disappear unless he finds a Mrs. Clause. When he leaves the Pole to find her, his stand-in makes some weird changes.
Jim Carrey is another TV comedian who made the leap to film success. One of his bigger projects was with director Ron Howard. They teamed together in 2000 to tackle the live action version of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Carrey spent so many hours in the makeup chair that director Howard once did the same to show that he would endure what his star would.
In Miracle on 34th Street, Kris Kringle gets himself hired to play, well, Santa at Macy's. When he meets a young girl (Natalie Wood) who doesn't believe in Santa, he must prove to her that he really is the North Pole's Number One citizen. The film was remade, but most consider the original version to be the best.
Finally, there's a Christmas movie that has always been my girlfriend's favorite, A Christmas Story. Every year we throw a little Xmas party just for the two of us and this movie is the centrepiece of the day. It's a hilarious and tender look back at a young boy's family at Christmas time that perfectly captures the exaggerated way we remember our family's quirks and incidents.
Hopefully, we've highlighted some of the movies that you might want to add to your collection. Snuggle by the fireplace, break out the eggnog, and stir up some Christmas memories. - Ian Evans