Guest article by Sarah.
Ho, ho, ho, dear fellow film lovers! When I was asked to write this guest article about my favorite Christmas movies, I thought “oh dear, do I even know five Christmas movies?”
I have to admit, I don’t even watch that many, so I had to think hard for a bit to come to my five favorites. But as it turns out, I do know at least five, so here is my personal Best Of…
#5 Love Actually
Written and Directed by Richard Curtis, released in 2003
Love Actually revolves around the lives of quite a lot of people in the month before Christmas in wintery London. Most stories are linked through the wedding of Juliet and Peter, where most main characters are in some way involved. They are all struggling with complicated love issues, whether they’re already married with kids or have just met each other; whether they’re adults or only school kids. Will they all find their happy endings in time for Christmas Eve?
Although there are many plotlines in this movie, I always enjoy watching it, as every storyline on its own is quite charming and I like how they all come together in the end.
Love Actually is an ensemble film, that features quite famous actors like Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, and Colin Firth.
Photo copyright: Universal Pictures.
#4 Christmas with the Kranks
Written by Chris Columbus, Directed by Joe Roth, released in 2004
After their daughter, Blair departs to Peru to join the Peace Corps, the couple Luther, and Nora Krank decide to spend the money they’ve usually spent on Christmas decorations and gifts on a ten-day Caribbean cruise instead. However, when people find out about them not celebrating Christmas this year, they are scorned by their neighbors and friends. A crazy fight between the Kranks and their “haters” ensues. Shortly before they depart for their cruise, the Krank’s get a call from Blair, saying that she’s coming home with her Peruvian fiancée for Christmas as a surprise and chaos breaks out as Luther and Nora try to arrange all their usual Christmas festivities last minute. Will they make it in time and what will happen to their cruise?
This one is really fun, although at times it feels like you’re watching a disaster movie. 😀 It is based on John Grisham’s novel Skipping Christmas and features Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as the Kranks.
Photo copyright: Columbia Pictures.
#3 While you were sleeping
Written by Daniel G. Sullivan and Fredric Lebow, directed by Jon Turteltaub, released in 1995
Lucy (Sandra Bullock) is quite the loner and works as a fare token collector in Chicago. On Christmas Day, her secret crush Peter (Peter Gallagher) is pushed onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train and Lucy saves his life. Due to a misunderstanding, a nurse later tells his family in the hospital, that Lucy is his fiancée. While Peter is in a coma, Lucy keeps up her lie, as she gets to love being a part of the family. Things don’t get any easier when Lucy meets Peter’s younger brother Jack (Bill Pullman) and the two fall in love. As Peter wakes up from his coma, not knowing Lucy, of course, he is diagnosed with amnesia and after his hospital stay he proposes to Lucy “again”…
Photo copyright: Buena Vista Pictures.
#2 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Written by John Hughes, directed by Chris Columbus, released in 1992
So, this is a real classic and I chose the second part as I kinda like it a bit better than the first one. They’re all awesome though. This time, Kevin mistakenly boards a flight to New York City, while his family is headed to Florida. Lucky Kevin is carrying his father’s wallet with him, so he’s able to check in to the Plaza Hotel with his credit card. Kevin’s epic second adventure ensues. He’s hunted by Harry and Marv, who has just broken out of prison, makes a donation to the toy store’s collection for the children’s hospital and befriends a homeless lady in the park who feeds the pigeons. Of course, soon his family notices his absence and flies to New York to look for there, once again, lost son.
The movie again features Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, Catherine O’Hara as his mother, Joe Pesci as Harry and Daniel Stern as Marv.
Photo copyright: 20th Century Fox.
#1 The Santa Clause
Written by Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick, directed by John Pasquin, released in 1994
Ok, we have arrived at my all-time favorite Christmas movie. Toy salesman Scott Calvin spends Christmas Eve with his son Charlie. In the middle of the night, Santa Claus lands on their roof with his sleigh, but when Scott rushes outside, thinking it is an intruder, he falls from the roof and vanishes. In his pocket, Scott finds a card saying that if something happens to him, the finder should put on his coat, which Scott does and the adventure begins…
After visiting the north pole together with Charlie and officially taking over the job of Santa Claus, Scott has pretty hard times trying to maintain his normal life and convincing his ex-wife and her new husband that Charlie isn’t lying about his dad being the real Santa.
The movie features Tim Allen as Scott and Eric Lloyd as Charlie.
This is it! I hope you enjoyed my choice of movies. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a quiet and peaceful time together with your loved ones. If you want to read more about all kinds of different movies and shows, head over to my blog and have a look at Sarah Talks Films 😊