As the festive season approaches, there’s a Christmas fever epidemic at B Sunglasses HQ. We’re not going to even try and deny that it’s not our favourite time of the year by a country mile. The food, the drinks, the festive cheer, outdoor markets and of course there’s Christmas movies. After much deliberation we’ve come up with the ultimate Christmas movies as proposed by the B Sunglasses team, in no particular order.
McCauley Culkin stars as Kevin McAllister, a young boy who’s family inadvertently leave him behind whilst they jet off on the family holiday. Hilarity ensues when the McAllister home is the target of ‘The Wet Bandits’ a hapless criminal duo hell bent on not only stripping the family home of all its possessions, but making Kevin pay for giving them the run around. However, Kevin proves to be too crafty for the crooks by setting a series of ingenious home made booby traps. Culkin is a star turn in this Christmas classic and it’s easy to see why he was one of the most sought after young actors of his generation.
We wouldn’t recommend snuggling down with the family to this one; it’s definitely one for the adults. Billy Bob Thornton is hilarious as the petty criminal turned department store Santa Clause with a penchant for drink, drugs and women. Thornton’s character isn’t all bad as he develops an unlikely bond with a young boy who takes him in to live with him and his sick grandmother, which actually gives the film a feel good factor.
Will Ferrell at his over the top best. Ferrell plays Buddy the elf who accidentally crawled into Santa’s sack as a child and was raised in the North Pole as an elf. Upon learning he is really a human Buddy travels to New York City to find his biological father. Upon his arrival in the Big Apple Buddy shows his child like enthusiasm and innocence towards the real world, such as buying his father a racy nightie because the store has marketed it as ‘for that special someone’. A true feel good, laugh out loud Christmas comedy for the whole family.
Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is based on the original character created in the 1950s, the movie version released in 2000 has made our list. Jim Carrey received rave reviews for his part as the titular green recluse. The Grinch lives on a Cliffside overlooking the idyllic, charming town of Whoville where Christmas cheer is always high. Being the bitter character that he is, the Grinch proceeds to steal all of the presents from under the trees in Whoville; only to wake up to overhear the citizens of Whoville merrily celebrating regardless. The Grinch then returns all of the gifts and is overcome by the Christmas cheer he receives.
Bruce Willis is the ultimate action hero as John McClane; the NYPD cop who has travelled to LA to see his family and single handedly foils a gang of terrorists after they have taken control of a tower block. Not a Christmas movie we hear you say?! Nonsense! Let us explain why: 1, it’s set at Christmas, McClane is visiting his wife at her company Christmas party. 2, McClane, in keeping with the festive theme of the movie, wittily writes ‘HO, HO, HO, NOW I HAVE A MACHINE GUN’ after taking down one of the terrorists. 3, The end credits roll and the movie is played out to the festive classic ‘Let it Snow’.
It’s a Wonderful Life
I know we said earlier that this list had no particular order to it, but we lied. Frank Capra’s timeless classic is the greatest Christmas movie of all time. James Stewart plays the selfless George Bailey who sets his dreams and ambitions aside in order to help others around him. When things begin to get too much for him George contemplates committing suicide, until his guardian angel, Clarence, is sent from above to illustrate just how much joy he has brought to the people around him. No matter how many times we watch this, we’re still fighting back the tears every time.
Let us know if we’ve missed your favourite Christmas movie from this list.