Christmas week is finally upon us and yet it’s an understatement to say that it won’t be a Christmas like any other. With harsher restrictions being brought forward, a lot of people aren’t able to see family and friends on Christmas which is heartbreaking for so many. It is times like these when films can bring a little joy and escapism even if it is for a couple of hours, which is why I provided this list of films for you to watch during Christmas week. I have always found that film has helped in the darkest of times and Christmas films in particular are full of innocent joy and good nature that it’s hard to resist when everything seems so negative. I thought it would be a good idea to give some of my personal recommendations if you are looking for a Christmas film to get you into the spirit.
There are the classic Christmas films that are rewatched year after year with none beating the impact that comes from Frank Capra’ It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). The most iconic Christmas film there is, It’s a Wonderful Life is a masterpiece that rings even truer to home this year as George Bailey (James Stewart) looks back at how he has positively affected the lives of those in his small town. Other Christmas classics include The Snowman (1982) and The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), both of which are commonly rewatched by audiences of all ages. Sometimes watching a familiar film that bring back memories of happier times when you could watch them with family.
There are also plenty of modern Christmas classics with my personal favourite being Todd Haynes’ flawless Carol (2015). Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two star-crossed lovers, Carol is a love story for the ages. Another modern Christmas hit would have to be Nancy Meyers’ The Holiday (2006). These films are complete opposites in every way and have managed to develop strong fanbases who feel passionate about their place at the Christmas classic table.
Lastly, there are the more unconventional Christmas films which consists of films that are set at Christmastime but are unconcerned with that connection such as Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and Die Hard (1988) as well as films that don’t have any Christmassy context and yet remain popular year after year such as The Wizard of Oz (1939). I have previously written on unconventional Christmas films and what makes them so popular and appealing for those who may roll their eyes at the more traditional offerings (you can read that here).
There are Christmas films for every taste whether you like a comedy classic or a thrilling adventure. Many filmmakers have turned to Christmas because they know the lasting power that a Christmas film can have through the ages.
So whatever you choose, get yourself some mince pies, a glass of mulled wine and put your feet up with a good film. But most importantly be safe, have a Merry Christmas and here’s hoping 2021 will be a much better year for us all!
Let me know what you’re planning to watch this Christmas week in the comments below!