Christmas is getting closer and it is inevitable to step into the Christmas mood: lights dangling from buildings, the first Christmas trees being decorated in squares and that cosy feeling of a gathering occasion for every family. Most of the films proposed are animated, however, too much often they are underestimated but the truth is they’re the perfect mix between films, animation, story and ethical messages that please both adults and children. What then a better thing to do than, to help us slip gently into the Christmas spirit, if not watching a good series of Christmas films? We propose here 10 films that have turned into a must, some older and some more recent.
It’s a Wonderful Life: It is one of the most beautiful films related to Christmas: an angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. All the events happen during the Christmas period.
A Christmas Carol: Film adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, the version I am referring to is the animated one that stands out between all the adaptations made during the decades.
The Polar Express: This is another animated, which tells the story of a young boy who is gradually losing the Christmas feeling, questioning himself on the (real or not) existence of Santa Clause. He will face his doubts during a journey to the North Pole on a magic train together with other children going through the very same experience.
The Family Stone: A film about a modern family, where the theme ‘Christmas’ branches out and embraces other themes: love, family, racism and prejudices. An uptight, conservative, businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family’s annual Christmas celebration and finds that she’s a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.
Nightmare Before Christmas: This Tim Burton animated movie breaks the spell of Christmas routine turning upside down the concept of festivity: what if in a parallel world Halloween were more important than Christmas? This animated allows us to question whether the true important thing isn’t the festivity itself but what we can get out of it, in terms of personal expectations.
The Holiday: Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
Jack Frost: A father, who can’t keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son before he is gone forever.
The Rise of the Guardians: When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.
Home Alone: A must that comes back every Christmas: the story of an 8-year old troublemaker who must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas holidays.
– Chiara Merlino, Correspondent (Film)