By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
The true mark of a good festive film is that you can watch it every year without fail, enjoying it just as much as the very first time.
Here are five of the best Christmas movies that you might never be tired of watching.
Home Alone (One and Two)
When we were small, the thought of being left at home by our parents or stranded alone in a New York Hotel room (as Macaulay Culkin is in the respective Home Alone movies) over Christmas seemed like the scariest, saddest thing imaginable. Now if feels like it would be the dream Christmas experience (Minus the bumbling burglars, naturally).
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Jim Carey’s turn as the green-haired, pot-bellied, Christmas-hating Dr Seuss character is totally flawless (in our humble opinion). We might have watched the Grinch so many times that we can recite every line, but that only makes it better, and funnier. If you have to watch a kid’s film, make it this one.
Richard Curtis’ classic, Love Actually has become such a festive telly staple since its release in 2003 that we can’t remember a Christmas without it. From a young Keira Knightly and Emma Thompson to a dapper Hugh Grant and the late, great Alan Rickman, it’s veritable who’s who of British romcom talent. We won’t hear a word against it.
Love it or hate it, this saccharine movie has got all the bases covered when it comes to Christmas feels: unrequited love, new romance, handsome strangers in cosy pubs and a snowy English village that looks like it would be an absolute nightmare for Ocado deliveries. As guilty pleasures go, The Holiday tops the list.
Elf, starring Will Ferrell as Buddy – a grown man who has accidentally been raised as one of santa’s Elves – has become something of a Christmas cult classic since its release in 2003. If farrell’s brand of comedy isn’t for you, then watch the film for Zooey Deschanel’s rendition of Baby, it’s cold outside – if that doesn’t make you feel Christmassy then nothing will.
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