One of the fun parts of the Christmas season is watching the great Christmas movies. These are my favorite Christmas films. I am revising my previous list on Thursday’s thoughts.
Scrooged – This is a modern and hilarious re telling of the Christmas Carol with my favorite comedic actor, Bill Murray. His snarky arrogance fits perfectly for the twist that is needed to portray Frank Cross (the Scrooge character) as an ambitious man who has lost touch with what is really important in life, love.
#5. Home Alone – This movie humorously pointed out the value of family, second chances, and need for paint cans and beebee guns to make booby traps for bad guys. How can you dislike this flick?
#4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – There is a tradition in my maternal uncle’s family of watching this movie every Christmas. It really doesn’t get old. Poor Clark just wants to do something great for his family, but it always blows up in his face. This time it’s Christmas as he dreams of adding a pool to the house with his Christmas bonus money. Even though he has successfully created a non-nutritive cereal varnish that keeps the flakes crispy in milk for a longer time, he gets a “Jelly of the Month” subscription because the company’s cutting back.
#3. Scrooge aka A Christmas Carol – I like the 1951 Alastair Sim version best, but I also enjoy the remake with George C. Scott. The 1951 version was so great because the transformation of Ebeneezer Scrooge was so visibly evident when he changed following the visits by the ghosts.
#2. A Christmas Story – It’s a little dark and wierd, but funny and true. It captures the way kids are just so desperate for that one perfect gift that will make their life complete. I guess the reason I liked this movie so much was I enjoyed the quirkiness of the family and the real way that the story was conveyed. Ralphie just had to have that Red Rider BB gun. Better be careful, you’ll shoot your eye out.
#1. It’s a Wonderful Life – This is not only the best Christmas movie, but one of the greatest movies of all time. James Stewart was one of the great actors of all time and was on target as a desperate man truly unaware of his impact on those around him. This tale is moving and has a charm that is completely gone in modern movie making. I can relate a little to George Bailey’s feeling that everything is crashing in and being worth more gone than here. Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.
Of course, this is the part where you try to convince me that Miracle of 34th Street, Jingle All the Way, or Elf should have made my list. As always, my list is correct and complete.