Christmas is coming and like the piles of chocolates that my children are given during the festive period, 2018 appears to be vanishing rapidly. What can you do but look forward…I wonder what movies are on?…
‘What’s your favourite Christmas movie?’ A quick office poll of favourites reveals ‘Elf’ (which I’ve yet to see) in the top spot – although there were favourable mentions for ‘Home Alone’, ‘The Grinch’ and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’. There were also shouts for ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. Folk get pretty passionate when asked this question – and the answers they give tend to be wrapped up in family traditions of when & where particular films are watched – normally a couch is mentioned.
You might have become aware of the online debate around ‘Die-Hard’ and its status of the ‘Schrödinger’s Cat’ of the Christmas genre – nobody is really sure whether it is or isn’t a Christmas film until you examine it… then you’re still not sure. I come down on the side of IT IS a Christmas film because I like it and I would be perfectly happy to watch it whilst curled up on the aforementioned couch eating ‘Quality Street’ – but I’m not sure that my review methodology solves the argument once and for all in a ‘Quod Erat Demonstrandum’ – QED – sort of way.
My personal favourite, and definitely a true, Christmas great – is probably the 1951 version of ‘Scrooge – A Christmas Carol’ with Alistair Sim. When I think of the character of ‘Scrooge’ it is always Alistair Sim that I imagine in my mind and the story in the film follows the Dicken’s novella pretty faithfully. Everyone I’m sure knows the story, but in this version the darkness of the issues all around Scrooge are not brushed over and the sense of redemption that he seeks and finds is all the better for it. I’m sure that the film has remained popular because the tale that Dicken’s produced over 175 years ago contains messages that are still universally relevant today – messages around the importance of charity, helping others and caring for your community.
Simply, I suppose the film is a firm favourite with me because it’s a brilliant story – and it never fails to remind me that we can help each other through simple acts of kindness. Kindness is key – QED.
So, here’s to you and yours at this festive time of year – and here’s to more kindness this Christmas and in the year to come – Slainte!