When the holidays roll around, what’s your go-to show or movie? Ken and I had this discussion on the air last week. He doesn’t stray from the time-tested classics: It’s A Wonderful Life, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I say, he’s missing out.
I love the old Alistair Sim version of A Christmas Carol as much as anyone does. It’s been remade, faithfully, many times, as recently as in 2009. While remakes often leave me cold, I actually prefer Scrooged – Bill Murray’s take on the tale from 1988. Scrooged doesn’t try to replicate the 1951 original. It offers a fresh – and at the time – modern version.
My must-have at this time of year is Love Actually. Pre-conceived notions killed this funny and wise movie for some people while the rest of us let it live in our cold, little hearts. It’s edgier and less sappy than some would have you believe. You can’t watch it with kids in the room. Love Actually follows eight diverse couples as they figure out what love is. And it’s all strung together by an aging rock star’s attempt to capture a British honour: the number one song at Christmas-time.
As much as I’m willing to consider newer Christmas movies, I can’t understand the enduring popularity of Elf. It was a cute premise, I’ll grant you that. But the costumes were…problematic. Let’s just say the photo of Will Ferrell on the DVD cover wearing a modest tunic top is not how he – or any male elf – appears in the movie. Blech. Give me the dark humour of Bad Santa any day. At least you know what you’re getting into as you settle in. But skip the sequel. It had none of the charm (yes I said charm!) of the first one.
I’m certain I’m missing out on some holiday gems and I’d love to know about them in the comments. Now if you’ll excuse me, Colin Firth is waiting for me. Love, Actually…is all around.