It's Christmas Eve and, like most families who celebrate Christmas, you likely have your own traditions. If your traditions include watching movies, you'll absolutely love today's blog post. I'm going to share with you 10 of my most favorite Christmas movies that I hope you watch today!
1. WHITE CHRISTMAS
3. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
4. HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
5. HOME ALONE 1 & 2
6. JINGLE ALL THE WAY
7. THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES
8. I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
9. CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS
10. THE HOLIDAY CALENDAR
Happy Merry Movie Monday! Today's post will be on the classic Christmas movie White Christmas. For today's rating system, we're going to use a snowflake!
Bob and Phil are in the army putting on a Christmas show for their comrades on Christmas during World War 2. They are bombed and Phil saves Bob by pushing him out of the way of falling debris, injuring his arm. Bob, who is a performing artist, tells Phil to let him know what he can do to repay him. Phil decides to use his injury to guilt Bob (playfully) into becoming a duo act.
The two become famous performers after the war and even become producers. They decide to follow up on a request from a former army pal by visiting his sisters, Betty and Judy, who are a performing duo. The four meet and there are instant sparks. In order to help the sisters escape from a landlord who says they owe him money, Phil gives the girls he and Bob's tickets so they can get to Vermont for their next performance.
When the men finally get to the train, they find the girls and decide to go to Vermont with them. The girls are set to perform in a cozy inn and are looking forward to the amazing amounts of snow, but they arrive to a green landscape with no snow and an inn with no audience. After Bob and Phil find out the inn belongs to their former general, they begin to plot a way to get more people to the inn to save it from going bankrupt.
ACTING | 5/5
This film stars Bing Crosby, a famous singer, as well as George Clooney's mother, Rosemary Clooney. Other notable actors include Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye! The acting is great, especially for the time!
THE STORYLINE | 5/5
The storyline is unique in that it isn't all about Christmas, but kind of about the Christmas spirit and the idea that you should help those in need. It was an interesting way to go about it, because it wasn't like the general was really suffering.
THE MEANING | 5/5
This film upholds the Christmas idea that helping others is far more important than helping yourself. Bob and Phil decided to spend a ton of money to get their cast and crew to the inn to put on a great show because of the admiration he had for the general and the hope he had for improving his situation.
At the end, when they were performing "White Christmas," it began to snow. Throughout the film, Bob and Betty fall in love, which also plays into the popular Christmas theme of opening your heart to a new person.
THE EDITING | 5/5
After taking into consideration that this film was shot and edited in 1954, the editing is quite good. I would say for its time, it was done well. Obviously people love it because it is still a Christmas classic today!
It's Merry Movie Monday, so its time for yet another movie review of another Christmas movie. This week's movie was one that I caught on Netflix, so I'm hoping it is still there for you to enjoy!
For today's rating system, we've got to use a calendar! Check out the end of the review for my total rating.
Abby Sutton is a young, talented photographer, but she finds herself stifled at her full-time job, where she takes photos in what seems to be a department store. She gets a huge surprise at Christmas time when her best friend Josh returns back home after traveling around the world.
ACTING | 5/5
I personally really enjoyed the acting. Both of the main actors, Kat Graham and Quincy Brown, are well accomplished in the acting world and had great chemistry. I would have to say, though, my favorite character was Gramps, played by Ron Cephas Jones.
THE STORYLINE | 4/5
Of course, Christmas movies that involve finding true love are a dime a dozen. However, I feel like this one has a kind of twist that makes it a bit more interesting. I did have an idea for the ending segment of the movie, but it didn't actually happen, so I was kind of bummed because I feel like it would have made the ending cuter. DM me or ask me in the comments if you're interested in knowing my ideal ending. I suggest watching it first, though.
THE MEANING | 5/5
I think that this movie's meaning really plays into the "everything is not what it seems" message. It really drives home the message of recognizing who really cares for you and trying not to take some things too seriously. I love it!
SPECIAL EFFECTS/ANIMATION/EDITING | 5/5
I don't really think there was much animation or special effect in this movie, so I added in the editing. I really liked the editing and think that it was professional and made the story that much better!
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and would highly recommend adding it to your Christmas movie watch list. I hope you enjoyed today's review. See you again next time!
I know that the Christmas season is technically just beginning, but I have already watched a ton of Christmas-themed movies. I don't know what to say, I just feel holly jolly!
I wasn't too excited to see this animated film because the first animated one and the one with Jim Carrey are among my favorites. But my Nana, who rarely leaves the house, wanted to go and see it, so I agreed to tag along! I was pleasantly surprised. For today's rating system, I will be using Grinch heads!
Without further ado, let's talk about the plot.
The more modern version of the Grinch, narrated by Pharrell Williams, features Donna Who (played by Rashida Jones), a hard-working single mother raising the familiar Cindy-Lou Who, an adventurous and tomboy-ish Who, and her two younger brothers.
The storyline also follows the Grinch and his dog Max who must venture into town a few days before Christmas because they ran out of food. When they get there, the Grinch begins to remember his childhood in the Whoville orphanage. This combined with a ton of other Christmas-y things happening throughout the film sparks the Grinch's plan to steal Christmas from the Whos. Meanwhile, Cindy-Lou Who plots with her friends to trap Santa Claus to tell him what she wants for Christmas.
This older film touches on some new themes, but it mostly follows the age-old storyline of helping the Grinch's heart grow two sizes bigger.
ACTING | 5/5
I thought that the cast choices were bold and included Benedict Cumberbatch as The Grinch, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury, and Cameron Seely, who you would most likely know from the 2017 hit "The Greatest Showman." The inflections of the actors' voices were perfect and aligned with the storyline well. I feel like it is really hard to mess up an animated movie, though!
THE STORYLINE | 4/5
I actually really loved the storyline, but some people may be disappointed that this movie took a turn away from the original storyline. But, I think it was really interesting. Cindy-Lou's mom seems to be a nurse, which was cool because you don't typically think about a nurse in Whoville. In addition, I loved that the Grinch was actually really nice to Max. In other films, he kind of uses Max and I like that, in this film, they took time to make sure that Max was considered a friend rather than a piece of property. I thought that the twist was unique, so I'm giving it a 4/5.
THE MEANING | 4.5/5
As I said, this movie does take a step away from what is usually the greater meaning from the Grinch movies, but it does all come back to Cindy-Lou Who changing the heart of the Grinch without even realizing it. I thought that the meaning behind it was nice but thought is was kind of strange that they didn't add any extra meaning since they changed so many other aspects.
SPECIAL EFFECTS/ANIMATION | 5/5
This movie was a project produced by Illumination, which brought us all of the Despicable Me and Minion movies. I think they did a great job with the animation and with really nailing the emotions and body language aspect!
Overall, I would say that you should just go and see it! I loved the movie and I think that children would really like it. I hope that you can take some time to go see it on the big screen before it is out of the theatre!
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