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  • Elise Paris

The Best of Christmas: Days 21 &22

Hello reader,

I hope that with the working week over and Christmas at an arms reach, that you’re starting to feel really festive. I went to Frosts Garden Centre this morning where I got a free hot chocolate and spotted three dogs in Christmas jumpers. Don’t get much better than that.

As for the advent calendar, I’ve been slacking once again (shock.)

So today we’re opening two doors and revealing, in my opinion, two of the best Christmas films of all time.

Behind door 21 is the 80’s adaption of A Christmas Carol, Scrooged.

There are endless adaptions of this very classic tale and by this point we all know every beat. In this version though, Richard Donner manages to breathe into the story, to give it more meaning for a modern audience.

If you’ve not seen it, Scrooged is about a cynical television executive, Frank Cross (Bill Murray) planning a live production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Frank is then visited my his old mentor played by John Forsythe, followed by three haunting ghosts on Christmas Eve. The ghosts in this adaption are not afraid to tell the protagonist exactly how it is. And how it is, is that he’s a bit of a douche. They are also more physically brutal, with Murray receiving a good share of fists to the face, not to mention an uppercut from a toaster. There’s no doubt that this movie captures Murray at his comedic best. Scrooged will make you laugh, make you think, and in the end it’ll add a little warmth to your Christmas season.

Behind door 22 is my mum’s favourite Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th St. (the remake).

I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen the original though I have been intending to for years, so I won’t comment on it.

This John Hughes version however, is one of the most delightful things to watch. The story is of an old man who claims to be Santa Claus, being brought to trial to determine his mental health and authenticity. I think for starters it’s a brilliantly simple plot for a Christmas film. At a point in every childs life, we have put Saint Nick on trial in our own minds. But this 90’s classic upscales it to a public discussion involving law and order. Richard Attenborough is so charming in his portrayal of Kris Kringle and his relationship with Mara Wilson (who I can’t not see as Matilda) is so well crafted. There’s no cliche’s or sappiness in this movie. It’s just a genuinely heartwarming story about an overly rational little girl and a jolly Mr Kringle that wants nothing more than for her to believe.

Okay, that's all for today,

Thanks for reading,


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