By Sophie Lurcuck
It’s that time of year again. Not just the run up to Christmas, but the run up to deadlines. Therefore below are the Christmas films that are worth watching, so if you only have a short amount of free time to feel festive, you will choose the movie that will make that well-deserved break worthwhile.
If comedies are your thing then Christmas with the Kranks is a must see because, it is quite underrated compared to other Christmas comedies, but well recommended. With the actor who voices Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and actress who plays the principal in Scream Queens (Jamie Lee Curtis) it has a great comedic cast. They play a couple attempting to skip Christmas on a suburban street praised for their annual festivities, leading to some sticky situations and laughs, making it an easy-going and merry movie to enjoy.
A darker Christmas comedy is Bad Santa, which entails, as the name suggests an unorthodox mall Santa, who is an all-round delinquent that breaks the law with the help of his elf co-worker. Although not the traditional light-hearted Christmas film, it is a refreshing break from children aimed films, if you prefer more adult themes and criminal action. One to watch out for is Bad Santa 2, which is in cinemas now with the same alcohol fuelled and unsaintly antics.
If your stress levels are really high, then take a trip on the Polar Express and be transported elsewhere. Alternatively, it features the voice of Woody (Tom Hanks) who plays multiple characters, including the conductor of the train that transports children to the North Pole. The story follows the journey of a young boy embarking on this magical adventure in his dressing gown, where he discovers friendship, courage and Santa Claus.
Lastly, Love actually is a film that everybody should see at least once. With an all-star cast, it follows the intermingled lives of several different characters over the holiday period, including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Bill Nighy. It is a heart-warming British comedy which explores love, loss and different types of relationships, making it the perfect accompaniment to this cold weather.