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Christmas film marathon 2017: It's a Wonderful Life, Elf, Scrooged and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Christmas for me means yet another opportunity to watch films. Preferably Christmas films. I am a real sucker for those since they often appeal to your deeper emotions. This year I kick off Christmas with the following films:

  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • Elf
  • Scrooged
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

It's A Wonderful Life  (1946)

Easily one of my all time favourites. A true Christmas classic that gets to me at the same spots every time. Everything is superb in this film. The acting, the story and the feel good moments. if this film doesn't make you cry then there is something wrong with you. And the best thing about this film is how relevant it is even today. There are so many situations depicted that unfortunately have not changed one bit. One of the best social commentaries ever displayed on film.

Elf  (2003)

Will Ferrel is endearing as the adopted Elf whose innocence will even make the most sceptical and cynical people love Christmas. They way he captures the hearts of the people he gets into contact with and how at the same time he manages to increase their Christmas spirit is intoxicating. There are many funny moments since Will Ferrel obviously is much too tall and human to be considered an elf. But that doesn't stop him from spreading joy and happiness. A wonderful feel good film.

Scrooged (1988)

Easily one of the best adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film masterfully combines drama with black humour. Bill Murray as Scrooge is perfect and the overall Christmas spirit is very strong in this one. 

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

For some reason I always seemed to skip this Christmas classic as I was under the impression that it wasn't any good. But boy was I wrong! This is easily one of the best Christmas films out there and surprisingly still holds up today. Clark (Chevy Chase) wants to have the best Christmas celebration possible but gets very little help from his beloved family. He tries to be as positive and optimistic as possible but you can see his frustration and anger grow whenever things don't go as planned. The tragedy of it all is that it's not really his fault. Like I said he gets very little help or support from his family who for the most part are the ones causing the mishaps. There were a couple of laugh out loud moments that just thinking about them make me burst into laughter all over again. 

So if like me you always skipped this one then please go watch it at once it's brilliant.

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