So we’ve all seen the classics, but what about new Christmas movies? We’ve done Sound of Music and It’s a Wonderful Life to death, and we’ll watch them again this Christmas…BUT, how about some new blood? I can’t promise any instant classics, but there is plenty of Yuletide cheer and lots of aspirational snow-covered houses.
The Princess Switch (2018)
Twas the week before Christmas, and a duchess switched places with an ordinary woman from Chicago, who looks exactly like her, and they each fall in love with each other’s beaus. It’s a classic set-up, and who could possibly resist double Vanessa Hudgens? As sweet as a candy cane peppermint hot chocolate with added sprinkles – mind the toothache!
Director: Michael Rohl
Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.
Director: Marc Laurence
Happiest Season (2020)
Kristen Stewart plays Abby, who is planning to propose to her girlfriend, Harper, in front of Harper’s family members. But she is in for a shock when she learns that Harper is yet to come out to her parents. A fresh take on the old “taking your new partner home for the holidays” trope, this is a female-led delight of comedy and heartbreak…but the big question: will our lovely ladies live happy ever after (Christmas)?
Director: Clea DuVall
From the Director of the Bridget Jones’ movies comes this enchanting tale of Eleanor, a fairy godmother-in-training, who hears that the world may not need fairy godmothers anymore. She decides to prove everyone wrong and help a young girl whose plea for help went unnoticed. Except the girl is now a single Mum and career woman who is a bit inconvenienced by her new arrival. Fun, cosy Christmas fare.
Director: Sharon Maguire
Last Christmas (2020)
Emma Thompson, the unofficial Queen of our Hearts, penned this adorable romantic tragedy with her husband Greg Wise. She plays the mother of the main character, Katarina (Emilia Clark), a lost and lonely young woman who works as an Elf in central London. She starts to find herself with the arrival of a handsome stranger, but all is not as it seems. Expect to shed a tear or two.
Director: Paul Feig
Single All the Way (2021)
I loudly cheered when I saw the trailer for the Netflix-produced celebration of Yuletide gayness. It is a wonderfully camp and heartwarming rom-com about two best friends, Peter and Nick, who pretend to be dating so that Peter can impress his family. There is a slight twist when Nick reveals the truth right away and Peter gets set up with an impossibly hot personal trainer. Still, it all comes good in the end. Bonus feature: Jennifer Coolidge.
Director: Michael Mayer
Silent Night (2021)
Probably showing at a cinema near you right now, this newest addition to the festive canon is a blend of aspirational interiors, impossibly beautiful women and dark humour….oh and did I mention the threat of doomsday? Sounds like just my kind of thing!!
A couple invites their closest friends to join their family for Christmas dinner at their idyllic home in the English countryside. As the group comes together, it feels like old times — but behind all of the laughter and merriment, something isn’t quite right. Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode lead a whole host of stars in this ensemble.
Director: Camille Griffin
Hopefully, this has whetted your appetite to watch a new Christmas film? Have you seen one of these that has become your new favourite, which feels a bit little like blasphemy but you just don’t care?
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