Fay’s Top Five Festive Films – Fay Keenan
Ah, Christmas…an excuse to kick back, open the chocs and settle in on the sofa without a care in the world. And what better accompaniment to the Christmas treats than some festive films? So, in the spirit of the season, here are my top 5 Christmas movies.
A Christmas Prince, 1 and 2
What more could a girl want at Christmas? Imaginary European country, covered in snow? Check. Handsome, misunderstood hero? Check. Sassy heroine who is determined to get the story of the century for the magazine she works for? Check. Cute younger sibling who knows it all before the protagonists do? Check! Told in the best traditions of all Hallmark Christmas movies, the love story between sparky American reporter Amber and brooding Prince Richard will warm the coals of your heart. And the best thing is, there’s a sequel, too!
The Princess Switch
Yet another Netflix gem, with the adorable Vanessa Hudgens playing two, and then three characters in this year’s sequel, witness as a baker falls for yet another European prince! There’a a cute best friend for the buttoned up princess and another sassy child who once again knows it all. Formulaic? Maybe, but utterly charming and just the stuff to awaken your Christmas spirit, as well as your appetite for baked goods. Enjoy!
No list would be complete without this evergreen classic. From Hugh Grant’s sexy PM (who I drew on for inspiration for my own novel, A Place to Call Home), to the heartbroken Liam Neeson, Martine McCutcheon’s oh-so-Cockney tea lady to Colin Firth’s mangled attempts at novel writing and mastering Portugese to win the woman of his dreams, it’s a deserved classic. And don’t even mention Emma Thompson’s heartbreak, which I’m still mad at Alan Rickman for, all these years later…
The Muppet Christmas Carol
What I love the most about this adaptation of the classic novel by Charles Dickens is Michael Caine’s straight-as-an-arrow performance. Not a wink to camera in sight. He makes you believe in Scrooge, and that Bob Cratchit really could have been a frog. Add to that the Great Gonzo as Dickens himself, a star turn from Miss Piggy as the fearsome Mrs Cratchit in full flow over her own dinner table and a wild range of catchy song and dance numbers and it’s up there with the very best in Christmas entertainment. Bravo!
Whatever your position on whether or not the Die Hard films are Christmas movies, no-one can dispute that seeing Bruce Willis come up against the deliciously delinquent Alan Rickman at Christmas time is a seasonal experience! As ever, Rickman acts Willis off the stage in every scene, but Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without that age old tale of terrorists taking over a skyscraper and a man in bare feet, making fists with his toes, saving the day. Yippee Kay-Ay…you know the rest!