Hurrah, it’s finally acceptable to start watching Christmas films; and you better get started sooner rather than later as Netflix has Santa-sized sacks of them to get through.
Bringing joy to the world, Netflix is providing us Brits with classic films, brand-new originals and Christmas sequels you weren’t even aware existed (A Bad Moms Christmas anyone?).
So, what are you waiting for? Go and grab a cup of cocoa (the festive-sounding Americanism for hot chocolate), grab your duvet and your winter bae and jump into Netflix’s Winter Wonderland.
In 2000, Ron Howard decided to bring Dr Seuss’ Christmas children’s book ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ to the screen with Jim Carrey in the titular role; a decision that, I personally feel, is one of the best he’s ever made.
Why is The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (2000) such a popular classic? Probably because there’s a relatable character for everyone.
If you’re effervescent and young-spirited: Cindy Lou Who is the one for you.
If you’re dark, sarcastic and characterised by your deep-rooted issues: you, my friend, are a grinch.
Are you vain and pompous (but also hilarious without meaning to be): then you’re much like Christine Baranski’s Martha May Whovier.
Whovier. When will that not be hilarious?
Watching Nativity! (a film about a school Nativity play) is an experience that can be likened to tucking into a warm mince pie: it’s comforting, it’s sweet and it’s delightful.
Plus, it’s got Martin Freeman in it!
Only a scrooge would have anything negative to say about this fun-fuelled flick.
The sequel to Nativity! – officially titled Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger – is just as magical as the first. It introduces two new characters in the form of national treasures David Tennent and Stacey from Gavin and Stacey (Joanna Page), and welcomes back Marc James Wootton’s Mr Poppy.
Watch both Nativity! films back-to-back on Netflix right now.
Aardman Animations (come on you Brits) x Sony Pictures Animations’ Arthur Christmas isn’t just one of the best Christmas animations ever made, it’s one of the best Christmas films to exist full stop.
With characters voiced by the likes of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Imelda Staunton, this heartwarming story about Santa’s son is an extremely easy watch. Like, wrap-the-presents-whilst-watching sort of easy.
A heart-rending tale of grief, Jack Frost holds a special place in many millennials’ hearts.
If you’ve never seen it and you’re looking for a good reason to watch it, know that there’s a scene sees a talking snowman (played by Michael Keaton) sledging alongside his human son.
Fun Fact: Charlie Frost actor Joseph Cross is also Tom the Barista from Big Little Lies.
Regina King, Idris Elba and Chris Brown star in ‘This Christmas’, a film about a festive family reunion filled with secrets. (Sounds like every Christmas at my house.)
Real ones know that the best part is the ending.
“After her husband ends their marriage, Kate embarks on a solo second honeymoon in Africa. There, she and Derek, a pilot, rescue a baby elephant. While nursing the elephant back to health, Kate discovers how much she loves her new surroundings.” – Netflix
“After accidentally crashing Santa’s sleigh, a brother and sister pull an all-nighter to save Christmas with a savvy, straight-talking St. Nick.” – Netflix
“When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they hatch a Christmastime plan to trade places.” – Netflix
Check out the six brand-new Netflix original films that are coming this Christmas right here.
A Dreamworks film based on William Joyce’s ‘The Guardians of Childhood’ series of books, Rise of the Guardians is a beautiful heartfelt fantasy that boasts protagonists such as Jack Frost, Santa Claus and Sandman. What’s not to like?
Comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2 is explicitly Christmas. It sees Brad and Dusty (played by Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg) team-up to save their family’s Christmas from their dads (played by John Lithgow and Mel Gibson).
Bad Santa 2
When Bad Santa 2 was first released back in 2016, I was forced to trek to the cinema to watch it.
My verdict? In all honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.
Three years later, I still feel indifferent towards the R-rated flick. And, tbh, I don’t remember very much about it other than Chrsitina Hendricks is in it.
Now it’s on Netflix, I’ll almost certainly be giving it a re-watch.
Get Santa, a film that features Jim Broadbent as Santa, Warwick Davis as a prisoner named Sally (who can be seen in this picture dressed as an elf) and the new Doctor Who (better known as Jodie Whittaker), is certainly a surreal watch.
What’s it about?
In a nutshell, it’s about a family helping Santa round up his reindeers after he crashes his sleigh just before Christmas Day.
Whether you were aware it existed or not, ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ (also known as Bad Moms 2) is real – and it’s available to stream on Netflix this Christmas.
Should you watch it? Only if you appreciate extremely silly humour.
PS: For those of you The Good Place watchers, you can treat this as a prequel to the series in which Eleanor is still alive on Earth.
Christmas with the Kranks may not be anyone’s favourite Christmas film, but Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis are in it. *Adds to Netflix list*
The real question is: where will you start?
Not just your average Joe, Lord Joseph William Furness – lorded by a mate for his birthday (a decision they now live to regret) – struggles to understand a world in which everyone isn’t as blunt, unemotional and sarcastic as him. His mother calls him pretentious because of his materialistic nature; whilst his father tells him that he can’t live in his own ‘dream world’ forever, but he seems to be doing pretty well so far. He plans to write for The Hook until he sees his name in shining lights – a future promised to him by his year 4 primary school teacher.