Alternative Christmas Movies to Watch This Year
Normally when you think of watching a Christmas movie the last thing that comes to mind are nasty creatures that shouldn’t be fed after midnight or some sweaty cop wailing yippee-ki-ay at the top of his voice while he singlehandedly saves the occupants of a building from terrorist burglars. The alternative Christmas movie is now as much a part of our TV watching tradition as Turkey, The Queen’s Speech and a huge tin of Quality Street! Here’s a list of some of out favourite alternative Christmas movies.
Children Of Men – Not a bit of tinsel in site in this 2006 dystopian sci-fi from Alfonso Cuaron. Clive Owen plays Theo who struggles to protect a young pregnant mother bearing the first child to be conceived in 20 years. Definite hints towards the Nativity.
Die Hard 1 and 2 – John McClane goes to visit his corporate wife and all hell breaks loose in this first outing from Bruce Willis. The sequel was also at Christmas set at Dulles airport with a lot of snow and explosions. Oh the weather outside is frightful . . .
It’s a Wonderful Life – An angel stops a man from commiting suicide by showing him the affect his life had on others. There’s a Christmas tree and a few carols thrown in to make this classic a bit more festive and lots of snow.
The Holiday – You could be forgiven for thinking this is a traditional Christmas movie but it’s actually just set at that time of the year. Two women swap houses to get away from their lives and find love. Yes, it’s mushy but Jack Black is in it and that’s a good enough reason to add it to the list.
Home Alone – You’ll be forgiven for thinking this is a classic but it’s not about Christmas at all. It’s about a young lad called Kevin who likes cheese pizza and gets left behind by his family who go off to France. Two bumbling theives try to outwit this sneaky little kid with hilatious results. Home Alone 2 Lost in New York was a worthy sequel but give the 3rd one a miss.