It has been a crazy busy year in the Holler office, and what better way to kick back, relax and get us in the festive spirit than by watching some of our favourite Christmas classics!
We thought we’d canvas opinion from the team around the office and see who are the contenders for Best Christmas film. Here are Holler’s favourite Christmas films of all time and a few reasons why they make us feel all warm and full of festive cheer!
Love Actually (2003)
“I love the star-studded cast, from Bill Nighy on Top of the Pops, to Colin Firth failing to speak Spanish and Mr Bean packing gifts (‘This is SO much more than a bag’). You’ve even got ‘that guy from My Family’ and Stacey from Gavin and Stacey. The script is great, it’s funny, a bit emosh (Emma Thomson unwrapping her CD gets me every time), all boxed up in a feel-good Christmassy wrapper – what’s not to love?!
I mean – Hugh Grant dancing down the stairs to Girls Aloud at No.10 – what more do you want at Xmas?”
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Elf (2003) & Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
“As much as I like the traditional Christmas films, I tend to prefer the modern classics. So for me, it’s a toss-up between Elf (2003) and Daddy’s Home 2 (2017). Apparently, I have an appreciation for a funny dysfunctional family film at Christmas. Also Will Ferrell. Two common denominators there.”
“Just like Simon, I’m choosing Elf (2003). Elf has a perfect combination of festivity and humour throughout. I love the scene where Elf (Will Ferrell) is bouncing around on a trampoline inside his New York apartment. It’s also cool to see Santa and his sleigh flying around the city, it must have been a fun film to make and it never fails to get me into the Christmas mood!”
Home Alone (1990)
“This film never fails to get me into the Christmas spirit and I’ve watched it nearly every year since I can remember! I’m a sucker for film music and John Williams knocks it out of the park for Home Alone in one of his most magical scores ever; strings, choirs, chimes and church bells – What more could you want from a festive soundtrack?!
It really does have everything you need for a funny, meaningful and heartwarming Christmas classic and I can’t wait to crack this film out for another year. So, to quote Kevin McCallister, ‘Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!'”
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
“Rizzo the Rat: ‘Mother always taught me: “Never eat singing food.”‘
This was the first film I remember seeing at the cinema, and to this day I have watched it every Christmas without fail! Michael Caine clearly had a lot of fun making this film and the Muppets themselves are on magical form! It’s the perfect Christmas film in my book, fun, playful, a little melancholic but with a feel-good ending to rival any!”
Die Hard (1988)
“Now I have a machine gun, Ho Ho Ho.”
Who doesn’t love watching Bruce Willis running around the Nakatomi Plaza on Christmas Eve in a dirty vest?! Over the years it’s become the anti-Christmas Christmas film and you can’t deny it’s mighty satisfying watching Hans Gruber fall from a very tall building!
And there we have it! We hope this has made you feel sufficiently full of Christmas cheer. Another year down, and another decade has flown by.
Wherever in the world you are, from all of us at Holler, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and all the best for a wonderful 2020!