If you’re on Netflix UK and you’re stuck for a Christmas film to watch this year, don’t fear, we’re here to sift through the festive delights On Demand and tell you what’s worth watching.
Scrooged has appeared countless times on Top 10 Films as a Christmas favourite. If there’s one Christmas film to watch on Netflix this year it would be this one. Bill Murray is fantastic in this contemporary version of the classic Dickens story. It’s funny, a little dark, and importantly full – eventually – of Christmas cheer.
You’ll have to wait until December 14 but Love Actually will be available on Netflix in time for Christmas. This gooey festive favourite from Richard Curtis sees him dial up his sentimental side to “11” but for those that enjoy their heart-strings manipulated like a violin during a Sarah Chang concert, this ensemble romantic-comedy will prove as warm as a roaring fire.
Jingle All The Way
The crass commercialisation of Christmas is on show in this silly Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy. Hardly one of the actor’s best films but the in-your-face cartoon-like antics and simple set-up will keep the kids entertained for a while. Sinbad is Arnie’s nemesis here as two dads battle for the last available “toy of the year” Turbo Man.
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Deck The Halls
Perhaps one of those Christmas films to watch when the festive spirit “in film” gets completely lost! If you’ve seen the rest of the movies on this list, Deck The Halls will offer some sporadic Christmas fun and features a good cast including Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito.
Anna Kendrick is in this one. Need I say more. She’s always a delight and Happy Christmas is no different. Like the writer-director’s previous films, Happy Christmas sees much of its dialogue improvised and tells the story of Kendrick’s Jenny, an irresponsible 20-something, who after arriving at her older brother’s house to live, shakes up the family’s life, giving wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) a new lease of life outside of mundane domesticity.
The Night Before
The on-screen chemistry between stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie makes The Night Before work. It also features some sparkling writing, a gorgeous, Christmassy New York setting, and several laugh-out-loud moments. It’s a Christmas film for an adult audience wanting a good laugh. If you’ve seen and liked 50/50, The Wackness or Warm Bodies, also by director Jonathan Levine, you’ll like this one.
Miracle On 34th Street
Yes, it’s the Richard Attenborough-starring remake. But alas, I prefer this one. Full of Christmas spirit and a good message about family, imagination and humility.