The 7 best films you did Not Understand were Christmas movies
There are scores of amazing Christmas movies out there, and they are the ones you see on TV throughout December or on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
However there are a variety of unconventional Christmas movies. They’re the ones that are not entirely centered on Christmas and the happenings of this season, but the holiday and its topics play a pivotal part in the film or progress its own storyline, however big or small. It does not have to worry about Christmas for a Christmas film.
1. Die Hard (1988)
Come on, this is the most popular unorthodox Christmas film, so we’re only going to get it out of the way. Yes Die Hard is a Christmas film: His plans to go to a Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve are interrupted by terrorists. Even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed and said there’s “no question about it.”
2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Does not seem like it at first, but setting up Christmas decorations elicits the buildup to the film’s climax. When Edward is producing an ice sculpture, the shavings flying about mimic snow diving, strengthening the notion that his and Kim’s love story being told within an explanation for why it snows at Christmas.
3. Trading Places (1983)
What’s more Christmasy than seeing Dan Aykroyd dressed as Santa and ingesting an whole salmon throughout his beard from inside his suit when riding a bus?
4. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
While Christmas and the holiday season in general comes in and out of the film, Bridget’s full relationship with Mark Darcy stems from a meeting in a holiday party where they are both wearing atrocious Christmas jumpers their moms picked out to them, where they finally bond. Through being lonely (and drunk) about the holidays, she realizes she would like to change her lifestyle and be a much better version of herself. And because it’s based on her journal entries, the plot comes full circle back to another holiday season.
5. All of the Harry Potter films
My colleague Luke Kerr-Dineen does a better job of producing this argument than I ever could:
It’s during Christmas that Harry’s feelings of isolation become most evident. It’s when his bond with his buddies reinforces the most, and if it’s Harry receiving the invisibility cloak, Ron returning to Hermione, or even the three buddies learning how to brew Polyjuice Potion, it’s Christmas when the plot progresses the most. The leading cast may never break out into Christmas song (although others do), but Christmas is the centerpoint for everything. Its importance is stitched to the fabric of everything Harry Potter is. Take that away and it would all fall apart.
6. Gremlins (1984)
The whole plot centers around a Christmas gift gone wrong, producing chaos everywhere.
7. Batman Returns (1992)
A lot of scenes in this film are put to a Christmasy backdrop — such as multiple assault minutes — and when it’s not particular to the setting, the motif is where, such as with penguins carrying candy cane-looking rockets, weaponized Christmas trees and giant, exploding presents.
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