I love a festive film, it really warms the cockles and heralds the start of Christmas for this family, be it on the big screen or curled up on the sofa, the fire blazing, a hot chocolate in hand… This year, I can’t wait to share classic Christmas films with my 4, nearly 5 year old son Oliver too (Home Alone, White Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol and more) as well as new releases all the family can enjoy!
My list here is focused on new releases, films out in the cinema this month, December 2014. We were lucky enough to attend two world premieres recently-Paddington and Get Santa so I’ve shared some photos from the events too!
The much-anticipated live action feature film to Michael Bond’s classic children’s books has arrived on the big screen.
One of the greatest kids films we’ve ever seen, you will fall head over heels in love with CGI created Paddington as you follow his journey to find a family to love him, and later, protect him from evil museum taxidermist Millicent who’s determined to ‘stuff him’!
With a heroic British ensemble cast (Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and more), the exclusion being the brilliantly evil antagonist Nicole Kidman, this will move you to tears and make your jaw hurt from incessant laughter! I would recommend 4+ for this film as a few scenes might scare younger children.
2. Get Santa
A heartwarming, fun British Christmas film, Jim Broadbent really IS Father Christmas-and one who hilariously finds himself in jail and in need of father-son duo Steve and Tom to free him and save Christmas in the process!
The premiere for this film was an absolute joy with a star-studded pre-film Christmas party, reindeers to marvel at, and activities for the kids, with a chance to meet the cast.
We were actually sat next to Jim Broadbent himself (it was a privilege to witness him mouthing the words to a scene in which he sings, along with lots of his lines, such a passionate performer)!
…Soon to be huge star, Rafe Spall plays doting reformed criminal Dad, Steve (proving to be great eye-candy for the Mums too) along with adorable newcomer Kit Connor who gives an authentic performance as his son, who never doubts Father Christmas. A lower budget alternative to Paddington, with scenes set in Leeds (which excited us hugely), this is a funny, ‘Kitchen Sink style’ Christmas movie, grittier than most films out now, making it an original, distinctive alternative that will still make you feel festive!
3. Frozen Sing Along
This is still on repeat in this house (not sure when the love for it will ever die, I think it might be ‘frozen’ in time (sorry)-yes it’s an incredible film but I think I’ve personally seen it one, make that one hundred, too many times!
However this clever marketing ploy re-releasing it as a sing along is enticing so I’d recommend heading to a theatre near you and singing your heart out with the kid! Watch (again) as Anna sets off to find her powerful, desolate sister Elsa and together, they free the kingdom of Arandelle from its eternal winter . It will make you want to build a snowman (probably)…Altogether now…
4. Penguins of Madagascar
Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private are back in Penguins of Madagascar-spin offs from the Madagascar series, they now get their own movie and prove stars in their own right! This laugh out loud, magnificently animated film follows the foursome as they join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world-yay!
5. Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey?
St Bernadette’s pupils and their madcap teacher Mr Poppy (Marc Wootten) are back again,and this time with new teacher, the loveable memory-lapsed Mr Shepherd (Martin Cloones)! Mr Shepherd can’t remember much, he’s lost Archie the donkey and needs the kids help to find and reunite him with fiancée Sophie (Catherine Tate) in New York to boot! Wow! Get ready for the Nativity’s craziest Christmas adventure yet!
Any of these on your festive-film watch list? Would love to read your thoughts in the comments!