Every festive season, we are gifted with a wide range of holiday movies from top Hollywood studios. While this year is set to be a lot different than previous years as our move from cinemas to home entertainment was expedited by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no shortage of new content on streaming sites.
Let’s take a closer look at some of this year’s festive season celluloid folly. All of which are sure to be filled with plenty of belly-aching laughs and heart-warming moments for you to enjoy while you sip your healthy and hearty hot drinks or maybe even a cheeky eggnog.
The War with Grandpa
Starring the likes of Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Jane Seymour, The War with Grandpa is perfect for viewers who love a good, goofy family-friendly slapstick Christmas comedy. Of course, the story carries out over the Christmas holidays. It tells the story of a young boy who isn’t exactly thrilled by the idea of his grandpa taking over his room for a few days. Hilarious antics ensue and the strong cast gives the film a push in the right direction.
This film hasn’t done particularly well with critics, but it’s a great laugh that the whole family will love to watch.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
This movie has some serious star power behind it. Produced by EGOT winner John Legend, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is directed by David E. Talbert, who is best known for other holly-jolly comedies such as El Camino Christmas and Almost Christmas.
In this film, Talbert takes on his second Netflix project, which pushes him into the musical genre. The movie tells the tale of a toymaker (played by Forest Whitaker) who is really down and out and needs a miracle.
Jingle Jangle also stars Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Bonneville and Anika Noni Rose.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
Directed by Debbie Allen who plays Dr Catherine Fox on the long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square serves as a companion piece to the singer’s new festive album, Holly Dolly Christmas.
This is the perfect movie for anyone who loves the true American treasure that is Dolly Parton. Expect big hair, beautiful songs and an abundance of warm, fuzzy feelings.
This movie stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis in a modern-day Christmas romantic comedy about going home for the holidays, coming out and popping the question. CleaDuVall, best known for her work on Veep and The Handmaid’s Tale, wrote and directed Happiest Season. She said that being able to write and direct this movie was “a great opportunity to tell a universal story from a new perspective.”
Also starring Dan Levy, Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie, there will likely be plenty of laughs from beginning to end.
Critics are saying this is a good film to watch if you’re in the mood to cry your eyes out, if not, try the games we love to play instead! Blackbird stars Susan Sarandon as a woman who wants nothing more than one more festive season with her family before she loses her battle with ALS. Directed by Notting Hill’s Roger Michell, this film also promises a side of deadpan comedy with your tears.
Blackbird also features Kate Winslet, Rain Wilson and Mia Masikowska.