Christmas time and movies are natural sofa fellows. It doesn’t get much better over the festive season than curling up on the couch in front of a blazing fire, a hot cup of something in hand and a classic, overly-sentimental movie on. So here are five to watch and five to avoid this Holiday (spoiler alert – avoid) season.
The Snowman (1982)
If Christmas was a soundtrack, it would be Andy Burrows’ score from Raymond Briggs’ adapted picture book, The Snowman. There can be no debate about that.
The magical escapism of flying through a snowy sky at night to meet Santa, his reindeer and all the other merry-making snowmen around: it’s the very stuff that boys’ dreams are made of at Christmas. And for all the make-believe wonderment, the hard-hitting dénouement of the animated classic is a painfully beautiful metaphor of the reality we all have to confront as we get just a bit too old to unquestionably believe in the Christmas legends.