I have pulled out all of my old Christmas movies and I am making my way through some of my favourites as the days to Christmas begin to countdown. I love an excuse to hit the couch for a couple of hours at this time of year, and a seasonal favourite can be just what the doctor ordered.
I wish that I had a top ten of Christmas movie favourites to recommend, but I don't think that 10 really excellent Christmas movies actually exist, I could only think of nine that warranted three or more chili peppers:
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (Kid Friendly)
- A Christmas Carol (Kid Friendly)
- It's a Wonderful Life (Fantasy)
- Love Actually (Romance)
- Gremlins (Fantasy)
- The Grinch (Kid Friendly)
- Go (Comedy)
- The Night Before (Comedy)
- Tangerine (Gritty)
Anyway, there are lots of great vacation movies that are equally good to watch over the silly season, and one that always gets me laughing is Mr Bean's Holiday. I say ditch a shitty Christmas movies in favour of this one, what a ripper Summer holiday tale that is!
Release Date: 2007
Running Time: 90 mins
Mr Bean never fails to make me laugh, Rowan Atkinson has a flair for visual comedy that has not been seen since the days of Harpo Marx. This is just so ridiculous and silly but brilliant all at once. Mr Bean's Holiday is more of the same Bean hilarity that we have come to know and love, and it had me laughing out loud and giggling with joy, it is very funny stuff.
When Mr Bean wins a trip to the South of France, he sets off for a cultural experience like no other. French food is a far cry from beans on toast, and poor Mr Bean's uncanny ability to draw disaster to himself is still as unfailing as ever. In this instalment we see him team up with a young French boy after he unwittingly separates him from his father on his way to Cannes. As Bean travels across France he has all manner of mishap and discovery, and even experiences the sweet sting of love.
The French countryside is divine and the villages are a visual delight, but the winner here is Rowan Atkinson who again goes all out to be the quirky and bumbling Bean that I adore.
FINAL SAY: Disaster has a passport!
3 Chilli Peppers