Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Christmas Story (1983)

"You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"

- A Christmas Story

It's that time of the year again, Christmas - one of my favorite times of the year. And, in celebration I want to share with you one of my all time favorite Christmas movies - "A Christmas Story."

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Ever since I was a little kid, I've always enjoyed this movie. In fact, I watch it every year during Christmas. I guess, it's kind of an annual movie tradition!

Every year when I watch this film, it really brings back the "kid" in me. In a way, I feel this movie is geared towards reminding people of what it's like growing up as a kid during the Christmas season.

With each scene, it really reminds me of the Christmas traditions I went through every year growing up. In the movie, we see the family outing to choose a Christmas tree, the annual Christmas parade, and of course - the anticipated wait and visit to see Santa Claus.

Santa Claus Scene

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Now, the main theme of the movie centers around the age old question - "What do you want for Christmas?" And, we see this theme consistently portrayed throughout the whole film.

For each of the main characters, what they want for Christmas is different. For Ralphie (played by Peter Billingsley), what he wants for Christmas is what most kids want for Christmas - that special toy we've all had our eyes on.

Here's that special toy for Ralphie:

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To me, this movie is really about hope and our anticipation for that special day we all call "Christmas." There are times when things don't go exactly as planned. And, we just have to learn how to cope.

As in this scene here, the family ended up having Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant:

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Though Christmas did not exactly turn out the way it was planned, it's these experiences that make for the most memorable moments. Though, in the end it just goes to show - sometimes your wishes do come true. And, that is the magic of Christmas.

If you're in the mood for a Christmas type movie this holiday season, I highly recommend this film.

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(Note: For those who are fans of the movie, check out this special reunion video with the cast from the movie).

Happy Holidays!

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More Holiday Reviews:

If you enjoyed my review of my favorite Christmas holiday movie, check out my fellow Filmgirl Force friends' reviews of their favorite holiday films!

Action Flick Chick: Ernest Saves Christmas
Just Chick Flicks: It's A Wonderful Life


Admin said...

Great movie. Easily my favorite holiday flick. The 24 straight hours of A Christmas Story is something I look forward to every year.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

I`ve genuinely never been able to understand why this movie has been praised so much since its release, as far as i`m concerned its a laughably bad pile of garbage.

Film Gurl said...

(Admin) I think it's great they still play it 24 hours straight, something to look forward to every year!

(jervaise) Honestly, I think it's really a movie catered to get people a bit nostalgic about the holidays, it really brings back memories to some.