Staff’s top four best and worst Christmas movies

Emily BurkeVanguard Reporter

The best Christmas movie has to be “A Christmas Story.” It’s been my favorite since I was young, and oddly enough, it’s my dad’s least favorite.

I almost chose Jim Carrey’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” but I have the leg lamp tattooed on me, so I couldn’t betray my ink. “A Christmas Story” is iconic.

First of all, the leg lamp. “It’s frag-i-le… it must be Italian!” But this movie was also a staple of my childhood.

Did I get my tongue froze to a pole because I was influenced by the movie? Of course. And I bet we all know someone who has.

Have we all experienced getting a present we didn’t want and tried to hide the disappointment? Duh. Have we all spent Christmas in a Chinese restaurant because the neighbor dogs ate the turkey?

Okay maybe not, but it’s still a memorable scene from the movie. I could go on and on about why this movie deserves to be the on the list, but I will end it with this: I feel like “A Christmas Story” is severely underrated in our age group and I want to give it the recognition it deserves.

Rebekah WilliamsVanguard Reporter

The Christmas movie “Polar Express” does not have the elements of a good Christmas movie. In fact, I find it to be the worst Christmas movie there is.

The movie’s animation is not cute (in some ways it is rather creepy), and the characters are very dry and not funny at all. The movie’s plot is dull and lacking which makes the movie not heartfelt.

There are so many reasons I can’t stand this movie; one is that the boy in this story we assume will hear the bell will ring forever since he saw Santa and met him. But the concept of “blind belief” is not fully proven because the boy saw Santa. None of the other characters reinforce the concept of “blind belief” either.

The thing that bothers me the most about this Christmas movie is that most people think it is the best Christmas movie of all time, when there are countless others that succeed this one.

It lacks in so many ways, the plot is weak, the characterizations are bland, and the movie does not present itself as a funny, cute Christmas movie for kids or adults.

Brooke ElwardPhoto and Design Editor

I was on a mission this holiday season to find the worst possible Christmas movie ever.

I am a crazy Christmas lady and love every little thing about Christmas, except I have one little issue: Hallmark Christmas movies.

Every movie poster has a girl in red, a guy in green, and a glowing background with words like Christmas, movie, baby, prince, princess, love, merry, wish, angel, charming and ghost.

With one whole company in the gutter for me, I had to find a bad Christmas movie that was not from Hallmark.

This led me to “A Christmas Movie Christmas.”

When I heard that this movie was filmed in our very own Riverplace Shops in Frankenmuth, Michigan, I was so excited. How could you not love a movie filmed next to Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas store?

I will be the first to tell you that I was wrong.

This movie is about two sisters waking up inside of a Christmas movie after they make a wish with a Santa on Christmas Eve.

The plot line is not so original, as the movies “A Very Charming Christmas Town,” “Wrapped Up in Christmas,” and “Just Another Christmas” all have the same idea.

Somehow “A Christmas Movie Christmas” was the worst of them all.

The actors over-acted the script. The props looked fake.

The set was shaking and unstable in every shot. And the movie was overall slow- moving.

However, I do recommend this movie if you can call a friend over, down a bottle of wine, and laugh at how terrible it is, all while you eat your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Vincent FordVanguard Photographer

“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” is a classic animated 2000s movie that was inspired by the song with the same name by Elmo and Patsy- something you might often hear on the radio around the holiday times.

Though the song may not be to my taste, I can definitely say the movie, on the other hand, is something that should be held as a tried-and-true movie.

It is sure to be on everyone’s holiday watch list.

It’s also personally one of my favorite Christmas movies.

Once a staple of ABC Family’s (now Freeform’s) 25 Days of Christmas, it definitely is one movie that you grow up with a fondness for.

After Jake Spankenheimer’s family gets together on Christmas Eve, they find out the next morning that their grandmother has been the victim of an interesting hit and run– by Santa, of course.

This ends up causing her to lose her memory.

Due to this, his evil cousin Mel tries to take over the family store, causing a rift within their family.

Though the animation seems to be all over the place, re-watching this as I’m older and better able to comprehend it, “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” is a continually loved classic, by those who have grown up watching it.

Though there are many people who stand on the other side of the line, this movie tells a great story about celebrating the bond of family, and how capitalistic greed is the root of all evil.

Sure to be great for all of the family, it is definitely high on my holiday movie watch list.

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