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The insidious Grinch, the kind Nutcracker and Santa Clauses for every taste: BeautyHack has collected the best family films, imbued with the spirit of the New Year and Christmas.
Polar Express, 6+
Director Robert Zemeckis knows how to create the right mood for the audience: we watched Back to the Future and dreamed of time travel, empathized with Forrest Gump when his beloved Jenny dumped him, and of course waited for the real Polar Express to come for us. I came for a boy who doesn't believe in Santa Claus!
A magic locomotive appears out of nowhere and takes him to magical Lapland - to meet Santa himself. But the path is not easy: adventures, mysterious forests and swinging bridges over the abyss await the heroes on the way. But don't worry - the New Year's balance is created by fabulous music, a lot of snow and children's laughter. Show growing kids who are beginning to suspect that Santa Claus is not bringing them gifts under the tree.
A Christmas story, 12+
Another festive Zemeckis masterpiece, only on the screen is no longer cartoon Tom Hanks, but Jim Carrey in the 3D version of Ebenezer Scrooge. This is the twentieth film adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens - and the most successful.
And the story itself is as old as the world: the curmudgeon who hates the holidays, Scrooge meets three ghosts that make him reconsider his attitude to human happiness in one night.
Lively, exciting and definitely instructive - the New Year mood will not keep itself waiting long, although the “picture” is rather gloomy. Against the backdrop of foggy streets, rain-wet cobblestones and gray buildings of Victorian London, your city will seem like a fairy tale!
New Christmas tale, 12+
And if you want to present Dickens's story in our reality, check out the satirical version of the story "A Christmas Carol". Here it is no longer Scrooge, but telemogue Frank Cross, and instead of ghosts - a strange type with a skull instead of a face, a lively fairy and a taxi driver from hell.
Thanks to Bill Murray for the familiar atmosphere of New Year's films from childhood - he managed to get used to the role of a mean and make it kind and funny. If you are tired of the good old "Home Alone" and "Santa Claus", be sure to watch, grabbing some hot drink (useful options are here).
Evenings on a farm near Dikanka, 0+
Santa Clauses and reindeer in sleds are good, of course, but nothing captures the spirit of Russian winter holidays more than Gogol's story "The Night Before Christmas". The 1961 film adaptation takes you to a snow-covered village, where snow crunches under felt boots, the moon illuminates tiny houses, and the panochka stitches shine brighter than Manolo Blahnik from the latest collection.
What do you want after watching? Go out of town with the whole family, light a fireplace in a wooden house and drink cocoa under the crackling of firewood, wrapped in a cozy blanket cocoon. The pleasant feeling that you introduced children to the Soviet classics will be a bonus.
Nightmare Before Christmas 12+
Jack Skellington, who knew no other holidays except Halloween, lived in the black, dark realm of fears and nightmares. One day he accidentally finds himself in the city of Christmas and learns that apart from monsters and mysterious shadows, there are elegant Christmas trees, perky deer, goodness and fun. Jack kidnaps Santa and takes his place - find out for yourself what came of this.
The animated film will definitely be appreciated by fans of Tim Burton's work. The director is sure - even on the eve of the New Year holidays, you can chant "this is Halloween!" and with bated breath, watch as Christmas takes on a veneer of gloom.
Santa Claus Secret Service 6+
You have the opportunity to get to know Santa's family - it turns out that his eldest son Steve dreams of one day taking his place, and the youngest, Arthur, is content with working in the post office and seeks to help a little girl who was left without a gift by mistake. Do not think that the cartoon is replete with childish jokes and banal denouements - adults will appreciate the irony of the events and recognize themselves in fairy-tale characters.
In general, the picture shows the "downside" of the holidays: children are waiting for miracles and gifts under the tree, but in fact, behind this is the hard work of thousands of elves and Santa himself. And the moral is simple: even the most magical work sometimes tires you, and everyone needs rest - even grandfather in red with a snow-white beard.
The Nutcracker and the Four Kingdoms 6+
The whole film is like a beautiful music box from childhood, in which a dancing ballerina is about to come to life. However, the box is not just an association, but one of the reasons for the journey of the main character Klara to the magical world. There is the Sugar Fairy, and the strange and warlike Mother Ginger, and the evil Mouse King, and other fairy-tale characters.
But this is not the classic "Nutcracker", the plot of which is familiar from childhood, but a modern interpretation in the best traditions of Disney films (you can find interesting facts about Disney princesses here). Beautiful, fabulous and with a good portion of Tchaikovsky's musical themes.
The Grinch Stole Christmas, 0+
Green, hairy, angry - but so dear and familiar from childhood! He hates Christmas, dislikes children and takes offense at those who make fun of his strange appearance. One little girl undertook to change the attitude of the green hermit to the holidays - will it work?
This is not an ideal New Year's film, in which it is fun and cheerful, but still a kind and instructive story, useful for both adults and children. Gingerbread houses, elven ears and the Grinch's insidious smile are something that will be remembered in childhood and forever. And again thanks to Jim Carrey for the role of the green sinister: his facial expressions, as always, cause only delight!
Home alone, 12+
The story of how eight-year-old Kevin McCallister was accidentally left at home can be considered an American "Irony of Fate." It is impossible to imagine any New Year without watching this comedy - this is already a tradition. It premiered a whopping twenty-eight years ago, but Home Alone is still the highest-grossing holiday movie ever.
It makes no sense to retell the plot in detail - a little boy deals with robbers who decided to ruin his Christmas. It is noteworthy that the older the audience of the film becomes, the more they feel sorry for the bandits themselves - remember the red-hot doorknob and the paint cans flying down the stairs! But seriously, this is a great family movie, which, fortunately, has an equally successful second part.
Santa Claus, 6+
A Christmas comedy starring Tim Allen will make you feel like a child who believes in miracles. Seriously, after watching, I just want to look out the window at night and see - what if the cherished reindeer team appears in the sky?
The main character one day accidentally becomes the culprit of Santa's own heart attack - in order to make amends, he has to work for him. The son of the hero really likes such an unexpected development on the career ladder - and together they save Christmas. The curtain.
Text: Anastasia Speranskaya
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