The debate as to whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie has raged on for decades. The two sides, unwavering, seem destined to battle each other until the end of time or movies (whichever comes first). In the spirit of giving, I’m here to give you four more movies to argue about. Here are four movies you didn’t know were Christmas movies, but actually are. Feel free to light me up like the house at the end of the block in the comments.
1. Eyes Wide Shut
Stanley Kubrick’s final film is famous for a lot of reasons—whether it’s the animal masks or Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s marriage fracturing on and off the screen. What it’s lesser known for is holiday spirit. Still, almost every scene in Eyes Wide Shut is crammed full of Christmas imagery. The movie doesn’t have the happy ending you’ll get from the rest of your Christmas movie marathon, but the pervasive debauchery and vitriol can be a welcome palette cleanser for those feeling up-to-their-eyes in holiday cheer. The movie never quite gets around to divulging the true meaning of Christmas, but the pervasive debauchery and vitriol can be a welcome palette cleanser for those feeling up-to-their-eyes in holiday cheer.
This cult classic about ferocious little monsters turns out to have a surprising Christmas message. At the beginning of the movie, a father purchases the titular gremlin as a Christmas present for his son. This sets up a wacky horror comedy romp through 80’s suburbia that also doubles as a cautionary tale about consumerist culture. It’s a welcome reminder during the season of giving, when it can be easy to get caught up in buying the newest and flashiest gifts. The true meaning of Christmas, says Gremlins, a movie about killer Furbies, doesn’t lie in the gift, but in the act of giving. Also, there’s that weird bit halfway through the movie about a guy dying after he gets stuck in the chimney while dressed as Santa.
3. Lethal Weapon
Listen, if Die Hard can be a Christmas movie, so can Lethal Weapon. In fact, it may have even more ground to stand on. After all, the opening scene to the movie is set to “Jingle Bell Rock.” Sure, between all the violence, action, promiscuity and drugs it can be hard to remember you’re watching a Christmas movie. But keep an eye on the backgrounds and set pieces in this one and you’ll see its undeniably set in the holiday season. At the end of the movie, there’s even a wholesome moment of compassion and togetherness, as renegade cop Riggs gathers with his partner’s family beneath a Christmas tree. Yep, certified holiday classic.
4. Batman Returns
That’s right. Batman is a Christmas movie. Michael Keaton’s second turn as the caped crusader is set during Christmas time. All of a sudden Will Ferrell isn’t the only grown man prancing around in tights during the holiday season. Batman Returns is a bit bleaker than most Christmas movies, but it’s plenty of fun in its own way. They fight with Christmas decorations! And people say Tim Burton isn’t a visionary. Also, Danny DeVito’s turn as Penguin looks pretty reminiscent of Ebenezer Scrooge, don’t you think?
Happy Holidays from Bloom Legal!
At Bloom Legal we want to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons! Whether you’re piling up for a holiday movie marathon with the family, or heading out on the town to celebrate—the holidays are a time for compassion, reflection, and renewal. Remember to always celebrate responsibly. It’s the unfortunate reality that crime and accidents are often up during the holidays, so it is important to make sure you take care of yourself. Never drink and drive, and always ensure you are able to remain cognizant of your surroundings. We’re looking forward to a great 2019. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!