Christmas is a wonderful time to step into the so-called “Christmas spirit,” which consists of forgiveness, love, friendship, faith, perseverance, and new life-better chances. So as usual, we can still watch a bunch of movies with Santa Claus, snow and everything. But to what extent do they reflect the “Christmas spirit”. Thinking about it, I selected five unexpected films that portray Christmas values. Check out!
Mean Girls (Netflix)
Full of memorable moments, Mean Girls has a captive chair in the pop movie room. The feature film tells the story of a teenage girl (Lindsay Lohan), who goes to school after more than a decade of home schooling. Living out her college days, she tries to befriend everyone, but soon discovers that there are bands that don’t get along. Infiltrated into the popular group, she begins to spy on their behavior to make fun of the excluded. The problem is that she gets more and more involved in her own lie that begins to become the one she has sworn to destroy. In the end, after accidents, betrayals and yet another truckload of satires on the American teenager’s lifestyle, the lesson remains that family presence is very important for the development of young people and that labels should not define who are you. In addition to emphasizing the importance of unity, friendship and the fact that it is never too late to redeem yourself. Ah, there is also the classic choreography of the Jingle Bell Rocks. Great movie to see and laugh at Christmas.
I wanna be awesome (Apple TV)
Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors of all time, always bringing a lot of truth to his characters and it’s no different. In Quero Ser Grande, a boy goes to the amusement park, but is prevented from riding the roller coaster because he is not tall enough for it. Then he finds a wish-granting automaton and asks to be an adult. The next day, he wakes up at the age of 30 (Tom Hanks). Now an adult, he needs to understand how to behave and how to be seen as one. The problem is, he’s got a kid’s mind, so he does childish things like looking for a job in a toy store, missing his parents all the time, and playing with every situation. However, what might be a problem ends up being successful as he makes friends and brings joy to the people around him. It’s a fun movie that brings that childish look, that innocence that the beauty of Christmas usually awakens in people.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Telecine)
Set in the 1930s, this masterpiece by Martin Scorsese is an exquisite homage to cinema and children’s dreams. Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) is a boy who works as a watchmaker at the Paris train station, a place where he hides after the death of his father and the disappearance of his alcoholic uncle. He steals to eat and play, while trying to finish off an automaton which he says contains a secret message from his father. However, he ends up being caught stealing coins and having his property confiscated. He follows the man to his home, where he learns he has a niece named Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz). With his new friend, Hugo will try to get his things back to finish his father’s machine and discover that life is more than hiding and being attached to the past. It is a fantastic adventure about self-discovery, the importance of friendship, innocence and hope. Shooting!
Until The Last Man (Amazon Prime Video)
Winner of the Oscars for Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing, Even the Last Man is one of those cases where everything comes together to work. Directed by Mel Gibson, who was in Hollywood, and starring Andrew Garfield, who came from the failed Spider-Man franchise by Marc Webb, the film managed to extract the best of both to tell a story so surreal it will make you doubt. which was based on an actual event. In the plot, Garfield is Desmond Doss, a Christian doctor who has a way of life in his faith. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Army to help save lives. However, he refuses to touch a weapon and kill enemies. This provokes a revolt among the soldiers, who begin to humiliate him and subject him to situations of physical and psychological violence so that he gives in to the pressure. I’m going to stop here so as not to give away any spoilers, but here is the tip of this video on Faith, Persistence, and Ideals. I know it’s controversial to have a war movie on a Christmas movie list, but it’s impossible not to see the holiday values reflected in the protagonist.
Forrest Gump: The Storyteller (Amazon Prime Video)
Take another look at Tom Hanks. Winner of the 1995 Oscar for Best Picture, Forrest Gump tells the story of a boy with mental and spinal problems who grows up to be a joke at school, except for his friend Jenny. As the boy grows older, he exceeds all expectations, conquering incredible feats always with great innocence, focus and dedication. With this, he plays in American historical events, such as the Vietnam War, the Olympics and even the Watergate affair. Forrest learns the value of friendship, loyalty, perseverance, love and shows that never give up on Jenny (Robin Wright), even when Jenny herself had already given up. Besides being a fantastic movie, it fits Christmas perfectly.
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