Christmas isn’t just one day, it’s a week-long chill out where you’re alternatively stuffed. Often all three. The last thing you want to be doing in this functional coma is trying to think of a movie to watch. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of alternative movies for you to choose from this Christmas. All these titles are available on Netflix Ireland and while they might not be festive in nature, there is something for everyone, providing hours of smiles and chilled out viewing this Christmas.
About a Boy
Can you believe this gem is the guts of twenty years old? Crazy. Hugh Grant and a very young Nicholas Hoult star as the original odd couple, a middle-aged “trendy” layabout and a young, uncool misfit brought together by circumstance and Hugh Grant’s characters sleazy ways. It’s a heartwarming story sure to bring a tear to your presumably already bleary eye this Christmas. This is a funny and wholesome flick that can be enjoyed by everyone.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
There’s something weird about how we view time these days. We’ll happily plow through ten hours of the latest and greatest drama but asking to put on a movie longer than ninety minutes seems like torture. But at Christmas the one thing there’s a lot of, is time. This classic Western is three hours long but well worth the time. This movie is perfect if you’re trying to shut your dad up for a few hours or even for your gran to fall asleep in front of. And kids will just be blown away by the extraordinary violence… Is that Christmassy?
Oh, if you’re feeling really adventurous you could watch the other two in the trilogy, A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More which are both on Netflix.
Kung Fu Panda
This is the perfect movie for Christmas. You can watch it with friends, family, grandparents, even little kids. Little kids will eat anything. Jack Black voices Po, a gluttonous panda that we can all identify with around Christmas. He dreams of becoming one of the Furious Five and does all in his power to become one. This is a classic hero’s journey but with talking animals. When you’re toasted talking animals is all you want or need.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Again, not particularly Christmas related but there is a lot of snow throughout the movie and what says, “Christmas Movie” more than snow and adventure. Well that’s exactly what you get with this Wes Anderson jaunt from 2016. Watching this and you’re going to be laughing out loud at each one of the ironic references and glib comments from Ralph Fiennes. The cast alone is fantastic with subtle but brilliant performances from Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, and Adrien Brody to name a few. Get yourself toasted, toasty, and bring on the warm fuzzy feelings from this brilliant winter time movie.
The Haunting of Hill House
Look, this is clearly not a Christmas themed list. I’ve tricked you this far, but I just want you to watch great movies and shows. Which brings me to The Haunting of Hill House. If you were put off by everyone and their granny bringing this show up on Facebook a couple of months ago well now’s the time to turn your opinion around. After all, even Charles Dickens saw that the winter season was a time for ghosts and darkness. So, give yourself a nice solid day to watch this and don’t be afraid to make Christmas time a little spooky.