The battle of best Christmas movies rages without fail every yuletide season, and I’m often baffled as to why some films are regarded as Christmas classics (with only the most tenuous of links), while others that are clearly set at Christmastime are never mentioned.
First Blood is one such oversight. I might say it is because running around killing people doesn’t seem very Christmassy. But the popularity of Die Hard as a festive favourite (as well it should be) would disprove that theory.
Of course for many people, the number one heartwarming Christmas flick is It’s a Wonderful Life. Which is, obviously, an amazing film that always gets me properly teared up (‘no no, I’m not crying, I just got half a mince pie stuck in my eye’). However… most of it doesn’t even take place at Christmas. It is about a guy who is so unhappy he wants to die, thinks his life has been entirely meaningless, and that the people he loves would be better off if he’d never even existed. This is grim stuff people!