JT Film Review

49 – A Christmas Story (1983)

A Christmas Story REVIEW

5/5 stars

Director – Bob Clark

Cast – Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley, Ian Petrella, Scott Schwartz

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A Christmas StoryI’d always heard of A Christmas Story. My fiance grew up with movie, as did many others, and has been nagging me to watch it for ages. I gave in today, and I couldn’t be gladder that I did. This movie is touching and frikin hilarious; but most of all its so true! I think most people watching this movie will see some close to home moments here (played as humour of course). The voiceover by actor Darren McGiver (playing the older main character) is calming and reassuring, and again, hilarious. He portrays perfectly the sense of weight and importance which every kid sees his world.

The cast is all around great; Peter Billingsley as the lead, (Ralph Parker) is exceptionally good. Ralph is a young boy whose only wish for Christmas is a BB gun. He tries hinting every way he can think of to get his wish across to his parents. Will he get the gift of his dreams? Gee, I don’t know. You’ll just have to watch this absolute gem of a movie to find out.

The themes touched on in this movie are dead on, and as I said, will bring back memories of childhood to most viewers. We see bullying in the character of uber bully Scut Farkus; there is a great scene where Ralph beats up the bully and then fears punishment from his father; and another classic scene where Ralph meets Santa; and a scene where Ralph discovers the true meaning of Chritmas: Advertising Dollars. It is billed as  a “family movie” to be sure (because, I suspect, it is about a family and they didn’t know how else to market it), but this is truly a movie to be seen as an adult, looking back on your younger days. A Christmas Story is set around 1940, yes, but it is about everybody’s Christmas. The years may change, but some things don’t. This movie is timeless.

Though  for a movie billed as a family film, there sure is alot of swearing…

OVERALL

This movie is a timeless classic. Its crazy energy, touching humour, and nostalga make it irresistable. There is alot of swearing in it, so I personally wouldn’t let anyone too young watch it. But otherwise, this is a movie not to be missed.

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“A Christmas Story” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia

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September 27, 2009 - Posted by | 5 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Comedy, Year - 1980-1989 | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I downloaded this based on your recommendation. Remember when I said I gave films 20 minutes to work their magic or I started skipping through? I gave this one 12 and just erased it. The voiceover? Hokey. How about just letting the characters and action tell the story…
    The film? (or the twelve minutes I saw) Unfunny. A cinematic Norman Rockwell painting, and that is not a compliment.
    On another topic, how come The Last Crusade is the final Indiana Jones movie? Is there some controversy I’m not aware of? I just downloaded it as I’ve never seen it. The first one was good, the second one unwatchable (racist) and the new one a decent popcorn movie. Was the refrigerator bit too much?

    Comment by brent mosher | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  2. Haha I can’t see this as a Brent movie, true.

    I just made a crack about The Last Crusade being the last Indy movie because of the nerd backlash against the 4th one, which I didn’t like either. And damn right I didn’t like the fridge scene.

    I don’t know if the second one was racist though. How so?

    Comment by jamesturpin | February 10, 2011 | Reply


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