Sunday, December 25, 2011

Day 249 - A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story (1983) directed by Bob Clark

Over the years I must have seen A Christmas Story half a dozen times in full but in bits and pieces and out of sequence during the 24 hour marathon on TNT or TBS. It is one of those rare films that you can just pick up in the middle and not miss a single beat, partly because you've already seen it a billion times, but also because the movie is more about capturing childhood memories than telling an actual story. Everybody remembers that one bully that terrorized everyone, the dorky love that mothers have for their children, the father who thinks he can do it all, what would happen if you were caught swearing, and that one present that you really really wanted, even if it would poke your eye out. Not only does A Christmas Story have undeniable charm and is outrageously funny, but it also remembers what it is like to be a kid. No, this movie isn't a shining example of cinema, you don't watch this for the cinematography or powerful performances, but it is perfect in its own ways. You watch it for the memories, for tradition, as part of a ritual, which is what the holidays are all about.

Merry Christmas!

Grade: A

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