Christmas Movies 2011 – Guide13.11.11 # Christmas Movies # 7 Comments
Let’s have a look at the movies on wide release over Christmas 2011. Bizarrely, Hollywood didn’t put out a single Christmas themed movie last year, but they’re making up for it this year, sort of.
Here are the biggest and best movies of Christmas 2011.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Danneel Harris, Neil Patrick Harris, Danny Trejo, Patton Oswalt
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold’s father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree. To fix the problem, they embark on a mission through New York to find the perfect replacement, stumbling into trouble at every turn. Kal Penn quit showbiz a couple of years ago to take up a post as Obama’s associate director of public engagement. Well, now he’s back. Neil Patrick Harris returns as Neil Patrick Harris. Both Harold & Kumar movies have got great moments/sequences but neither have been consistently funny. Here the same writers are still on board but the director is new to movies. Critics say this is just about the best of the series, with a slightly sweeter and more surrealistic tone, even if the laughs remain a bit hit and miss.
– Friday 18th November –
Happy Feet Two
Starring: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink, Alecia Moore, Elizabeth Daily
Director: George Miller
Master tap-dancing penguin Mumble (Wood) has a problem – his son is reluctant to dance and has another role model, a charismatic puffin who can fly. Add to that a devastating outside threat that Mumble will only be able to fight by bringing the creatures of Antarctica together. The director of the original returns, hopefully this will be more cohesive than the first. Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman are gone, but Brad Pitt and Matt Damon have roles as tiny krill. Brittany Murphy voiced Mumble’s love interest Gloria in the original, but sadly passed away in 2009. Pink now has the role, and will contribute a song. The movie will be preceded by a Looney Tunes short called Daffy’s Rhapsody.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
Director: Bill Condon
Bella and Edward get married and hop off to Brazil for their honeymoon, where they finally sleep together. Bella soon discovers she’s pregnant with their half-vampire child, something which threatens her life and provokes the wrath of both the wolf pack and the vampire elite. You’re either madly on board with this series or not. This is easily the trickiest book to adapt given the number of far-out ideas it contains. Part 2 is released a year later. The gaps between the movies are too long now, if they’re not careful the fad will fade.
Starring: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy
Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook
Santa (Jim Broadbent) has an ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole in order to deliver billions of presents in one night, and this year he’s giving his son, Arthur (James McAvoy), a special mission that must be completed before Christmas morning. The movie’s title used to be Operation: Rudolph, so that might be some clue. From UK animators Aardman, whose last cgi feature was Flushed Away. Lead voice actor McAvoy isn’t too interesting or funny on the mic, but hopefully this will have the imagination of Aardman’s claymation features Chicken Run and Wallace And Gromit.
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law
Director: Martin Scorsese
Fantasy-adventure based on Brian Selznick’s part-novel part-comic about an orphan boy in the 1930’s living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station where he maintains the clocks, and thieves to survive. When Hugo encounters a broken automaton, an eccentric girl (Kick-Ass’s Chloë Moretz), and the reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. Sacha Baron Cohen plays the station inspector. This is director Martin Scorsese’s first 3D film, and if anyone can bring some art to the form it’s him.