“Oh, the silent majesty of a winter’s morn… the clean, cool chill of the holiday air… an asshole in his bathrobe, emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer…” – Clark Griswold
Only five days left! And already, how many times has John Hughes appeared on this list? Producer and Writer of ‘Home Alone 2′ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, he obviously had Christmas coming out of his ears as he also wrote and produced this particular feature, widely acknowledged to be a modern Christmas classic.
Along with the likes of Judge Reinhold and John Candy, Chevy Chase is just one of those faces that features highly in my movie memories of the late 80s and early 90s, I think mainly thanks to ‘¡The Three Amigos!‘ my wide-eyed amazement at the frankly ropey special effects in ‘Memoirs of an Invisible Man‘. However, it’s also awesome watching it now to see just how many faces I now recognise; Juliet Lewis of course, but also little Johnny Galecki, formerly of the Roseanne cast and now making nerdiness a bit more accessible in ‘The Big Bang Theory‘.
The film itself lives up to National Lampoon’s generally excellent track record with verbal and visual comedy – I ruddy LOVED the whole Christmas tree and lights thing at the start and Clark’s interactions with his obnoxious neighbours are just hilarious to a wee boy like myself who’s just discovered swearing – but what I love most is the fact that, at its heart, the film is about a man who is desperate to give his family a truly lovely Christmas, which is sweet. Despite the vomiting dogs and noxious gas explosions.
P.S. I thought it would be most pertinent to mention that, last night, I indulged in the festive ritual detailed in the 14th Dec. entry and went off to the GFT in Glasgow to see ‘It’s A Wonderful Life‘, and was lucky enough to witness a young film nerd proposing to his delighted girlfriend over the microphone in front of the whole of Cinema 1 before the start of the film. She said yes, to Hollywood-style cheers and applause from the rest of us, although I’m not sure he thought it through entirely, since the poor girl then had to sit still and in silence for the next two hours to watch the film.
However, congrats to them from 12 Films of Christmas!