Best Netflix Christmas films 2017
Christmas is a time to curl up on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate, tangled in a mess of blankets, firmly ensconced in an extra 15 pounds of body fat. And deservedly so. What better way to unwind than with some stellar festive content from everyone’s favourite video streaming platform, Netflix?
We’ve included something for everyone, from classic British humour (courtesy of Steve Coogan) to wholesome kiddies’ content. Read on to discover our picks for the best Christmas films on Netflix.
Best Netflix Christmas films
A true Christmas staple – 2017 will go down in history as the year Netflix added Love Actually to its roster of Christmas films. A film that needs no introduction, Love Actually is eminently life-affirming, with its all-star cast and iconic scenes (All You Need Is Love in the church anyone? Hugh Grant taking down the American President?). A modern day classic.
Knowing Me, Knowing Yule
We recently included veritable national treasure Alan Partridge in our guide to the best comedies on Netflix. At 41 minutes long, Knowing Me, Knowing Yule is more of a Christmas special than a Christmas film, but it feels too notable an omission to discount Britain’s favourite anti-hero from this list. The aptly named festive edition of Knowing Me, Knowing You delivers more hapless fun for all the family.
If you’ve got kids, this is the perfect Christmas film to plonk them in front of. The humorous and heartwarming tale of Santa Claus’s clumsy son Arthur, who sets off to deliver one forgotten child’s present, is voiced by the likes of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent. Sit back and let the dulcet tones wash over you, as your kids unwind to a wholesome Christmas classic.
A classic riches-to-rags story, this Netflix Original romantic comedy is the perfect antidote to consumer capitalism run amok at Christmas time. Christmas Inheritance tells the tale of Ellen, ambitious heiress gone awry. Ellen must reform her party girl ways in the name of hard work, honesty and integrity, in this feelgood film which marries didacticism, festive joy and unashamedly gooey romance. Pass the selection box.
Deck the Halls
Okay, so it (deservedly) didn’t pick up any Oscars, nor did it win the critics’ hearts, one of whom dubbed it “a leaden slice of fruitcake, with about as much nutritional value”. But for all of the sexy Scandi noir on TV at Christmas, doesn’t everyone crave something brash, garish, and just a bit preposterous every once in awhile? Your kids will certainly be mesmerised by the slapstick comedy and frivolous plotline, in which Danny Devito attempts to illuminate his house with so many Christmas lights that it’s visible from space. Who wants the Coen Brothers at Christmas, anyway?