12.20.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 20: Snow Snow Snow!


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: White Christmas
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: This movie has a little bit of everything. A little bit musical, a little bit holiday fun and a little bit rom-com. It's charming and funny. ....and filled with likable characters (minus the obvious plot mechanisms thrown in to keep couples apart which at times was tedious, and other moments delightful...) I couldn't conclude which I liked better between this and Holiday Inn....but I'll say that the renditions of the song White Christmas were a bit more special in Holiday Inn. But really, any time you have Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" it's a win, and plus there are plenty of other fun songs in the film too.
EMILY RATING: 8/10
UP NEXT: The Nightmare Before Christmas



4 comments:

Johanna said...

The costumes win out in this one for sure. Wish I had lived through the 50's. But the plot in the other one wins out for me. I know a lot of people can't handle how dated Holiday Inn is, especially the black face. Well, you can't erase history and; if you keep it in context, it's easier to pass up. Besides which, in today's world just fast forward!

Love Fred Astaire as the bad guy who doesn't get the girl has pretty good comic timing. They seem like they are having fun making the movie.

Most of the dance numbers in White Christmas are forgettable, but then I'm not a dance fiend. However, the musical numbers "Sisters" with Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby is great. And, the "Counting Your Blessings" song is beautiful.

Side notes: Fred Astaire was originally going to play the part Danny Kaye took, but he was in retirement.

The man who played the general, Dean Jagger, played Brigham Young in the movie of the same name. He later in life converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and left all of his papers, etc. to BYU. Jimmy Stewart did, too, as he was impressed with the church after playing in "Mr. Krueger's Christmas."

Sarah said...

You know, I am ashamed to say that I haven't seen this one all the way through. I should make some time for it this weekend since I noticed it on Netflix!

Great facts to share, Mom!

Howard said...

This is a movie that I have to watch with my wife, in secret, to escape the ridicule of my children. They just don't get the fun of watching old movies where the acting was stilted, the sets were, well, sets, and where the characters danced and sang. And besides, it's old (anything made before 1990).

But this is a classic, and still enjoyable.

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Snow is the worst. This propaganda of the great white evil has confused people and made them expect snow on Christmas.