Though it’s hard to recreate the magic of a holiday book on film, there are a few noteworthy mentions that have either nailed it or come close. Below, you’ll find a few holiday films that do justice to the work they were based on:
Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies
When most people see the 2004 film Christmas with the Kranks, they don’t immediately connect it to the book Skipping Christmas by the famous thriller author John Grisham. The comedic book by Grisham tells the story of the events following Luther and Nora Kranks discovery that their only daughter won’t be coming home for Christmas, deciding to boycott the holiday and go on a cruise instead. The couple’s neighborhood is up in arms about their decision and tensions reach a boiling point when the couple finds out last minute that their daughter has changed her mind about returning home.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
The famous 1843 novella by Charles Dickens has been reinterpreted more times than anyone can comprehend. From radio to film to television, it seems that every medium has its own interpretations of the tale. Some personal favorites of mine include 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol, 1988’s Scrooged starring Bill Murray, and the 2009 CGI blockbuster, A Christmas Carol.
What each different adaptation gets right is the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from grumpy, greedy, selfish old man to an enlightened individual aware of what troubles he has caused. The clear message of redemption for past wrongs is perhaps what made this story live on for over 160 years.
Spencer Blohm is a freelance entertainment, lifestyle, and pop culture blogger for www.directstartv.com/. He must admit his bias that How the Grinch Stole Christmas is probably his favorite Christmas film of all time and inspired him to write this article. He lives and works in Chicago, which can easily be confused with the North Pole this time of year.