We’re all familiar with Christmas films like, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Elf,” “Home Alone” among many others. One film in particular is a funny, and heartwarming tale about a young boy who wants a BB Gun as a Christmas present he desires the most. What I’m talking about, is The Basic Premise from “A Christmas Story.”
A Christmas Story was released in 1983. At the time of it’s release, the film received mixed reviews from critics, (this is not a joke) and it was a box office success. As the years go by, A Christmas Story gained critical acclaim from viewers, as it went on to become a cult classic. As a result of popular demand, TBS/TNT bought the broadcasting rights to the film in The Mid-90’s by airing it as a 24 Hour marathon every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which is considered a holiday tradition. The film spawned merchandise ranging from clothes, toys, replicas of notable props including Ralphie’s BB Gun, ornaments, silverware, etc.
A sequel to the film called, A Christmas Story 2, was released in 2012 on DVD. Unlike it’s predecessor, The second entry was critically panned by several critics, including Doug Walker/Nostalgia Critic, who hated this movie.
Recently, a television musical remake based on the film of the same name, aired on Fox. Unfortunately, it received mixed to negative reviews from critics. This was a failed attempt to capitalize on the success of the original movie’s legacy, similar to other televised musicals including, Peter Pan, with Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, Grease Live, and The Sound Of Music Live.
This article doesn’t contain any SPOILERS. You’re okay to read this review. If you’ve never ever ever seen it. Does A Christmas Story still holds up? Well, let’s find out shall we?
Nice & Naughty Elements
Nice: Peter Bilinglsey, Darren McGavin, (Billy Madison’s dad) and the rest of The Cast, did a great job on their respective performances.
Jean Shepherd, narrates the film as an adult version of Ralphie.
You’ll be surprised that the movie is based on a 1966 book called, “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash,” published by Jean Shepherd himself.
The movie is filled with very memorable moments from start to finish. Both funny and heartwarming at the same time.
The Plot is told in a series of vignettes, shown in Ralphie’s point of view. I wasn’t disinterested in all of them, each one kept me entertained without lookin’ at my phone.
Producers/Writers of the film, recreated The 1940’s as accurate as possible, which fits the nostalgic tone.
Cinematography felt appropriate using extreme close-ups in one scene from Ralphie’s Perspective Of View. (POV for short in filmmaking slang)
Arc Words are, “You’ll shoot you’re eye out kid.”
My favorite part of the whole movie, is when Ralphie’s dad, receives his first gift, which made me laugh uncontrollably. If you know what I’m talking about.
I think Ralphie’s dad, has got to be my favorite character in the movie. Despite his grouchy behavior, he has redeemable qualities as a husband and father.
Naughty: I couldn’t find anything wrong with this movie. I’ll have to give this picture an Extra Point, for The Cast & Crew for making this movie as flawless as possible.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
In my opinion, A Christmas Story is arguably one of the best Christmas related movies of all time. The film remains as a timeless classic to both old, and future generations of viewers alike. I strongly recommend this picture for you, and your entire family, as a sign of spending quality time together during The Holiday Season, if you don’t have anything else to do besides Christmas gifts.