Top 3 Films of Christmas 2014
Ok, Joes. We’re an honest bunch round here. So in the interest of full disclosure – we had every intention of providing you will 5 films to look out for over the coming Christmas period. Unfortunately, the big dogs of the film industry didn’t want to play ball and only provided us with 3 real options. But have no fear – there’s still action and laughs on offer plus it means we can get a three kings joke in somewhere.
Without further ado, here are our Top 3 films of Christmas 2014. Our gold frankincense and myrrh, if you will…
3) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – released 19th December
Yes, the top 3 could be as bad as this, but bare with us! The film follows the journey of Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) to good old Blighty to save the magical powers of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah – an ancient relic that keeps the museum alive at night.
If you’re anything like us, Christmas is a family affair and choosing what to watch on the TV or at the cinema can be a real chore when you’re trying to suit all ages. This is why we’ve thrown in Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb. It ticks the younger audiences boxes with plenty of slapstick and walking dinosaur skeletons as well as providing more than enough cameos to keep the adults chuckling along. Plus there’s a monkey urinating on Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson to unite us all. Ben Kingsley and Ricky Gervais star and it’s also one of the final films to feature the late and truly great Robin Williams.
2) Dumb and Dumber To – released 19th December
Dumb and Dumber To provides us with the return of Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) as they set out on an quest to find Harry’s long lost now-adult daughter. That’s as far as any of us will need to know plot-wise to be interested. It’s not only Carrey and Daniels who return for the sequel to the 1994 masterpiece – the dog car is back along with the Farrelly brothers writing and directing.
If the trailer is anything to go by, this should be a Christmas cracker – the type where all the toys are metallic and the hats aren’t tissue paper and fluorescent pink but sturdy paper gold. Nothing says ‘class’ quite like touching up an elderly lady as the trailer promises us. This will be in stark contrast to The Hobbit and will undoubtedly provide us all with ample Christmas cheer. The only worry is living up to the hype.
1) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – released 12th December
There really could be no other at number one could there?
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will carry on from where The Desolation of Smaug ended – with Smaug the dragon (CGI-aided Benedict Cumberbatch) flying off to demolish the Lake-town. This is all in the name of ‘revenge’ for the town-folk aiding Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the dwarfs in their successful attempt to reclaim Erebor – the mountain metropolis where the sinister dragon resided. Now for the fallout.
The plot-line reads as follows: ‘Having reclaimed Erebor and a vast treasure from the dragon Smaug, Thorin Oakenshield sacrifices friendship and honor in his search for the Arkenstone, despite Smaug’s fiery wrath and Bilbo’s desperate attempts to make him see reason. Meanwhile, Sauron sends forth legions of Orcs in a sneak attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As the ultimate fate of Middle Earth hangs in the balance, the races of Men, Elves and Dwarves must decide whether to unite or die.’
While they didn’t pack the same emotional punch and sense of peril quite like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, we loved the previous two Hobbits. Particularly the action sequences in The Desolation of Smaug. There’ll still be plenty of laughs provided by the dwarf crew and nobody does battles quite like Peter Jackson. We’re expecting big things and we’re desperately hoping for something akin to the battle Helm’s Deep.
After the previous two years, will Christmas ever be the same without a Hobbit movie to look forward to?
There we have it, our top 3 films of Christmas 2014. And you know what? 2015 should be even better!