Please welcome Diana with Offbeat Vagabond back to the 3rd awesome week of Christmas in July. She is an awesome woman who loves movies as much as I do…maybe even more, and she reviews books and movies over at her blog. She does an amazing job with her reviews, constantly convincing me to add more books to my TBR list. I’m happy that she’s been able to guest review this month once a week so keep your eyes peeled for her last review next Friday! If you want to check out her awesome site, and you REALLY should, click on her button to the left!
Now onto her review of this Christmas movie classic!
Director: Bob Clark
Writer: Jean Shepherd
Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin
IMDb (8/10 rating): “Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the ’40’s, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good ‘ol Santa Claus himself.”
When Deanna asked me to do some movie reviews for her for Christmas in July, I knew I would not have felt right if I didn’t get the chance to review this. The ultimate Christmas movie! My Christmas is not complete without watching the 24-hour marathon on TBS of this film. Seriously, the greatest Christmas movie ever!
A Christmas Story is about a boy named Ralphie who wants a BB gun. Not just any run of the mill BB gun, that won’t do. He wants an “Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle”. Problem is, his mom doesn’t want him to have one because he’ll shoot his eye out. But Ralphie goes and tries to find various ways to get the BB gun still against everyone’s wishes including his mother.
I grew up on this movie and up until this day, I still haven’t found a Christmas movie that satisfies me quite as well as this. I am surprised by the fact that this movie wasn’t well liked when it first came out. Critics didn’t like it and it only lasted a month or in theaters. Now, it is THE classic. Really makes me wonder why they didn’t see the beauty of this movie the first time around.
The characters are so incredible. Ralphie (Peter Billinsley) was soooo adorable. His determination for this gun will bring a smile to your face. His family was loads of fun. He had such a great mom even though she was a bit over the top. She went crazy over almost anything (like any mother). But I loved the entire family even though they were a bit strange. But they were very realistic.
The plot of this movie is incredibly simple, but no less great. I know all of us when we were kids were obsessed with that one thing we wanted for Christmas. We wanted it so bad, we went to Santa. (I never sat on Santa’s lap, was never a believer.) I loved how things progressed and their Christmas doesn’t pan out exactly as they hoped. One of my favorite scenes was when they had to eat at a Chinese restaurant for Christmas since the dogs ate the turkey. At the restaurant, they were given duck instead of turkey and the duck still had a face. The mom’s reaction when they just chopped it off in front of her was priceless. Everytime I watch the movie, I expect her to pass out. And don’t get me started on the restaurant staff singing “Deck the Halls”. That was just too funny.
My review won’t be enough for this movie. If you have never watched it, I don’t know what is taking you so long. This movie has stuck with me for two decades now and it will be there for even longer. I will be showing it to my kids. I know some don’t like it and well, I don’t see why. This movie represents everyone’s Christmas. No one’s life is perfect and around Christmastime, that couldn’t be truer. A Christmas Story is full of laughs, memorable scenes, and great characters. The perfect movie for everybody. Highly recommended.