Golden Oldie: White Christmas (1954)

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With Christmas just around the corner, what better classic to review than White Christmas. This film has everything a Christmas film should have. It has a heart-warming message; it has romance, heartbreak and blossoming friendships and a selection of brilliant musical numbers.

White Christmas is about two friends who met in the army, and now that World War II is over they carried on their much-loved double act and rose to fame.

After answering a favour from an old friend in the army, they go to see a sister double act, who they would both begin to fall for. They all go to Vermont together, to a lodge in which the girls were due to perform, to then discover that the landlord of the lodge was none other than the men’s Commanding General from when they fought in the war.

The film shows that giving just a little bit back to those who gave you everything in a time that mattered; and even helping strangers when needed is important, it shows what the true meaning of Christmas spirit really is and delivers the festive feeling.

The film’s soundtrack is flawless. There are up beat numbers, and of course Bing Crosby singing a rendition of Irving Berlin’s hit White Christmas. And the cast, well it just screams classic. You have Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen all together in one feature film.

With so many Christmas films being released since and continuing to be produced today, I feel that people can overlook older films, and only focus on the newer releases, but even after 63 years from initial release, this would be a hard film to forget, it is an absolute classic, but don’t just take my word for it, grab yourself a hot chocolate, some popcorn and a box of tissues and put your feet up and enjoy the seasonal magic that White Christmas has to offer, you will not regret it.

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