Looking for something to watch on Netflix during the Christmas holidays? We have what you need.
If the festive TV schedule doesn’t do a thing for you, we’ve rounded up some recommendations of some of the best movies on Netflix right now.
Whether you’re looking for a light move for the family or an overlooked art-house gem from 2021, we hope there will be something here to suit your particular taste and mood …
The iron giant
How about a family movie classic to start with? The iron giant – based on the book Iron man by Ted Hughes – was a commercial flop when it was released in 1999, but the story of a boy who discovers a friendly giant alien robot has become one of the most beloved and respected American animated films of recent years. decades. Director Brad Bird went on to make other classics like Ratatouille and The Incredibles, but for many, his glorious debut feature still hits the hardest.
It’s hard to keep up with the seemingly endless onslaught of superhero movies – but it’s definitely one of the good ones. Shazam might not be a household name like Batman or Spider-Man, but the movie is definitely one of the best comic book movies of recent years. He’s about a 14-year-old boy who has the power (by an ancient wizard, naturally) to transform into an adult superhero. The film skillfully captured the tone and energy of many classic ’80s family films, and the extended foster family at the center of the story is a welcome change from the usual protagonists of superhero films.
A sequel isn’t due until June 2023, but given that this movie is set over Christmas, it’s a great time to check it out.
If you’re looking for a party watch that’s a little different, Netflix recently added Tokyo Sponsors – a lovely Japanese animated film from 2003. Directed by the late great anime director Satoshi Kon, the film follows three homeless people in Tokyo who discover an abandoned newborn baby on Christmas Eve. The film has a darker side than most American animated films and therefore might be more suitable for teens and adults. However, there is a heartwarming and surprising movie here for those who want to try their luck in a quite different Christmas movie.
Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed adaptation Little woman hit theaters over the Christmas break in 2019, and it’s just been added to Netflix’s catalog. It’s a great opportunity to revisit the movie – or even watch it for the first time if you haven’t already. It’s a film bursting with charm and energy, bringing iconic stories and characters to life. He has brilliant performances from Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson and her star Eliza Scanlen.
The power of the dog
Netflix tends to hold onto its big Oscar favorites until the end of the year, and this time around, it’s hoping that the long-awaited new Jane Campion film will go the distance when awards season rolls around. But that shouldn’t be seen as just Oscar bait – it’s quite more rewarding and unusual work. Set in rural 1920s Montana, but shot in a beautifully desolate part of New Zealand, Dog power is the slow-burning story of a woman named Rose (Kirsten Dunst) tormented by the cruel brother of her new husband, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch). This film takes a long time to reveal what’s going on in the minds of all of its characters. But the payoffs are well worth it. The cast is universally excellent, including a stunning Kodi Smit-McPhee as Rose’s effeminate and goofy son Peter – a teenage boy who forms an extremely unlikely bond with his mother’s tormentor.
Quo Vadis, Aïda?
The Christmas holidays are also a great opportunity to catch up with some of this year’s critical favorites or overlooked gems. Bosnian war movie Quo Vadis, Aïda? is such a movie worthy of anyone. Set in 1995 near the town of Srebrenica (site of a horrific massacre of thousands of Bosnian men and boys), Jasna Đuričić plays Aida – a teacher recruited as a translator in a then UN “safe zone”. that the Serbian troops approach. She desperately tries to secure passage out of the area for her husband and sons, but becomes more and more desperate as she continues to face obstacles. It’s not an easy watch, but it’s a powerful and devastating tale of one of the most appalling atrocities of the ’90s. Raw and intense, this is one of the very best movies of 2021.