Festive Cheer in Box...

>> Monday, 22 November 2010

It's not at all difficult...





To get that festive feeling...





When you look outside your window...




And see this:
















Which is why I don't feel at all premature in reviewing a new dvd that's just been released: 'Nativity!'.

Living as I do in an expat environment where it's not the done thing to refer to Christmas - 'Happy Holidays!' is the greeting we're supposed to use - can I just say how nice it was to sit down and watch a movie which is unashamedly British in it's approach to this? Based on the competition between two schools to produce the best Nativity performance and gain a 5 star rating from the local rag's critic, it has all the required elements for festive viewing.

There were children dressed as angels, Wise Men dressed as Elvis (which took me back to a certain Christmas performance Boy #1 gave a couple of years back), animals behaving badly, a batty headmistress, a kooky class assistant and - of course - a curmudgeonly school teacher (played by Martin Freeman, complete with the requisite cardigan) who starts out Scrooge-like in his approach to Christmas and ends up feeling the spirit of the season on a grand scale.

This is a great 'run-up to Christmas' Saturday afternoon movie, although perhaps not for young children if you're at all concerned by the prospect of a primary school field trip to the local maternity ward. And I think the hilariously bad-taste decision by Jason Watkin's competitive private school drama school teacher's decision to shock his way to a 5 star rating by producing a show called 'Herod', might go somewhat over youngster's heads...

Overall though, I really enjoyed the movie, and without running too much of a chance of spoiling the plot, I think I can share that there is a happy ending and that you would have to be pretty Scrooge-like yourself not to enjoy the Christmas shenanigens even slightly...



















Note: I wasn't paid for this post but I did receive a free copy of the dvd...

6 comments:

Expat mum 22 November 2010 at 15:20  

Ooooh, thanks for that. Sounds like something not to miss although I haven't seen hide nor hair of it over here. I heart Martin Freeman though.

nappy valley girl 22 November 2010 at 15:26  

I haven't heard of that either but, like Expat Mum, I love Martin Freeman and anything he is in is normally brilliant. I'll have to find out when it gets released in the US. Enjoy the snow....

rosiescribble 22 November 2010 at 18:42  

Lovely shot! We saw that film at the cinema last year and absolutely loved it. I am actually going to order it now. I'd completely forgotten about it.

Domestic Goddesque 22 November 2010 at 20:47  

I shall put it on my list ;-)

Potty Mummy 23 November 2010 at 13:35  

EPM, me too. Did you like him in Sherlock?

NVG, see question above, and do you have any snow yet?

RS, glad you like the photo, and so glad someone backs me up that this is a good movie...

DG, thankyou!

nappy valley girl 23 November 2010 at 17:03  

Yes, they showed Sherlock here on PBS and I loved it. And no, we don't have any snow yet - it's 17 degrees outside (although that's supposed to plummet by the weekend) - weird country!

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