A Christmas Story Reviews
Good Lord, I love this movie. It seems like a funny, charming, and quirky little film, and it is, but it's also rather dark, twisted, and mean spirited. Somehow it all manages to work out though, and it somehow finds a balance.
The absurdity of the situations,and Jean Shepherd's excellent writing and narration are some definite highlights. His way of describing stuff and telling a good story is unmatched. The child actors are good, which is surprising since most are usually annoying and ridiculous. The adults are also pretty good, especially Darren McGavin, who just hams it up without overdoing it.
This is a strange Christmas film, but it's hard not to like. I think we've all had that one gift we always wanted, and hoped like Hell we'd get it. Along the way, this film also has some good lessons about life, childhood, growing up, and the ridiculousness both of life in general, and the holiday season.
I never get tired of watching this, and hope I never do.
"Peace. Harmony. Comfort and Joy... Maybe Next Year."
Sure, I like A Christmas Story, but I still think it is extremely overrated. The fact that it is played for 24 straight hours, every single Christmas is pretty annoying. Yet I still watch it every single year. The film is not bad, just overrated. I find the narration rather annoying. I find the kid playing Ralphie rather annoying, but the movie as a whole is pretty funny. The kid with his tongue stuck to the pole yelling "Come back, don't leave me, come back," the mall Santa kicking Ralphie down the slide, the Chinese singers(Rarararaara) and Randy. The movie is humorous and obviously a classic.
An adult Ralphie tells the story of the Christmas where all he wanted was a BB gun. His mother didn't want him to have it because he would end up shooting his eye out. The whole film is a him telling the story through an annoying narration. I would like the movie so much more if the narration was non existent.
Still, A Christmas Story is one of those Christmas classics you have to see. I can't imagine how anyone hasn't seen it yet because it never stops playing each and every Christmas. If you haven't though, give it a look next Christmas and decide for yourself if it is the amazing film everyone thinks it is. I know I don't.
It is fairly decent but it is not that good ive seen it on countless christmas film lists and its always at number 1 half the time im not saying that the movie was bad i thought it was pretty good but its nowhere near that good and like national lampoons christmas vacation i think its way too overrated
* Randy eats his meatloaf
* Flick sees some grizzly bears near Pulaski's candy store
* The Bumpus hounds score some turkey
* Someone puts their tongue on the flagpole
* Scut Farkus gets what's coming to him
Ralphie acquires his official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.