White Christmas (1954) A Review


DIRECTOR:  Michael Curtiz

STARRING:  Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

SCREENPLAY:  Norman Krasna (written for the screen by), Norman Panama

GENRE:  Comedy, Musical

RUNTIME:  120 Minutes

★★★ 3.5 Stars

White Christmas is the perfect example of Golden Hollywood. Everything about it is just perfect. There’s singing, there’s dancing, fabulous costumes and Comedy-a-plenty.  Plot is a little thin on the ground, as they usually are with these older films, but it is still a hoot to watch during the festive season.

A famous entertainment double act team up to save a Vermont inn run by their old Army general.  At the same time they find themselves getting romantically involved with a pair of sisters.

Movies from the golden age of Hollywood have a magic formula that just works.  And White Christmas does it better than most.  It has some of the most recognisable musical numbers of the time and some truly memorable costumes and set pieces.  The story is a little predictable of course, they always are, but there is so much charm and whimsy that it can be forgiven if it is completely transparent.

Younger viewers I would imagine wouldn’t really get a lot from this film.  The sets are the old painted kind and the backdrops are so noticeably fake that it is at times a little funny, but there really is a lot to love here If you can see it. There are bigger and flashier Christmas movies that’s for sure, but there are few that have the amount of heart that this one has.  So if you are bored with all the cookie cutter movies Netflix has to offer, then do give this one a go.  It will warm you right down to your toes.

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