By and large, Christmas movies are laughable, unwatchable rubbish (Love, Actually – I’m looking at you) but there is one exception: Miracle On 34th Street.
Unlike other Christmas movies that are simply set in the festive period, this one is actually about Christmas without being cynical, over-the-top or a vehicle for the main star to be ‘hilarious’ (Elf, I’m looking at you).
Miracle On 34th Street is a giant bear hug of a Christmas movie that you can, and should, watch over and over again.
It’s poignant without being preachy, sweet without being schmaltzy and it should go down in history as the best Christmas film of all time.
It shows a kick-ass single mum
The depiction of a hardworking single mum is way ahead of its time.
Dorey Walker is a total champ: she has raised her daughter Susan to be street-wise but polite; she balances home life with a successful career and holds off a relationship with hunky next-door neighbour Bryan to put daughter Susan first.
Considering the original was made in 1947, it’s pretty progressive stuff.
There is no movie in history that has not benefitted from the presence of Richard Attenborough.
Here he plays Kris Kringle and twinkles off the screen.
There’s a hot male lead
Step forward, Dylan McDermott.
And you wonder why your mum was so happy to let you watch it on a loop.
The scene with the deaf girl