I finally finished National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!
The last weekend, I watched a part of this before falling asleep halfway through. Its been happening a lot. Work stress tends to do that. I made time for it last night and wrapped it up. This is my first time seeing this so I’m not exactly sure what to expect. I have been avoiding it because it really doesn’t look like my sort of movie. Like I’m sure I’ll appreciate it but I won’t be in love with it or anything.
Lets see if its what I expected!
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, Randy Quaid, Doris Roberts, John Randolph
This year, Clark Griswald and his family are hosting the Christmas celebrations for the rest of the family. Clark has everything planned for the holidays except as the family arrives, things start going off track. With his mind set on the annual bonus, he tries to keep his spirits high and bring the Christmas spirit to his family.
I’m not exactly sure how to review this one. What to talk about?
For one, maybe because I watched it in two sittings, I’m wasn’t exactly impressed with anything. It was exactly what I would expect. Wait, that makes me sound like I didn’t like it. Its more like I was entertained for the most part but also slightly indifferent. Maybe its just not my type of humor? It was a little silly and witty. John Hughes did write the script and I’m a huge fan. There’s quirky humor that I really like. It was pretty fun. I guess its kind of crazy to watch how a family can be dysfunctional to that extent. There is A LOT of foreshadowing so by the end, you you guess what disaster is going to happen next and still the reactions are funny.
Christmas movies really don’t get any more Christmas-y than this one. There’s the whole chopping down the tree to the impressively lit house, eggnog, family dinner, waiting for Santa Claus, Christmas shopping and the likes. That is pretty great. We’ve exactly had a really out of control Christmas so I’m not exactly sure this happens but I mean, we do watch movies to break out of our normalcy. Even if I could see what was going to happen in that scene, there is still an irresistible laugh out loud moments.
I’m guessing now is a good time to end this because its really going nowhere.
Point is: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a very festive Christmas movie and it has some laugh out loud moments. I’m not incredibly impressed by it nor will it go on my absolutely favorite must-watch Christmas movie but it has its own charm and I do have to admit that at various parts between the weird and quirky moments, I did buy into that charm.
Do you like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? What are your thoughts?