Are ‘Elf’ and ‘Love Actually’ the last Christmas classics we’ll see? | ET REALITY


Of course, it takes time for a movie to become a classic, so it’s easy to definitively say that “Elf” and “Love Actually” deserve that designation. “Probably a decade later you think, ‘Wow, people still watch that movie at Christmas,’” Bevan said, realizing that “Love Actually” had become an all-time favorite.

And while there are certainly external factors that influence the popularity of both titles (including the fact that television programmers release them ad nauseum in the winter months), there has to be some unconscious collective decision that a film deserves to be seen. on time. and again. Partly it’s because these films were emblematic of a certain communal experience when audiences gathered to see them back in 2003. “The sad thing is, if we had made both films for streamers today, I would say we wouldn’t be having this conversation. 20 years from now,” Bevan said.

While he and Kormanicki insisted that their films could be shown in theaters now, “Elf” and “Love Actually,” with their mid-budget sensibilities, would likely feel like outliers in the current theatrical landscape. With a few exceptions, like 2019’s “Last Christmas,” based on Wham! song: There doesn’t seem to be much room for Christmas entertainment in movie theaters, unless it’s somehow profane or gory. Even Ferrell’s most recent attempt at Christmas fare, the 2022 Dickens-inspired musical “Spirited” with Ryan Reynolds, was made for Apple TV+, a streaming service.

Streaming was apparently supposed to make movies more accessible, but instead it makes them feel more disposable. And that’s not to say that streamers haven’t thrown some really compelling Christmas material into the trash piles, like Netflix’s visually inventive animated feature. “Klaus” (2019) or Hulu’s strange romantic comedy, “happiest season(2020), starring Kristen Stewart. Still, the holidays thrive on nostalgia, and it’s hard to feel nostalgic for the latest Vanessa Hudgens princess movie you watched while simultaneously scrolling through your Instagram feed.

If I’m honest, over the past 20 years I’ve had “Elf” and “Love Actually” playing in the background countless times while gaming or hanging out with my family, but that’s largely because I’ve known them both for almost a long time. . heart. My mother usually demands to watch “Love Actually” together at some point every year. And yet, the reason I’m so fond of it is because each subsequent viewing reminds me of a previous one, which in turn reminds me of when I first saw it in the basement of a multiplex in 2003.

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