The Fourth Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 20

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According to his Wikipedia entry, Mike Newell is best known for directing Four Weddings and Funeral, Donnie Brasco and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. While I have watched and quite enjoyed all three of those movies, it’s fair to say that anyone watching Donnie Brasco on the basis of the other two might in for a bit of a shock.

Which isn’t to say it’s not a great movie, but there is a touch more violence in Donnie Brasco than I recall there being in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

It’s great alternative to Goodfellas if you haven’t quite got enough time to watch Goodfellas and a perfect vehicle for Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, who are both pretty much at the top of their game in this.

Score for Christmasishness

About a quarter of the movie is set during the Christmas period, including an two pivotal character-establishing scenes set on Christmas day itself. So, while Christmas is not central to the overall plot, the early part of the narrative does feel stronger for being set at Christmas. So it is quite a Christmas(ish) movie and well worthy of inclusion in anyone’s festive viewing schedule. But approach with caution of you’re a fan of Newell’s other projects.

  6 comments for “The Fourth Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 20

  1. December 20, 2020 at 4:13 am

    Okay James this is a stretch, but I did like the movie

    Spread Holiday Laughter

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    • December 20, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      Au contraire – this one ticks the Christmas box far more than a lot of the movies I include

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  2. December 20, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    The evaluation of the link to Christmas always cracks me up. Great post. Oh yes – I have a recording set for “This is Spinal Tap”. I’ll finally see it.

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    • December 20, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Watch it twice. It’s weirdly better the second time.

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  3. December 20, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    What an eclectic mix of films for one person to direct! Merry Christmas to you!

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    • December 24, 2020 at 4:49 am

      It is indeed a quirky body of work. Merry Christmas to you too!

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