24 movies Guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy

December 18th - Millions

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Year : 2004

Director: Danny Boyle

Starring: James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan, Alex Etel, Leslie Phillips, Alun Armstrong.

Millions

A little known film which is a great shame because this is a minor classic.

Millions is set during the run up to Christmas and centres around a seven year old boy Damian, his slightly older brother, Anthony, and their father, Ronnie. The boys mother has died previously and Damian has increasingly retreated into a fantasy land where he has visions of saints and religious figures who talk to him and guide him. One day when he is out playing by some railway tracks, a bag containing "millions" of pounds seemingly drops out of the sky. Damian takes the bag falling from the sky as a sign from god that he should use the money to help the poor people, but he must be quick as in a few days the pound will cease to be legal tender in favour of the euro. So Damian and his brother set out on a mission to get rid of it all - arguing between themselves as to whether they should spend it on themselves or use it to try and help others. Unfortunately the money didn't fall out of the sky, it was thrown from a train by a gang of crooks that were robbing the bullion carriage, and now they want the money back.

Millions is a superb film that unfortunately is something of a buried treasure and is not that widely known. With a film that deals with the innocence and simple moral judgments that children make it would be very easy to turn it into a schmaltzy and sickly sweet tale, thankfully that has been skillfully avoided here. The storyline is first class and brilliantly played by the two youngsters here. Also Danny Boyle is the master of imaginative and quirky storytelling, so we get a story that is practically a fable being presented in an ultra-modern and visually very impressive way. It is also a very genuine and emotionally touching tale. This is a practically unheard of film, but I would recommend it as a perfect Christmas film. Despite it modern take and hard edged realism (and surrealism) it's a film that would sit very comfortably with the likes of the true Christmas classic like Its A Wonderful Life and Miracle On 34th Street as it focuses on the innocence and philanthropy of the young boy whose actions touch those around him.

Its also funny, heartfelt, clever and is guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye. If there was one film on my list that I would urge to check out - it would be this one. Its is placed at December 18th on our Films guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy (UK edition)

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