With winter knocking on our door, and the cold making it difficult to go to work the next day, all we can look forward to are the weekends. Along with that, the floodgates of Christmas movies have officially opened, and the homepage of the streamer looks like all things red and green. Jingle bells are indeed jingling all the way. But before the season’s fever leaps over you, make yourself some hot cocoa, and dive into these cosy and comforting films.
When someone mentions comforting and heartwarming, a swarm of movies that made us feel that way while growing up comes back to us in a flash. A few like The Notebook, Spirited Away, Eat Pray Love, The Intern, and The Holiday amongst many others.
However, there has been a drastic improvement in the way feelings and emotions are portrayed in the cinema. The focus has shifted from exaggeration to minimalism. Being real on screen makes the audience relate a lot more to the protagonists. Therefore, this also calls us to refresh my go-to heart-warmers list now.
So without further ado, let’s dive into your newest list of weekend watches that will help you momentarily forget about the cold winds and empty winter nights. Best of Netflix made sure to come up with the best suggestions to keep you warm on cold winter nights.
Five movies to keep you warm on cold nights
5. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (2022)
Based on a 19th-century classic novel by Charles Dickens called A Christmas Carol. With a tale as old as times, Scrooge is not the first musical made about the story. There have been made readaptations of the original classic, and viewers have been blessed with an animated remake of the 1970 musical Scrooge. However, the charm that comes with animation is a whole different ball game. Voiced by our favourite actors Luke Evans, Jessie Buckley, and Olivia Colman from The Crown.
The story follows the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Evans), who can’t allow himself or any others experience joy in life. His work revolves around lending money to the poor and taking everything from them once they can’t pay up their debts.
Scrooge’s nephew, Harry, is a very big Christmas lover and keeps trying to connect with him. The old miser gets a visit from his old partner’s ghost to warn him about the ghosts that are going to be visiting him to make him change his wicked and stone-cold heart. With the trippy animation and great visuals, this is the perfect way to march into the Christmas season.
4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
This period drama is set in the year 1946. The story revolves around a writer who is based in London. Things begin getting more complex when they start exchanging letters with people residing in Guernsey. Guernsey was occupied by Germany during World War II.
Lily James (Juliet Ashton) felt compelled to visit the island. Eventually, she gets a vivid picture of what it was really like to live there during the occupation. Lily decides to write a book to dedicate it to the people of the island and their experiences during the war.
Watch The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix.
3. The Half of It (2020)
Revolving around the story of a student helping another to help them get the girl of their dreams. Socially shy, brilliant student helps the school jock get the girl of his dreams. However, truth is that even she desires the secret crush.
A wholesome film about love and one way around it. Straight-A student Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) agrees to write a love letter for the jock while she continued to fall in love with her. A more genuine take on love stories that are complex and don’t necessarily see the end of the light. On contrary to the classic happy ending that almost rarely exists in reality.
2. Rescued by Ruby (2022)
The newest dog film that has pleased yards of animal lovers and warms up the coldest of hearts. The story revolves around a state trooper who aspired to become a part of the K9 unit. Soon after, he pairs up with a fellow underdog called Ruby, who is naughty and clever at the same time.
Embark on this beautiful journey where the two bond with each other and connections that change lives are formed. The most beautiful part of the story is that it is a true one. Starring Flash hero Grant Gustin as the lead Daniel O. The trailer in itself will make you feel all the love in the world.
1. Mixtape (2021)
Last but not least comes the Mixtape. An American comedy film directed by Valeria Weiss based on a screenplay written by Stacy Menear. Our favourite Modern Family mom Julie Bowen is back to woo us with her outstanding performance in her newest movie Mixtape. A touching story following the life of a young twelve-year-old Beverly (Gemma Brooke Allen) who finds a broken mixtape left by her late parents.
This pushes her to embark on a journey that she sets out on to find out more about her parents and the songs they left in there. On the way, she learns more than she ever knew about her parents. Heartwarming and soul-touching are two adjectives that fit the plot and the performance at once.