A Christmas Story
There was nothing more exciting then waking up on Christmas morning as a child to see what Santa Claus brought for me. It may sound materialistic of me to talk about this, but a lot of kids were like this. There is always that one something that they wanted that year. Something that you couldn’t normally get with your own money. One of those memorable experiences happened when I was seven. What I wanted more then anything was a pogo stick. I wrote to Santa at least twice and asked my parents several times. It was not until the last gift that I opened was that black and green pogo stick. It doesn’t matter as much as now, but that was special to me because of the nice memory.
December is the most exciting month for every child. Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story is a recounter comedy all about a child’s pursuit for his number one gift. This movie is at the top of a lot of people’s Christmas movies. I think it’s because this is an experience that anyone can relate to. I can say the same for me. But does it rack up as high as a favorite of mine?
Set somewhere in Indiana in the early nineteen-forties, nine-year-old Ralphie Parker (played by Peter Bilingsley) wants only one thing for Christmas; a Red Ryder BB gun. He knows that there’s no way he can get it on his own, so he comes up with various schemes on how to find it under his tree on the upcoming Christmas morning.
The first is simply asking his parents for it. His father Mr. Parker (or as he calls him, “the old man”) is stern figure, who takes pride with everything he has. His mother is the typical housewife is always caring for her boys. Upon asking, his mother replies that he’ll shoot his eye out. His next task is writing an essay for class when he’s assigned to write a paper on what he wants for Christmas. Of course he thinks his paper’s gold but ends up getting a C+. He’s also told by his teacher he’ll shoot his eye out. His final effort comes from simply asking Santa at the local department store. After waiting in a seeming less long line, he finally meets the big man himself. When Ralphie asks for the same thing, even Santa replies, “You’ll shoot you’re eye out, kid”.
Now while a lot of people love this movie, I’ll come clean. I’m sorry, but A Christmas Story is overrated. While I found the situations very relatable, I can’t get past the fact that a lot of the characters, particular Ralphie to be very annoying. It’s not that he’s over materialistic, it’s just that I’ve never known this kind of kid. But is this a bad movie? No. What does make me watch this is the picture. This movie really recreates a Norman Rockwell style feel that admittedly creates a great feeling of nostalgia. I have yet to see a movie that has done the same.
I’ll give this three Red Ryder BB guns out of five. I understand why people keep coming back to A Christmas Story, but I’m just not that person. I don’t hate this movie, I just don’t think it’s as good as everyone says.