The festive season is upon us, and the stockings aren’t the only things getting stuffed this Christmas Eve! Netflix, our beloved digital gift-giver, throws open its virtual vault on December 24th, showering us with a bounty of new releases to keep us entertained while the mince pies cool. So, grab your pyjamas, snuggle down on the sofa, and prepare to feast your eyes on this cinematic smorgasbord.
The Main Course: Blockbusters and Bingeable Delights
Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire (Action / Sci-Fi): Zack Snyder, the cinematic visionary who brought us 300 and Justice League, unleashes his latest epic. In a dystopian future, humanity clings to survival on a ravaged moon. Enter Kora (Sofia Boutella), a skilled warrior tasked with retrieving a powerful weapon from a ruthless tyrant. Expect dazzling visual effects, pulse-pounding action, and a story that explores themes of hope and rebellion. This epic space opera arrives in two parts, with the conclusion arriving in 2024.
A Vampire in the Family (Comedy / Fantasy): Craving some light-hearted family fun? A Vampire in the Family delivers! When Teodoro, a washed-up ex-footballer, discovers his brother-in-law is a vampire with world domination plans, hilarious chaos ensues. This Brazilian comedy promises slapstick humour, endearing characters, and a heartwarming message about family bonds that transcend even the undead.
The Manny (Thriller): Brace yourself for a gripping psychological thriller. A grieving couple hires a charismatic young man, Manny, to care for their newborn child. But as Manny’s intentions become increasingly unclear, the couple finds themselves trapped in a web of deceit and danger. This suspenseful drama will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the Christmas Eve binge.
The Festive Treats: Holiday Cheer and Heartwarming Tales
Melancholia (Season 1 / Drama): Looking for a poignant, character-driven story? This Spanish period drama delves into the lives of four sisters in the aftermath of their father’s death. Set in the 1920s, the series explores themes of grief, love, and resilience against the backdrop of a changing Spain.
Pinkfong Sing-Along Movie: Catch the Gingerbread Man (Kids / Animation): The little pink dinosaur who’s become a global phenomenon returns in this festive adventure! Join Pinkfong and his friends in a musical chase after a mischievous gingerbread man, encountering Christmas classics and original tunes along the way. Perfect for keeping the little ones entertained on Christmas Eve!
Project Runway (Season 17 / Reality TV): For the fashionistas and aspiring designers, Project Runway is back! Fifteen talented hopefuls compete for the ultimate prize: a chance to launch their own fashion line. Tim Gunn returns as mentor, guiding and challenging the contestants as they navigate the cutthroat world of fashion. Who will take home the coveted title this season? Tune in to find out!
But Wait, There’s More!
Remember, these are just a taste of the Christmas Eve bounty! Netflix is also adding a selection of stand-up specials, documentaries, and international films to its library. So, dive into the streaming haven and discover hidden gems, revisit old favorites, and create your own personalized Christmas Eve celebration.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget the rewatch factor! With the holidays often filled with family gatherings and festive activities, consider using this opportunity to catch up on shows you’ve missed or revisit beloved classics. Whether it’s a nostalgic Christmas movie marathon or diving back into your favorite season of Stranger Things, Netflix has something for everyone.
So, this Christmas Eve, ditch the fruitcake and grab the remote. Netflix is serving up a delicious feast of entertainment, ensuring a night filled with laughter, thrills, and maybe even a few tears (the good kind, of course!). Happy Holidays and happy streaming!