Three Days of the Condor? A Christmas Movie? And what other unlikely films are filled with seasonal…er… cheer? December 26, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Well, I never thought of it as such. Er… not many Christmas films open with a bloodbath as a covert US Intelligence unit is wiped out at its safe house. But this Slate piece does have some logic to it.
Christmas remains in the background throughout, playing a supporting role, but it’s as important to the film’s overall impact as Tiny Tim is to A Christmas Carol. It makes itself known through three popular carols: “Good King Wenceslas” lingers behind Joe as he’s reporting the murder of his colleagues; “Joy to the World” plays in concert with the electronic soundtrack of hospital equipment; and carolers sing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” over the film’s final scene. The emotional tenor of each of those episodes shifts as Joe’s outlook changes—taking him from devastation to cynicism to determination—but taken together these carols transform the movie into something like a dirge, a lament not only for the specific circumstances of Joe Turner’s bereavement, but also for the loss that we will all someday come to know: the loss of everything. (Merry Christmas!)
I guess this functions in much the same way as On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (and the author mentions Die Hard too, in comments people talk about Lethal Weapon(!) ), mentioned here some years back, also has hints of a Christmas movie too.