A binge-watching list of Christmas Specials is all that some of us could require during the festive season; and what else could possibly reflect better this holiday then if not the all-time classics?
Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik, the third National Lampoon movie entitled Christmas Vacation is a hysterical comedy involving the Griswold family as it is preparing to celebrate the special time of the year, Christmas. The exquisitely-interpreted character of Clark (Chevy Chase), husband and father of two, dealing with repeated failures, late salary payment and frustrating family circumstances slowly pushes him on the verge of implosion.
The carefully selected cast is comical, neat and expressive, revealing a one-of-a-kind story about ‘your Everyman’ Clark, fighting for the pride of his family.
‘We’re kicking off our fun the old fashioned family Christmas way by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols.’
Whether it was decorating his house with 25,000 twinkle lights or attempting to encounter the great and perfect ‘Griswold family Christmas tree’, arranging a pool in the backyard (mindlessly heading for the down-payment when he hasn’t received the bonus from his boss, Frank Shirley), Clark literally does everything he could possibly think of to make it the best holiday ever.
Things get fiery when the in-laws and parents arrive, bringing more tension to distressed Clark who seems to experience the events of the Book of Revelation as his cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) steps in a surprising cheer.
Clark: ‘Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?’
Eddie: ‘Naw, I’m doing just fine, Clark.’
Quaid makes a stupendous performance with his half-witted, yet big-hearted character, arriving at the Griswolds with his equally dull son, Rocky, charming daughter Ruby Sue and importunate wife, Catherine (Miriam Flynn).
The cherry on top is when matters worsen with the participation of a mad Rottweiler, a wild squirrel, a half-deaf aunt Bethany and avid smoker, uncle Lewis with a receding hairline who nearly burned down the house!