Holiday season is the best time of year. From listening to Christmas music and making cookies, to listening to loved ones and watching classic movies, it’s full of laughter. And while there is much stress and frustration, a few movies capture this juxtaposition more perfectly than National Lampoon Christmas Vacation. The most brilliant movies are the original author John Hughes ’89.
The film captures the bittersweet nature of the holidays. The Griswolds resuscitate to buy their Christmas tree as a family trip. They’re not well equipped. Audrey (Juliette Lewis) freezes until she gets hungry. Without the proper tools, Clark (Chevy Chase) is forced to tuck a huge tree out of the car, so he can attach it to the car. It seems that every scene, the themes of peaks and valleys are tied into the story.
While the holidays with friends are delightful, the Griswolds experience the opposite world. Ellen (The best of all DAngelos) is shortly after the in-laws settle in. I haven’t heard anything that’s all about Christmas, says Ellen. In a variety of ways, the in-laws drive Clark and his family crazy, especially when Cousin Eddie arrives, and threatens to derail Clark’s ambitious Christmas celebration.
The family drama, just as the comedy that lands whenever you are and where you’re going, is truly an appeal to Christmas Vacation. The overarching battle of holiday season is to see Clark deal with the in-laws annoying behavior and continue to be a host of the same kind of people. As far as it may be, watching the films release sounds as exciting as hearing how a man, jokingly wonders whether he can drive Eddie out of nowhere and leave him for dead. People fail to find happiness, especially during the stress of a holiday season. And while the kings struggle with every time, their families drive them to their destination.
Because Christmas Vacation doesn’t just focus on all the tension, it works with a lot of laugh-out-loud humor. Christmas dinner can often be a headache during the holidays, but when it is done, everyone is in the same place and leave no space for escape. Of course, one of the best parts of this movie comes when Clark delivers his unforgettable rant after his boss buys his Christmas bonus out. He can see in the background of the tale, but he also says that they are at hell. Then after a pep talk with his father, who reminds him that his actions affect the family, Clark sees the mistake of his way and shifts towards making his way, motivated to do what he can for the celebration.
Usually, the film’s twist is a bit harsh as a car accident, causing the telecommunications and transportation network to storm. As long as he admires his family what he calls the Christmas Star, Clark realizes what the holiday is like. As for a cause of all the anger and borderline misfortune, like Ellen said, Clark had gotten the happy ending, with a kiss from his wife, the only he would ever hope for. His triumphant movies: I did that, ties everything together. Clark was pushing to the brink of practical madness, but he managed to persevere. If Clark is able to complete that and meet the other side, there must be hope for all of us.
Ignore Christmas Vacation, as is a famous concert by Chase. The most profound story behind films is that it depicts the way holidays come as a result of the fullness of stress. Most people will not have to worry about the squander of a SWAT team having crashed their holiday dinner, but many can surely relate to Clarks, who, with her annoying in-laws, lost sight of Christmas. These difficulties are validating, as far as his ability to overcome them is inspiring.