Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! – 13th December

One of my personal favourite Christmas films. This year, I watched it in early November but will most likely be watching it again this holiday season. In my opinion, this is the best of the Nativity films. David Tennant as Donald Peterson, a supply teacher who stumbles across St Bernadette’s when Mrs Bevan is at the end of her tether. Her nephew, Mr Poppy has driven away the last few supply teachers and she needs someone to discipline them. Fortunately for Mr Peterson, the children are preoccupied with entering the Song for Christmas competition. After Mrs Bevan says no, they kidnap Mr Peterson and go on a wild road trip to the castle in Wales. After Mr Shakespeare, teacher at rival school, Oakmoor turns the sign around on his journey to the competition, St Bernadette’s get very lost.

Featuring magic donkeys; a boat that swims; snow globe sabotage; baby auditions; daring abseiling and white water rafting. This film is non-stop fun and laughter. Most the kids from the first film are back and now that they are a bit older, have more talent and better comedic timing. David Tennant also plays his twin brother Rodrick and if you didn’t know Tennant, you would think he had a twin in real life.

A great British film with fun for all the family that isn’t set during the big day. 5/5.

Nativity! – 3rd December

A delightful film about a group of primary school kids putting on the biggest and best nativity there ever was. Mr Maddens has lost his pep and sparkle since his girlfriend left Coventry to go to Hollywood and make it big. He decides to put on the best Nativity ever with the help of teaching assistant Mr Poppy, who is more big kid than teacher. In a fit of jealousy, Mr Maddens tells an old friend, Mr Shakespeare, that Hollywood are coming to see the Nativity and make it into a film. The word gets around and the pressure is on to have to the best show Coventry has seen and to find his girlfriend and get her to see the show.

The children are the best part of the film and come up with brilliant lines and actions. Martin Freeman stars as Mr Maddens along with Jason Watkins, Marc Wootton, Pam Ferris and Alan Carr. There are now three sequels to this film and I will be reviewing Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger on 13th December. 3.5/5.