It’s the holiday season and we got a great new Christmas movie just in time.
“8-Bit Christmas” mashes up the best parts of classics like Princess Bride and A Christmas Story and delivers a heartwarming story that is big on laughs on nostalgia for adults who grew up in the 80s.
The film is directed by Michael Dowse, from a screenplay by Kevin Jakubowski based upon his novel of the same name. It stars Neil Patrick Harris, Winslow Fegley, June Diane Raphael, David Cross, and Steve Zahn.
Set in the late 1980s, a young boy named Jake Doyle plans to get an illusive Nintendo Entertainment System before everyone else. For video game enthusiasts this will have you smiling from ear to ear with its callbacks to classic games and ridiculous Nintendo Power Glove.
The story is told in flashback as an adult Jake tells a story to his daughter to about his obsession with getting a Nintendo that mirrors her obesession with getting a phone for Christmas.
The film is largely told through the over-exaggerated perspectives of the kids and might come off cartoonish at times but overall doesn’t detract from the story.
At the heart of the film the point isn’t about Jake having or not having a Nintendo. It’s about Jake learning the real meaning of Christmas and passing it down to his daughter. All the makings of a great family Christmas film.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends checking out 8-Bit Christmas streaming now on HBO Max.