With a sequel to this 2009 Christmas film due soon I decided to take my daughter to a special screening at our local cinema, and I’m very glad I did.
Schoolteacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) hates Christmas. This is because his girlfriend (Ashley Jensen) left him on Christmas Day some years ago.
Much to his dismay Maddens is chosen to direct the annual school Nativity and soon finds himself running into an old rival and making promises he will struggle to keep.
Freeman (soon to be seen as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit) is great as the downtrodden teacher and all the kids involved are utterly charming. Marc Wootton also turns in a fine performance as the fun-loving classroom assistant Mr Poppy.
Can Maddens and Poppy beat their local rivals to a 5 star review and will the elusive Hollywood producer turn up to see the performance?
Nativity is a heart-warming and funny film that’s great fun at Christmastime.
Make it a must-see this festive season.
Ric’s Rating: Highly Recommended