10 things to watch on Netflix this Boxing Day
After all the organised chaos of Christmas Day, Boxing Day can often be the chance for us to truly sit back, relax and stuff our faces with the entire contents of a selection box in front of the TV.
Of course, if the regular TV schedules don’t appeal, then you can always turn to Netflix for all your couch potato needs.
From family friendly classics to bingeable new shows, here’s a look at 10 titles that are perfect for such a festive occasion.
You may want to spend your Boxing Day wallowing in nostalgia. And where better to start than perhaps the most consistently entertaining Roald Dahl adaptation out there.
Directed by Danny DeVito, Matilda boasts a charming leading performance from Mara Wilson as the misunderstood titular character, but it’s Pam Ferris who steals the show with a fantastically OTT turn as the wicked Miss Trunchbull.
Wallace & Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
How about the big-screen outing for Aardman Animations’ most beloved characters, Wallace and Gromit?
The Oscar-winning Curse Of The Were-Rabbit sees the pair, working as pest controllers, rescue a rabbit-plagued village in a typically inventive and brilliantly crafted caper that should entertain all of the family.
If you haven’t got the energy to get out of your PJs and journey to your nearest multiplex to watch the new Jumanji, why not settle for the original at home instead?
Starring Robin Williams as a man trapped in a board game for 26 years, this much-loved kids fantasy is one of the late great comedian’s finest movies of the 90s.
This year’s biggest box-office hit, Beauty And The Beast, might not yet be available on Netflix, but the film which kicked off the whole wave of live-action Disney adaptations is.
Thankfully more Prince Charming than ugly stepsister, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella features lavish Oscar-nominated costume design, a witty script and a star-making turn from Lily James as the titular heroine.
Boxing Day is also an ideal time to binge on an entire series, and if you’re looking for something relatively new then this charming dramedy about an autistic teen should be at the front of your queue.
Atypical may have flown under the radar compared to Netflix’s other recent originals, but it boasts an inherent sweetness and charm, which makes its eight episodes (most of which clock in under 30 minutes) easy to breeze through in a single afternoon.
But if you fancy something a little more serious, and something that requires a little more dedication, then look no further than compelling crime drama Mindhunter.
Executive produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron, 10-part Mindhunter sees Jonathan Groff (Looking) and Holt McCallany (Lights Out) play FBI agents tasked with interviewing convicted serial killers to help better understand their crimes and help solve ongoing investigations.
Back To The Future Trilogy
If you’d rather binge on a film franchise instead, then you can’t really do any better than the three Back To The Future classics.
Sure, you’ve probably already seen the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown countless times already, but few other trilogies remain as eminently rewatchable.
Boxing Day is all about comfort food, so why not watch a film about comfort food at the same time?
Written and directed by its star Jon Favreau, this labour of love tells the story of a professional chef who quits his high-class restaurant job to head out on the road and serve Cubanos in a food truck.
Sure, there’s not much of a plot, but who cares when there’s such likeable characters, charming natural performances and of course mouth-watering dishes.
Trespass Against Us
Netflix is also premiering one of this year’s most under-rated crime dramas on Boxing Day, Trespass Against Us.
Set in the West Country, Adam Smith’s (Skins, Doctor Who) feature-length directorial debut stars Michael Fassbender as a seasoned thief determined to leave the family criminal business behind, but his father (Brendan Gleeson) has other plans.
Mad Max: Fury Road
We recommended Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for Christmas Day’s big blockbuster, but if you’re after more big-budget thrills and spills on Boxing Day then Mad Max: Fury Road should do the trick.
The post-apocalyptic action movie is a senses-assaulting funhouse ride from start to finish as Charlize Theron’s rebel warrior attempts to return to her homeland with a little help from Tom Hardy’s monosyllabic desert drifter.
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