8-Bit Christmas

8-Bit Christmas

In suburban Chicago during the late 1980s, ten-year-old Jake Doyle embarks on a herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas.

  • Released: 2021-11-24
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Family
  • Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Winslow Fegley, June Diane Raphael, David Cross, Steve Zahn, Jacob Laval, Santino Barnard, Jackson Reid, Chandler Dean, Johnathan'tae Sturgess, Cyrus Arnold, Sophia Reid-Gantzert, Bellaluna Resnick
  • Director: Michael Dowse
  • mcpme - 24 December 2022
    Doesn't deliver
    I love Neil Patrick Harris, especially in kids movies Iike the Smurfs, so I felt good about choosing this movie the night before Christmas, but unfortunately it put a dampner on the night.

    Reading the other reviews I liked the idea that the kid eventually learns that it's not the Nintendo that's important (but family) hoping the movie would deliver that familiar Christmas cheer, but it is too little too late - the whole movie was just so focused on him wanting the Nintendo so badly, and nearly getting it multiple times, and then feeling let down each time he didn't.

    The heart warming bit at the end just fell flat in amidst all the disappointment and didn't deliver the message well at all.
  • eddie_baggins - 1 June 2022
    A surprising Xmas themed delight
    Hitting HBO Max late in 2021, family yule-tide themed movie 8-Bit Christmas arrived with very little fanfare or expectation but Michael Dowse's fun, heartfelt and even surprisingly nostalgic-tinged trip back to the late 80's ended up becoming one of the years most surprisingly enjoyable efforts, one that is sure to become a family Xmas favourite in the years to come.

    Experienced in the comedic landscape thanks to films such as Goon, What If and Stuber, Dowse knows his way around a good joke but importantly for the film and the audience, Dowse has managed to neatly combine some fairly hearty laughs within his newest effort in amongst some solid feel-good moments and even emotional ones, ones that the very best Christmas movies manage to juggle to stand out from the pack.

    Told in both the modern day through Neil Patrick Harris's Jake Doyle, with the main focus on the time in Jake's younger years (here played by the solid Winslow Fegley) where Nintendo was king and Christmas time was all about him managing to get his hands on a newly released Nintendo console and its here that Dowse manages to craft a pretty out there narrative featuring doll dealing shady characters played by a scene-stealing David Cross, falling TV accidents and snow top climbing bullies, giving 8-Bit the feel of a comedic movie of yesteryear that balances well the new with the old.

    The film could've easily been lost in yet another trip down memory lane but while it at times feels like a modern retreading of cult favourite Nintendo themed outing The Wizard (including Power Glove themed moments!), 8-Bit has enough originality, personality and charm to make it stand by itself, including an end game that won't be entirely predictable for those that feel as though they know exactly where Dowse's film is heading.

    While at days end 8-Bit doesn't do anything extraordinary or groundbreaking, there's a gentle and subtle goodness too much of the film, making it easily one of the family films of 2021 and a finely attuned trip down memory lane for anyone that knows their way around a video game console or a Xmas memory that has defined who they are today.

    Final Say -

    With no right to be as enjoyable as it is, 8-Bit Christmas is a genuinely enjoyable and likeable family themed ride that stands out head and shoulders above most other festive themed movies from the last few years.

    3 1/2 Cabbage Patch Dolls out of 5

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  • lhigley - 10 January 2022
    Super funny, great cast!
    This was a fun movie to watch, we could not stop laughing! Brings back a lot of childhood memories. Anyone who doesn't like this movie is crazy! We have watched it at least 15 times this December and it gets better every time. If you love A Christmas Story then you will love this movie. I love the 80's!