8-Bit Christmas (2021)

★★★½ Watched 26 Dec, 2022

A fun trip down memory lane of a simpler time. Looking back over 20 years, the 80s were a colorful and strange decade in many ways, especially from the perspective of the kids born after 2010. Even though video games started in the 70s, the 80s is the cradle of home computers and video game consoles which kids today take for granted.

The story of how the first Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) came to the family is told by a father (Neil Patrick Harris) to his teenage daughter who just wants her own smartphone. It’s a lesson of patience and hard work, not to mention ingenuity, which was required from most of us growing up in the 80s if we wanted to get anything.

There are traces and nods to various Christmas movies of the past, the cast is charming and the tall tale reality is fun for adults, while kids’ shenanigans will entertain the little ones.

I have never played NES, even though my schoolfriend had it. I do have similar memories of the Commodore 64 and my own story of how I got it after a few years of pleading for it (watch this space 😉 ).

Source: Letterboxd
Info: IMDb

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