A heartbreaking masterpiece
Judy Garland is a legend, and this iconic musical film allows her talents to shine through. It's sad, sure, but everything works out in the end. It perfectly captures the beauty, love, family, nostalgia and heartbreak that all come together during the Christmas season. The songs are endlessly catchy and the turn-of-the-century setting, lovingly designed and costumed in lush Technicolor, give the film an escapist note. Like many Old Hollywood classics, it looks at the distant past through rose-colored glasses, but that's what makes it so irresistible. You may want to discuss what life really was like back then. Little kids, however, may be too young to appreciate the historical context and Old Hollywood history behind this film, and may be completely hostile to watching an "old movie."