Plan “8-Bit Christmas” For This Season

Every now and again, a new Christmas film emerges that quickly becomes a staple on your list of must-see holiday favourites. It doesn't happen as as often as it should, but it happened to me recently while watching 8-Bit Christmas, a 2021 HBO Max film starring Neil Patrick Harris as a father telling his daughter about one of his most prized memories: obtaining his very own Nintendo Entertainment System.

At least until the next season of Stranger Things buries us in Lotto hightops and Sizzlean, HBO Max's 8-Bit Christmas may satisfy your '80s nostalgia demands quota. Kevin Jakubowski adapts his own storey about a middle-aged father and his holiday-dazed recollections of his youth, when he lusted after a Nintendo game system and would go to any length to have it, nearly but not fully within reason. Now that we've detailed the film's conceptual tangle, we can focus on the subject at hand: Will it be genuinely engaging, or will the anachronisms distract us?

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What is 8-Bit Christmas All Bout?

8-Bit Christmas is an English Christmas comedy film made by Michael Dowse in 2021, based on Kevin Jakubowski's novel of the same name. Neil Patrick Harris, Winslow Fegley, June Diane Raphael, David Cross, and Steve Zahn are among the cast members. The film premiered on HBO Max on November 24, 2021, and received mostly positive reviews from reviewers.

8-bit Christmas is a unique Christmas comedy directed by Michael Dowse that will premiere on HBO Max on November 24. It is based on Kevin Jakubowski's book of the same name, for which he is also responsible for the script. Neil Patrick Harris plays adult Jake Doyle and Winslow Fegley plays little Jake Doyle in 8-bit Christmas. June Other notable cast members include Diane Raphael, David Cross, Cyrus Arnold, and Steve Zahn.

Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, and Star Thrower Entertainment collaborated on the picture, which is distributed exclusively by HBO Max. It's a far cry from the usual lineup of Hallmark-style Christmas flicks.

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Who all Are in The Cast ?

Neil Patrick Harris played the role of Adult Jake Doyle

He is an actor, singer, writer, producer, and television host from the United States. He is most recognised for his television comedic performances as well as his dramatic and musical theatrical parts. Harris grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, with his older brother and his parents, Sheila Gail (née Scott; born 1946) and Ronald Gene Harris (born 1946). His parents were both attorneys and restaurant owners. He graduated with honours from La Cueva High School in Albuquerque in 1991, which he credits to being privately taught for part of the school year while on set.

June Diane Raphael played the role of Kathy Doyle, Jake's mother

She is an actor, comedian, and screenwriter from the United States. Raphael was born and reared in Rockville Centre, New York, parents Diane and John Raphael, and graduated from South Side High School in 1998. She has been in TV comedy shows such as Burning Love. She was reared Catholic and is of Irish origin. Lauren and Deanna are her two elder sisters. Raphael is a devout follower of the Jewish faith.

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Steve Zahn played the role of John Doyle, Jake's father

After fraudulently claiming to be a member of Actors' Equity, Zahn made his professional theatrical debut in a Minnesota production of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues in 1991. Zahn was inspired to pursue acting by his fellow performers, who encouraged him to join in the American Repertory Theater's two-year training program. He collaborated with renowned stage director Andrei Erban at A.R.T.

Zahn and a group of actor pals, including Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard, founded the Malaparte theatrical company in 1991. He portrayed Hugo Peabody in a nationwide tour of Tommy Tune's Bye Bye Birdie from 1991 to 1992, and then performed in two Off-Broadway productions, Sophistry and Eric Bogosian's Suburbia.

Cyrus Arnold played the role of Josh Jagorski, an oversized school bully

He is an actor from the United States. He is most recognised for his roles as Derek and Josh Jagorski in the New Line Cinema/HBO Max Original 8-Bit Christmas, as well as a prominent cast member in the Disney+ original “Just Beyond,” which he will appear in later this year.

David Cross played the role of Dealer

is a stand-up comedian, actor, director, and writer from the United States who is best known for his stand-up appearances and the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show. Cross was born into a Jewish household in Roswell, Georgia. Barry and Susi are his parents, the latter of whom moved from Leeds, England.  Cross's family relocated to Florida six months after he was born. After several transfers to New York and Connecticut, Cross and his family returned to Roswell, where he stayed for over a decade. He is the younger of two sisters.

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Wrapping Up

Whenever it comes to movies dedicated on certain holidays, they aren't intended to be something you watch all year. They want to be something you watch once or twice a year when it's time to commemorate the occasion in question. Every year, there's a fresh crop, and they typically range from bad to pretty darn good. 8-Bit Christmas is definitely on the higher end of the range. There are many things to enjoy about this film, but it is the ensemble of child performers that elevate it from excellent to great.