Noelle

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It is December, so I hope you all are ready for a volley of Christmas movie reviews! Let’s kick things off this time with Noelle, a 2019 Disney production.

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.

The Rating:

To kick off the traditional series of Christmas movie reviews, we’re taking a closer look at Noelle. I’ve been doing this for a while now, so I feel like I’m running out of X-Mas stuff to talk about. That also means I’m now diving into movies I’ve never even heard before and will hopefully pleasantly surprise me. Noelle is one of them.

I just browsed through Disney+’s section of remotely Christmasy-looking things, and this was the first film to catch my eye. An Anna Kendrick flick? I’m sure that’s gonna be nice. Well, turns out it was more on the cringe side of things but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

The idea is cute enough. You’ll know approximately 20 seconds into the film exactly how it’s going to end but this is a Christmas movie so, to be honest, that’s kinda what I’m expecting. 😅 The Santa village at the North Pole where Noelle usually lives has a nice design, so thumbs up for that. I will give them bonus points for the most adorable CGI baby reindeer I have ever seen. (That might have been my favorite part about this movie!)

I don’t know why but even for a Christmas film overall Noelle felt extremely cheesy. It wasn’t as charming as it could have been. We get loads of great actors and actresses, so I feel like this could have been better. Most of the jokes fall somewhat flat and even the tech bits don’t quite hit the mark which I found very disappointing. It’s like they didn’t even try too hard because the CGI is good and so is the cast, so surely that is enough to make it work, right?

The thing is, I don’t have anything against cheesy Christmas movies. There are some I will gladly rewatch every year. But with Noelle, once was more than enough. There was nothing particularly catchy or memorable about it, nothing to make it stand out (except for that cute baby reindeer). It wasn’t the most terrible movie, it could have definitely been a lot worse, but there simply are better Christmas flicks out there. I guess it’s okay to squeeze it in if you are on a X-Mas movie binge, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to check it out.

Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Noelle

  1. I watched it last year and thought it was really cute 😂 could tell the ending a mile away of course. I don’t think I’ll watch it again this year. Maybe next year. Have you seen Godmothered? It’s also on Disney+.

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