I’ll be Home for Christmas

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Welcome to another season-appropriate movie review. Today we’re going to take a closer look at I’ll be Home for Christmas.

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Estranged from his father (Gary Cole), college student Jake (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is lured home to New York for Christmas with the promise of receiving a classic Porsche as a gift. When the bullying football team dumps him in the desert in a Santa suit, Jake is left without identification or money to help him make the journey. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Allie (Jessica Biel), does not know where he is, and accepts a cross-country ride from Jake’s rival, Eddie (Adam LaVorgna).

The Rating:

This is another Christmas movie that pretty much came out of left field for me. I had never even heard of it, but Disney+ threw it my way, so here we are. To be honest, now that I have seen it, I can tell you that I wouldn’t have missed much had I continued living in ignorance.

I guess the main appeal of the movie when it came out back in 1998 was that the lead is played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and that his girlfriend is played by Jessica Biel. I would assume that posters of both of them adorned a significant number of bedroom walls back in the 90s. However, in 2021 that is not enough to make this movie work.

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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.

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Last Christmas (2019)

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Welcome to my last review for the year 2019. After reading numerous reviews about this film, I finally had the time to head to the cinema and check out Last Christmas. Let’s see whether it was worth the wait!

The Plot:

Disillusioned is almost too mild a term for Kate. The young woman who jobs as an elf in a store that sells Christmas ornaments all year round is down on her luck – and homeless after her flatmate kicked her out.
Things start to look up when she meets a rather mysterious stranger just outside the shop…

The Rating:

This was pretty cute!
I always try not to have too high expectations with Christmas movies as they are often extremely cheesy, unimaginative or blatant rip-offs from other productions.
Last Christmas was a rather pleasant surprise!

Sure the film has it’s very cheesy moments (and a foreseeable plot twist here or there) it is overall rather charming, quirky and funny.

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The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

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As I am catching up with the holiday movies out there, The Christmas Chronicles definitely need to be on my list. I already noticed it last year on Netflix and now it’s finally time to check out Kurt Russell as Santa Claus!

The Plot:

Teddy and his younger sister Kate are in for a huge Christmas adventure when the cause Santa’s sleigh to crash and get enlisted to help him deliver all the presents!

The Rating:

Christmas movies are really hit or miss for me and I end up finding many of the pictures tacky and far too cheesy. However, this one was – surprisingly -a hit for me!

First of all, let’s talk about Kurt Russell! How is it possible that the guy from Escape from New York, The Thing and The Hateful Eight is the most perfect Santa Claus?!
Not only does he absolutely nail the optics, he is by far the coolest Santa I ever laid eyes on. There is a scene with him in jail where we get an impromptu rock concert!

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Klaus (2019)

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Let’s forget about that disaster of a Grinch movie from my last review and move on to a brand new animation film brought to us by Netflix. I’ve already read numerous positive reviews on Klaus, so is it really that good?

The Plot:

Jesper is a rich and spoiled kid, however, his father is no longer putting up with his irresponsible behavior. As the family is in the postal business, Jesper is appointed the new postman for a little ton that almost deserves its own circle in hell. His only chance of getting out there is mailing 6,000 letters by the time the year is over. In a town where people hate each other, Jesper has to be creative to achieve such a feat…

The Rating:

I am so glad to say that this film is amazing!
After some rather big letdowns with the Christmas films I chose so far, Klaus really is a silver lining.

First of all, the animation is stunning. All the characters look adorable and you never ever want the movie to end. I wish they’d produce more pictures like that!

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The Grinch (2018)

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I missed a bunch of last year’s big Christmas movie releases, so I figured now is the best time to finally catch up. After The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was a rather big disappointment, I hoped at least The Grinch would be better. Let’s find out how that turned out…

The Plot:

A tale as old as time…
Whoville is preparing for Christmas (3 times bigger this year!) when the Grinch finally has enough. He hates the holidays so he sets out to steal Christmas, so everybody can feel as miserable as him…

The Rating:

As much as it pains me to say I dislike something Benedict Cumberbatch is in, but this was awful. I should have checked the reviews before enthusiastically hitting the play button.

If you read my older Christmas movie reviews, you know that the 2000 Grinch film is one of my all-time favorites, so naturally, I was curious what they’d do with the material for the new movie.

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