Starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Romany Malco and La La Anthony, I was initially drawn to Holiday Rushfor the festive theme, the decorations (which were OK) and hopefully a good story of someone making their way back after a setback.
I like the general outline of the way popular radio DJ Rush Williams (Malco) managed to bounce back after suffering a career disappointment. And I’m not mad at how, like almost every Christmas themed movie with a focus on family, love and togetherness, Holiday Rush had its own version of a ‘Christmas miracle.’ Meaning that everything came together in the end, just in time for December 25th.
My issue is with the execution. Director Leslie Small’s story relied quite a bit on the usual cliches to build the story and move things along, sometimes in a way that unfortunately felt rushed and contrived in places. Acting-wise, Malco and Martin-Green didn’t do badly. The story edit just didn’t help anyone overall.
At a push, the brief musical performance towards the end is likely my favourite thing about Holiday Rush.
If you’re super curious, Netflix is where it’s at.
Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Josh Whitehouse, A Knight Before Christmas is the story of a medieval English knight who is magically transported to the present day…
Will this be the best Christmas movie released this year? Probably not. I’m really most interested in the scenes of Christmas, to be perfectly honest. I’m also a little bit curious about the film’s classification as a ‘comedy.’ Who knows, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Directed by Monika Mitchell; Harry Jarvis, Ella Kenion, Jacob Soley, Mimi Gianopulos, Shanice Johnson, Simon Webster, Isabelle Franca and Telysa Chandler also star.
Klaus is the story of the friendship between a postman and a toymaker named Klaus. An unexpected friendship that eventually results in the delivery of a sleigh full of holiday traditions.
Directed by Sergio Pablos, Klaus stars Joan Cusack, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Jason Schwartzman…
I definitely haven’t watched a Christmas movie in 2019 just yet but I am very much already in the mood for Christmas. In fact, my decorations went up just yesterday. Kidding! But I absolutely would if I’d bought them already.
Tucker Meek, Mila Brener, Sydney Brower, Sky Alexis, Kendall Joy Hall, Finn Carr, Bailey Rae Fenderson, Jaeden Bettencourt, Teddy Blum and Hailey Hermida also star.