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.
Story-wise, 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.
Klaus, Netflix’s 2D animated story about the origins of Santa Claus is a movie I wanted to love more than I did.
I really like the above image because it reminds me of Christmas cards I’ve received in the past. I also definitely like the films central message: ‘A true selfless act always begets another.’ I just didn’t thoroughly enjoy the way it was all executed.
Part of the issue for me is the lack of newness and surprise in the story. And when the story did unfold in the expected way – since almost everyone knows Santa’s story, the delivery wasn’t such that I was enthralled or delighted by much of it. I’ve now realised for better or worse that I’ve come to expect a certain level of delight when watching animated movies and Klaus just didn’t bring it for me.
Lastly, I found that the combination of the animation style, highly muted colours – most of the time, and the pace of the story just didn’t help matters.
Give Klaus a chance if you’re really curious. Perhaps you’ll be more enthralled and even moved than I.
Home For Christmas is the 6 episode story of perpetually single Johanne (Ida Elise Broch).
Johanne is fed up with the constant comments on her relationship status, so she begins a 24-day hunt for a partner to bring home for Christmas.
Additional key cast includes Arthur Hakalahti, Hege Schøyen, Felix Sandman…
I can’t say I immediately understand why the lie at the beginning of this trailer happened, but I do like the idea of a story about a young woman choosing to live her truth, whatever that maybe.
Also, I have to applaud the start of this trailer because the opening dialogue caught my attention immediately. That’s definitely not something that happens frequently for me. Especially where subtitled movies are concerned.
Cat Haave, Loekke Calle, Kingsford Siayor and Oddgeir Thune 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 and 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.