Okay, so I’m not at all sure why I thought the Netflix Christmas madness would stop at just five movies for me, but here we are. I’ve watched five more with varying degrees of goodness, and since it seems like everyone else is on board with watching cheesy Christmas movies every evening, I thought, why not share? I’m going to rate them against each other, and then against the other five from my previous Netflix Christmas movie post.
Klaus – You all were not kidding, this movie was so good. Without giving too much away, this spectacular Netflix original details the history of how the cultural celebration of Christmas came to be. We all know that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, but where does the jolly old toymaker and his sleigh led by eight tiny reindeer come into the story? Watch Klaus to find out. Oh, and bring tissues, seriously!
Bottom line: 10 out of 5 candy canes. That good.
The Pretty Okay
Christmas Break-In – I liked this one a lot more than Kyle did, so I think his negative response may be affecting mine, but anyway… In terms of Netflix Christmas movies, this one kind of has an A list cast in Danny Glover and Denise Richards. It’s a remarkably obvious copycat of the Home Alone plot, even down to a cute blonde leading kid, and I’m here for it.
Bottom line: 3.5 out of 5 candy canes
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish – I am a fan of any version of A Cinderella Story that has ever existed. Especially the OG (Chad Michael Murray, here’s looking at you!). I’m shocked it took this long for someone to develop a Christmas version, but let me just say, despite a terrifyingly cheesy plot, amplified by incredibly cheesy acting coming from a cast who can do better, I thought this was pretty cute. Austin & Ally or Wizards of Waverly Place fan? There’s probably something here for you! I mean, who doesn’t want to fall in love with the local billionaire’s hot son?
Bottom line: 3 out of 5 candy canes
The Confusing But Not Terrible
Holly Star – A few things this film did well: everyday life people with good acting skills, characters with well-rounded, endearing personality traits, nailing that post-college-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-life feeling.
A few things it didn’t do well: not much color provided for the weird dream sequence subplot, and I call it a subplot because even though you are led to believe these dream premonitions are a very key part of the story, the last five minutes of the movie package everything up in a way that makes literally zero sense.
But, the general outcome was really warm and fuzzy.
Bottom line: 2 out of 5 candy canes for lack of clarity
The Don’t Waste Your Time
Holiday Engagement – I’m going to spoil the heck out of this one so you can feel like you watched it and not waste 90 minutes of your life. Remember Mona from Friends? Great, well Mona from Friends (is a real life witch who hasn’t aged) gets dumped by her crappy fiancé right before she’s to visit her family for Thanksgiving. Horrified by the notion of disappointing her parents (who somehow have not met said fiancé?), she hires a very good looking, down on his luck actor to play her fiancé for her trip home. And what do you know, it only takes 72 hours, but they fall in love and all is well in poorly filmed, strangely written movieland.
Bottom line: none for you, Glen Coco
The Final Rankings
- Let It Snow
- Holiday in the Wild
- The Knight Before Christmas
- Christmas Break-In
- A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
- Santa Girl
- Holly Star
- Christmas in the Heartland
- Holiday Engagement
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