Christmas on Netflix: 5 new movies to watch in frenzy
1. A BOY CALLED NOL (Gil Kenan, 2021)
This is a British fantasy film that looks at the origins of Santa Claus. The boy behind the story. And how he became the benevolent, reindeer thief, cheerful, benevolent old man we know and love. Interestingly, although it is a children’s movie, “Boy Called Christmas” seems thematically darker than the other films on this list, with its depictions of child abuse, kidnapping and parental death. But he still has a sense of wonder that will captivate hearts.
2. A CASTLE FOR CHRISTMAS (Marie Lambert, 2021)
The beautiful Brooke Shields plays Sophie Brown, an American author who falls in love with a castle in Scotland and wishes to become its owner. ‘Castle for Christmas’ has a flat image that has become hallmark of Netflix media. But it also feels like a Hallmark holiday movie with its nice cast, charming location, extremely upbeat ending, and lots of snow. There’s also a cute encounter involving the adorable Hamish Terrier. What’s not to like?
3. LOVE HARD (Hernán Jiménez, 2021)
The most romantic scene this year isn’t in an epic, radical love movie, but in a romantic comedy. In ‘Love Hard’, the writer Natalie (Nina Dobrev) is caught in the cat by Josh (Jimmy O. Yang), insecure of himself. When she finds out about this, she is visibly angry with him. But things start to get better as they get along and sparks spring up. And then the scene happens. We see the couple singing a revised version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. A song known for its portrayal of questionable consent is transformed into a relationship of understanding and caring after Natalie and Josh change words. It’s times like this that make ‘Love Hard’ such a sweet Christmas watch.
4. THE HAPPiest SEASON (Clea DuVall, 2020)
Technically, a 2020 movie, “Happiest Season” wasn’t available on Netflix until last month. The Wellness Vacation movie has Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as romantic protagonists. There are enough “out of the closet” jokes to make you laugh, but not enough to tire you out. Dan Levy’s (as Abby’s best friend John) monologue will make you cry while Aubrey Plaza is a gift that continues to be given. Actor Clea DuVall, from the excellent TV series “Veep”, sits behind the camera. We even have a cameo cameo from his “Veep” co-star Timothy Simons, who plays a mall keeper with dreams of being the “bad cop”.
5. LAST CHRISTMAS (Paul Feig, 2019)
‘Last Christmas’ is technically a 2019 film, but was dropped on the streaming platform last month. Emilia Clarke is a joy to see as Kate, a hot mess who is on her journey of self-esteem and acceptance. Henry Golding (from ‘Crazy Rich Asians’), however, is the real eye-opener here, as he plays the charming Tom Webster who has a heart of gold and an angel soul. Despite all of its cheerful, scintillating ending, the film might still leave your heart aching for some reason we cannot disclose.
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