The Great Christmas Movie Post

I’m going to update this throughout December but since I’m powering through the Netflix Christmas library already I thought I’d start now. Mini reviews of the festive films I’m watching this year..in the order in which I watched them. Bear in mind, these are not the standards we all love but almost exclusively the made-for-TV, ‘guilty pleasure’ style movies with zero twists or turns and all the cheesey predictability I’ve come to rely on.

 Christmas Inheritance

This kicked off this year and I was all in! It ticked all the boxes, rich girl from New York travels to a snowy wonderland incognito and learns about life and love along the way.

Christmas Wedding Planner

Sneaky little Netflix hooked me in with a picture of Lilly from Gossip Girl but she’s HARDLY IN IT! In spite of that, it was a new twist on a familiar story and I enjoyed it.

The Holiday Calendar

Bonnie from The Vampire Diaries receives a magical advent calendar that predicts the future. Small town Christmas vibes with sentimental family fun and romance thrown in.

Deck The Halls

I watch this every year. A feud between Matthew Broderick and; new neighbour, Danny DeVito over Christmas lights that appeals to the whole family.

Christmas With The Coopers

Very different from the rest. An indie movie that follows the stories of multiple characters who come together for Christmas. If you’re less in to the saccharine stuff, this is a nice change.

The Princess Switch

I had such high hopes for this one and as a cheese lover I had no issue with the obvious storyline but the awful English accents ruined it for me.

Pottersville

I don’t know what I thought this was but it was an odd one! A kind of surreal story centred around a Big Foot hoax. I almost didn’t watch to the end but I stuck with it and it was… okay.

A Very Murray Christmas

This was really popular a few years ago and I assumed it was a stand up special. It’s actually a mini movie crossed with a variety show with lots of songs and celeb cameos. Gave me all the festive feels.

Once Upon A Holiday

A princess escapes her name and station in New York to fall in love with a regular Joe while reminiscing about the Christmases before her mother died. Dissapointing. I struggled to stay interested – and I watch some serious drivel!

The Christmas Chronicles

Unlike the majority of this list, this is a legit movie. It’s an instant classic for me with none of the made-for-TV feel. Kurt Russell plays a modern day santa and if your kids are ‘on the cusp’ it answers a lot of those niggling questions they might have about the logistics Christmas Eve. I’ll be watching it again, for sure.

A Christmas Prince

This was last years buzz-worthy Netflix release – they seem to have gone hard this year.. A journalist hides her identity to get an exclusive from the inside – again a fun twist on an old story with less cheese than this years ‘Christmas Switch’.

El Camino Christmas

This isn’t one I’d have chosen usually but since I’m doing this post and all.. I’m powering through. It’s totally different from the cheesy rom-coms but still OH. SO. MUCH. CRYING. The premise is an outsider in town looking for his long lost father and gets caught up in a liquor store ‘robbery’.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

I liked everyone in this movie but I am so over the strait-laced single working Mum clinging to the stuffy boyfriend character. They always come around to the cosy family vibe and the boy next door eventually but it’s just been done to death. I may be losing my patience at this stage (it’s still not December)

*I did appreciate the story about Barbra Streisand giving her husband the rights to use her music though

Almost Christmas

I was just thinking that every Christmas movie (these Hallmark types) focuses on a young singleton finding love when this came along. A widow and his grown up family come together for their first Christmas without Mum and drama ensues. A nice palette cleanser between rom coms!

Holiday Joy

I saved this one to watch with the kids and it was okay. The teen liked it more than I did. A mash up between A Christmas Carol and The Parent Trap, Joy gets to live out her fantasty life via a movie-long dream sequence (spoiler?) after a car accident.

You Can’t Fight Christmas

Quite possibly the worst Christmas movie I’ve ever seen. I don’t know what it was but I just wasn’t rooting for anyone in this story. All the blah.. don’t bother.

The Best Man Holiday

10 minutes in I realised I’ve seen this before.. multiple times. I actually really enjoyed this but get your tissues out cause there are some majorly sad moments. Not one to watch with the kids. Also, it’s a sequel to a movie I’ve never seen but don’t let that put you off.. it’s a great standalone film.

 A Wish For Christmas

This is the classic formula. New York woman overlooked at work is taken to ‘Christmas town’ for the holidays and convinces her stuffy festive-phobic boss to find the spirit of the season along the way.

The Good Witch’s Gift

Still to watch (do I need to add anything to this list?)

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Lucy
    27 November, 2018 / 8:54 am

    A Christmas Prince has a sequel coming this year, I don’t think it’s out yet though! X

  2. Katie
    29 November, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    If you liked Christmas Inheritance, try Merry Kissmas and Spirit of Christmas. Also stay away from Christmas Crush, holy cow that one was so cringe-worthy it was hard to watch!

  3. Sara Atkinson
    3 December, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    Angel of Christmas – another Netflix original and follows the same-ish story as the rest.

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