Since last week, it’s been more of the same. I just can’t stay away from the Christmas movies! This time though, most of them were not Netflix originals and I’d seen them previously. I also let my husband pick some of them this time ;]
Christmas with the Kranks - How have I never realized until this year that they named this family the Kranks because they’re being cranky and not celebrating Christmas?? I think this movie is entertaining; I like Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as the titular couple. I don’t like that the entire town makes them feel like they’re horrible people for not wanting to join in the hoopla for the holidays. Sometimes you just don’t want to and that’s okay! I think it gets a 7/10.
Deck the Halls - The entire premise of this movie is so strange to me. I suppose people have done weirder things to try to get noticed than making their Christmas lights super bright, but I had trouble suspending my disbelief enough to enjoy it much. It’s fun to watch during the holidays just for the sake of it being a Christmas movie, but I wouldn’t be sad if it doesn’t make the line-up in my house next year. I give it a 5/10.
The Christmas Calendar - I added this one to My List on Netflix as soon as it showed up. I have a fascination with advent calendars. My dad would always get my sisters and I each one of those ones with the (gross) chocolates behind the little paper doors and I’ve always had some sort of advent calendar in adulthood, as well, so I was looking forward to this one. Who knew it would also include magic!? It doesn’t hurt that I married one of my best friends who I’ve known since elementary school like the two main characters who end up together in this one. I think it deserves 8.5/10.
Fred Claus - Within the first 30 seconds, I knew I would be mad at this movie. I just knew they were going to make it out to be Fred’s problem that he hates Nick, but clearly his parents chose a favorite child and made it known, and of course that’s gonna mess with the not-favorite-kid’s personality. I wouldn’t want my parents or brother in my life either if they were always comparing me to him and never thought I measured up. Turns out I was right and Fred just needed a more giving spirit…I liked it well enough in the end, but my eyeballs almost got stuck looking backwards from all the eyerolling I did. It’s a solid 6/10
The Santa Clause 2 - Not sure how we ended up watching #2 but not the original, but we’ve seen them both enough that it didn’t really matter. In my opinion, this one is just such a classic. There are some things I have issues with (mostly Carol being willing to leave her school/students in the middle of the year and also the way she looks at Scott/Santa at the end when he leaves to deliver presents - she looks almost brainwashed to me, though the image to the right doesn’t do the moving picture justice), but for the most part, it’s just a fun sequel to such an original idea presented in The Santa Clause. Definitely a 10/10.
I also watched Rent recently, as well as some episodes of Friends and Gilmore Girls, and started watching Live PD after my husband discovered it on a business trip, but nothing else of much note, and I don’t have much to say about these except that they’re fairly mindless entertainment which can be nice sometimes. I’m looking forward to a few things I have scheduled to record coming up, but I’ll talk on those next time!
Happy holiday watching!