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Something of a guilty pleasure, The Holiday overcomes its predictable plot and overlong runtime with a delightful aesthetic design, great performances from the actors to go along with the decent chemistry they have and the sweet-natured, lighthearted tone making this a simple yet relatively entertaining romantic Christmas comedy.
While a bit more childish than the first film and if you're looking for an unpredictable movie full of twists and turns then oh boy, are you looking in the wrong place, The Santa Clause 2 is still a charming, harmless sequel thanks to Tim Allen's performance, cute romance and some fun moments. The villain of this movie, a clone of Santa who also looks like a toy (hmm, where have I seen something that has the keywords "Tim Allen" and "toy" in it before?) will haunt my dreams for the next few days after writing this review.
While I felt the decision to turn one character into a villain was a bad one since, despite the actor clearly having fun, I thought the movie was doing just fine without a bad guy, aside from all the zombies everywhere and I wish the movie could've been longer, Anna and the Apocalypse delivers on its crazy awesome premise of a zombie Christmas musical with really fun musical numbers, likeable characters and just being so darn fun before becoming more dramatic in the climax. I liked this shift but I'm not sure if everyone will like it, given the relatively lighthearted tone up to this point. It's a shame that this movie only has 6.0/10 on IMDb because I thought this movie was quite fun. Maybe one day, we'll get more of these types of Christmas movies: the ones that are unique because of their genre mashups, regardless of the quality of the finished movie.
A "so bad, it's good" Christmas special, this made-for-TV movie based off of a form of opera called an operetta (and this isn't even the first film adaptation) is full of camp from the cheesy set design and production values to the performances that notably consist of "Bill & Ted" era Keanu Reeves looking bland (ah, the days when people made fun of the guy for looking emotionless and just saying "Whoa" before John Wick silenced anyone who couldn't get into the Matrix, no pun intended) make this something that, if you're not in any hurry to watch it, you can always just get a shortened version via snarky YouTube reviews since, as mentioned in earlier reviews, the editing does a good job of compressing the movie into a 20-minute review. But even just from clips, I cam tell that this Christmas adventure is not good. Poor little Drew Barrymore, looking all cute and sincere and sometimes looking like she's trying to take what she's in seriously :(
A delightful little movie, Nativity! feels more like the type of movie that lends itself better to the small screen than it does to the big screen and is quite predictable but the charming schoolchildren, Martin Freeman's performance, the enjoyable climax and even some surprisingly poignant moments make this an enjoyable British Christmas movie for the whole family.