As Christmas is few weeks shy away, Netflix keeps adding to its list of Christmas movies. Last week, Reel Talk’s selection was Knight Before Christmas which turned out to be a complete Christmas nightmare.
This week, Let It Snow catches our attention. Headed by young star, Kiernan Shipka and Mitchell Hope, the movie is joined by a young ensemble of fresh talents including Jacob Batalon, Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Liv Hewson and Odeya Rush.
The movie adaptation of John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle’s novel of the same name is set in a somewhat sleepy town, where everyone knows everyone.
The setting revolves around primary love stories: two strangers who met on a train (Isabela Merced and Shameik Moore); a boy hopelessly in love with his best friend (Mitchell Hope and Kiernan Shipka); and a girl trying to figure out her popular but cold crush (Liv Hewson and Anna Akana).
And like every other Christmas movie, a snowstorm unites them together eventually under one roof. Audiences are given a backstory on several characters while others have a simple direct storyline. Unlike the other additions of Christmas movies on Netflix, Let It Snow keeps it simple.
There are no crazy plots, time travels, overboard coincidences and that is the movie’s charm. It may not be the Love Actually of the year and it may not be what hopeless romantics are looking for during this festive season but Let It Snow hits the right notes in delivering a simpler teen romance plotline.
However, the backdraw on delivering a simple plotline is that the movie wraps up everyone’s storyline within 70 minutes, which resulted in ‘rushed’ scenes for some characters that you might still have interest in knowing about.
Merced and Moore do much of the heavy lifting with grace, both being leads in their own rights, joined by slight humor from Shipka and Hope.
An odd addition to the cast was Joan Cusack who plays the Tin Foil woman, who goes around lecturing teens she comes across about their obsession with smartphones and she appears out of nowhere hinting on a mysterious background, with nothing revealed by the end of the movie.
Let It Snow isn’t the most popular Christmas addition to this year’s roster but it does manage to hold its own among other contenders with its charm and simple plotline amid, all the overcrowding that takes place in the movie.