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Thursday, December 2, 2021

A Boy Called Christmas Review: Rekindles the Festive Spirit

Magic abounds in A Boy Called Christmas, Netflix’s first prestigious holiday movie of the season, but there’s something even more powerful in this gripping adventure story: the thrilling power of storytelling. The film is somewhat reminiscent of the first few Harry Potter films – and not only because Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent and Toby Jones play charming eccentrics.

Created by the edgy Aunt Ruth (Smith) as she tells the story of her grandniece and nephews on Christmas Eve, the film follows Nicholas (Henry Lowfull), a poor but altruistic boy from medieval Finland who travels north in search of a mythical city called Elfhelm. Friendly allies accumulate along the way – including the sharp mouse Meek (voiced by Stephen Merchant), the bouncy pixie (Zoe Margaret Colletti) and the seething elf (Jones) – while sarcastic villains (Sally Hawkins and Kristen Wiig) challenge Nicholas’s limits. giving spirit.

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Sometimes the amazing cast of characters and their jokes feel painfully familiar. (When the jovial elf declares, “This is resistance,” Miyaka snorts, “why, sanity?” As Nicholas’s father describes Elfhelm, his story comes to life in charming shadowy silhouettes around their hut. Likewise, when the film revolves between Nicholas’s snowy countryside and Aunt Ruth’s cozy bedroom, director Gil Kenan doesn’t cut it; it creates a smooth panning of the camera.

It is an elegant visual solution that emphasizes how the best stories – for both children and adults – are perceived as real and tangible. Believe in magic or not, A Boy Called Christmas may be a rare Netflix dish that rekindles the holiday spirit.

A boy named Christmas
PG rating. The duration of the performance is 1 hour 46 minutes. Watch on Netflix.

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