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Friday, December 3, 2021

“Twas the Fight Before Christmas” Review: A Not So Quiet Night

If there is heated controversy on your holiday dinner table this year, just rejoice if it doesn’t lead to real hand-to-hand combat with an armed confrontation in front of an exploding Santa Claus.

This is how bad things are in Twas the Fight Before Christmas, an Apple Original documentary that chronicles how Jeremy Morris, an Idaho lawyer, sued a neighbor’s homeowners’ association claiming religious discrimination was not allowed him to hold his annual christmas light. extravaganza.

Directed by Becky Reed, the film initially feels like a mundane portrayal of a neighborhood squabble, giving a poetic account of the harsh letters sent back and forth between Morris and the West Hayden Estates. But once Morris decorates his home with over 200,000 Christmas lights and orders a camel – yes, a live camel – for the yard, despite warnings not to do so, the stakes skyrocket.

Morris, who eats the screen in his on-camera interviews, has the tenacity of both a well-trained lawyer and a fanatic, positioning himself as a “miracle worker” unable to fully practice his Christian faith even as he makes life difficult for people. those who surround him. Read also interviews with many West Hayden Estates who are involved in mild reenactments that help expose the absurdity of the conflict.

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By the time the litigation comes to a close (for now), the film is more than ready to hint at the more serious political implications of Morris’s actions, and the lawyer expresses his desire to run for Senator. It is impossible not to wonder if Morris has already calculated the number of Christmas lights needed to illuminate the White House.

It was a fight before Christmas
Not rated. The duration of the performance is 1 hour 31 minutes. Watch on Apple TV +.

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