A Boy Called Christmas Movie Review

A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS - Official Trailer (2021)

PLOTBased on the 2015 book of the same name, the story serves as a reinvention of the Santa Claus story and follows a boy with a loyal pet mouse and reindeer by his side, setting out on an extraordinary journey to find his father. you are on a quest to discover the legendary village of Elfhelm.

REVISION: Sometimes it’s hard for me to review movies that I’m clearly not the target audience for, so when I walked into A Boy Called Christmas, I was hoping to sit at the keyboard and tell everyone that this is a Christmas story that wasn’t for me. , but your kids might like it. Well color me surprised because once the credits A boy named Christmas began to roll, I found myself caught up in her whimsical charms. The film is very much aimed at a younger audience but, like many Christmas movies, it taps into something inside of us that only someone with a heart of stone could dismiss as not being worth their time. It’s not like A boy named Christmas It will be in their daily movie rotation, but as one that will be reviewed once a year, Netflix should be proud that it could be a newer offering worth including in the mix with. Home alone or A christmas story.

Directed by Gil Kenan, the director behind The Criminally Underrated Monstrous houseOne of the greatest strengths in the film’s arsenal is the immersive power of its storytelling. Kenan has mentioned that he felt driven to direct the film because he was paralyzed by Matt Haig’s novel of the same name and that is completely evident in Kenan’s approach. There is a sense of magic that Kenan captures and that is through a mix of captivating imagery and the genuine nature of the Christmas spirit. The story is told in much the same way as the stories we grew up with. Aunt Ruth (Maggie Smith) frames the story by telling her granddaughter and nephews today about a boy named Nikolas (Henry Lawfull), a poor boy from medieval Finland. Nikolas is full of the generous spirit that was bestowed on him by his father Joel (Michiel Huisman) and is also immersed in a story of his own. Her father frequently retells a story about a young girl named Lumi and her journey to a magical land named Elfhelm. The land of Elfhelm intrigues Nikolas and he soon sets out on a journey of his own to find it when the king (Jim Broadbent) orders the villagers to travel beyond the borders of his kingdom to bring back something that inspires some hope. Joel sets out on the journey because his family needs the money and soon, after weeks have passed since his father returned, Nikolas leaves to locate his father and perhaps bring some of that hope with him.

The whole heart of A Boy Called Christmas belongs to Henry Lawfull’s Nikolas. We believe in your optimism and we admire your courage. There are several obstacles in his way, be it his truly terrible Aunt Carlotta (Kristen Wiig) or Sally Hawkins’ Mother Vodal, whose astonishing delivery of wicked dialogue should be enough to break Nikolas’s spirit, but she remains unshakable in her quest for the spirit. of Christmas. He could give hope to the most cynical person and a lot of credit goes to the way newcomer Henry Lawfull portrays him with such confidence.

Another delight of the film is its beautiful images. When Joel Elfhelm talks to Nikolas, his words come to life in charming shadow silhouettes around his cabin and, similarly, every time the film moves from Nikolas’s snowy terrain and the current setting of Aunt Ruth’s bedroom, Kenan does not cut and creates a perfect Panoramic of the camera that never takes you out of the story. It also shows us how some of our best stories, for kids and adults alike, are experienced as real and tangible. Nothing in the film’s visual palette feels artificial. If the goal is to make you believe in magic, you’ve done your job.

Mixed in with all the hope of a Christmas miracle, there is truly hilarious voice-over work from Stephen Merchant as Miika the Mouse. Miika is Nikolas’ traveling companion on this journey and provides the film with most of its comic relief. Merchant does a great job of making Miika feel like a living, breathing character that wasn’t created on a computer. The dialogue exchanges between Miika and Nikolas feel organic and the character offers a certain lightness when the film briefly goes to darker places. While the movie never threatens to lose its whimsical goodness, there are moments that pay off on an emotional level and offer some of the saddest moments in the movie.

Despite knowing how this will end from the moment it begins, A boy named Christmas it’s too charming to dismiss as a distraction and you really have to be a little gross not to be seduced, at least a little bit. The movie doesn’t reinvent the genre in any way, but it does just enough to put you in the holiday spirit.


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