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Five Netflix Original films to watch this Christmas

Saturday, 5 December 2020

 

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A new year, a new festive season. That can only mean one thing, it’s time to make the Bailey’s hot chocolate and curl up with the latest cheesy picks from your favourite streaming platform! I’ve not seen all Netflix has to offer yet this year, but what I have seen so far only has me excited for the other new additions.

 

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Now at first, this film haunted me with the ghosts of my riverdale watching past. (For anyone not familiar with the CW show, Jingle Jangle is their weird drug of choice that takes centre stage in series 3.) Riverdale aside, this film was firmly at the top of my must watch list after I saw Jas from rave about it on twitter. Jingle Jangle is a Christmas fantasy musical that tells the story of Jeronicus Jangle (Forest Whitaker) in the most beautiful way, adding just that special hint of magic we all need especially in a 2020 Christmas.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again

Starring Vanessa Hudgens, the sequel to the Princess Switch is all you need for a fun night in. Following on a year from where the last film left off, American Vanessa Hudgens is happily married to her dream prince of a small European principality. She has sworn to her husband that she would never switch again with her Duchess Doppleganger, however this all changes when another lookalike shows up to ruin the party! Fun and light hearted, this film does not disappoint as you can clearly see the actors had just as much fun making the film as we do watching it. The classic hallmark moment that has you loving Vanessa Hudgens just as much as you did back when she played Gabriella Montez.

Christmas on the Square

The first entry on the list that I actually haven’t watched yet, but I am beyond excited to sit down and watch what I can only assume will be a masterpiece. The second musical on this list, but the first starring Dolly Parton? As an angel no less?? The angel going toe to toe with Christine Baranski, this is a film where the vocals are sure to not disappoint. The story too looks good in a Christmas Carol-esque way of how love and the spirit of those around you can warm even the coldest of hearts, making it the kind of joy we need, now more than ever.

Klaus

A favourite of mine from last year, Academy Award Nominated Klaus. Klaus creates an alternative history to the origins of Santa Claus, one that creates a story set around a postman stationed in an island town who befriends a recluse toymaker. The story is a beautiful uplifting tale and the animation is simply stunning, truly deserving of being the first Netflix animated feature to be nominated for the academy award.

Christmas Chronicles: Part 2

Just as fun as the first, Christmas Chronicles 2 is not one to disappoint. Like the first one, Christmas Chronicles 2 works largely because of Kurt Russell being cast as Santa Claus. The added bonus of Goldie Hawn acting alongside her husband as Mrs Claus creates more reason for the sequel, bringing natural chemistry to the couple. The film once again follows Kate, now a teenager, as she runs away from a family holiday but gets waylaid by a nefarious elf Belsnickel. (When I read this my brain did immediately think It was Dwight Schrute in costume again, will have to see) Will they save Christmas from the Dwight-a-like? Only this movie will tell.

There you have it, 5 picks old and new for Christmas this year on Netflix. What are you looking forward to watching this festive season?


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