It’s the most wonderful time of the year and one of my highlights is getting to watch the array of Christmas movies (problematic or not, I have a very special place in my heart for Love Actually). This year I decided to tackle Netflix’s lexicon of Christmas films so I can recommend to you what you should be watching this festive season.
The list will be updated as I make my way through the films:
3. The Holiday Calendar
Another former teen actress, this time Kat Graham stars in this family tale of finding one’s true potential. Abby inherits an antique Advent calendar which seems to be predicting the future.
Should I Watch It? Other than Kat Graham, the film also stars Quincy and Ron Cephas Jones, both of whom are excellent and play their roles well in the movie. However, this failed to grip as the plot was all over the place and nothing felt earned. It was a waste of a good cast.
2. The Princess Switch
Starring the ever-charming Vanessa Hudgens, The Princess Switch is the tale of the prince and pauper remade for the romcom loving audience. A week before Christmas, a baker and a duchess swop places and fall in love in the process.
Should I Watch It? Here’s the thing about Christmas movies, it’s all about the ‘feel good’ – no matter what the plot or acting is like, if it makes you feel good in the end, it is worth watching in my books. The Princess Switch meets that criteria. Yes, it’s extremely cliche, there will be moments where you will be sigh with exasperation, and Hudgens’ English accent lives a lot to be desired but with an adorable cast (with some notable exceptions), a hot sous chef and a foreign location, this will definitely give you the warm and fuzzies.
1. A Christmas Prince
This film was all the rage last year and I seemed to have missed that bus so I indulged in it this time around. Starring Rose McIver from iZombie it tells the story of Amber, a journalist who goes undercover to a foreign country of Aldovia to get the scoop on their dashing playboy prince who is poised to be King.
Should I Watch It? Listen this film is 100% what you expect from a Christmas movie, a mix of tropes swirled together to make this iconic holiday film. Why I liked this more than the others I’ve seen so far is the plot, no matter how predictable, it was cohesive and the twists had actual stakes that had me enthralled. I can’t wait to watch the sequel at the end of the month.
Read last year’s piece of my all-time favourite Christmas movies