5/10 As I selected three original Netflix Christmas movies to watch/review leading up to Christmas Day, I didn’t realize that the first two would follow the same opening format. Both “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” and now “A Boy Called Christmas” both follow “The Princess Bride” in being movies that begin with adults reading a book to children and the story of said book is the movie we watch unfold. Despite that same starting off point, “A Boy Called Christmas” may not be anything special but is superior to “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”. This movie is rather heartwarming and children will definitely enjoy it. It has children (so kids can relate to it), adventure, chases, elves, pixies, trolls and plenty of visually stimulating stuff to hold a child’s attention span. The visual effects won’t win any Oscars but they get the job done with the budgetary constraints. I was impressed by how many big name and acclaimed British actors popped up in the cast and even though the script/material only gives these actors so much to work with, it was still fun seeing such acclaimed thespians pop up in a children’s Christmas tale. The movie is cute and has some nice moral messages for the kids who will watch this. I thoroughly enjoyed how they connected the movie’s plot to how Christmas came to be. As you might surmise from the movie’s title, as the story unfolds we find out how Christmas used to only be an Elvish holiday but by the time the movie ends, you see how all of the magical Christmas traditions get brought over to us humans, which was well done. As for what didn’t work, the movie isn’t extremely memorable and certainly won’t become any kind of Christmas classic. Most of the production aspects like direction, cinematography, score, etc. are just average. They aren’t bad in any way but they don’t stand out as being well done either. The cast is pretty sprawling but most characters have such limited screen time that they get no character development and their entire character just consists of one personality trait. The movie’s villain has a couple of lines that felt like the movie shoving some political propaganda into its messaging and while children won’t understand any of that, it still feels gross to force it into a children’s Christmas movie. Individual moments also don’t make any sense. We are told that a group of bad men kidnap an elf but only elves can see the hidden elf village so how exactly did these men even find the village in the first place and manage to get in undetected to the point of pulling off a kidnapping plot without the dozens of elven guards stopping them? Another moment has our protagonist escaping out of a draw bridge and a flying pixie acts like she can’t go with them because she gets stuck behind the closed bridge. The only problem with this is the fact that she can fly and could have easily just flown up or around the bridge to go join them. Moments like these took me out of the movie with some lazy screenwriting but your children obviously won’t think twice about it. In the end, we get a mediocre Christmas movie that your kids will surely enjoy but if you are an adult and your kids are watching this, feel free to take a nap since you won’t be missing much.

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