Let It Snow premiered on Netflix on November 8th and was looking to cause a snowstorm in the hearts of hopeless romantics.
“Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances” was a book originally written by, the Nicholas Sparks for teenagers, John Green as well as Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson.
The film follows a movie style similar to “Love Actually”, “Valentine’s Day” and “New Years Eve” in which an ensemble cast have story lines that all intertwine by the end of the movie. But replace Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson with young adults.
Although the cast are all fresh faced and young, they are seasoned actors with quite a few credits to their IMDB pages, so if you’re wondering “why are these kids so familiar?” you’re not alone.
Netflix’s “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” star Kiernan Shipka plays the character Duke in the “Kim Possible/ Ron Stoppable friend zone” storyline opposite Mitchell Hope. You might recognise Hope as the “ridiculous” singer from Kenny Ortega’s Disney Channel Original movie Descendants. But if you’re over the age of nine you might not know who he is at all.
They have a feel good storyline of how the boy gets the girl, who has been there the whole time, set to a duet of the Waterboys “The Whole of the Moon”. “Let It Snow” is laced with romantic clichés but watching those two realise their feelings for each other over a church organ. Cue tears.
The fanfic/Wattpad/13 year old in their bedroom listening to One Direction storyline could have been a disaster if it wasn’t for Isabela Merced. The cringy idea of a famous singer falling in love with you in the space of a few hours, because they got stranded in your hometown, had train wreck written all over it – and yet somehow she saved it.
Merced, who has also appeared in “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”, was passionate and believable which might not sound like much but in young adult movies these qualities make rare appearances. Also the fact that Shameik Moore’s singing character Stuart was a 20 year old adult man and not a 16-year-old with a guitar made my heart happy.
The new storyline that was not in the original book was hard to watch, not due to bad acting but because it was poorly developed and awkwardly scripted. If the intention of this storyline was to make the viewer feel uncomfortable, then mission accomplished.
It represented the very real struggle in the LGBTQ+ community of dating someone who isn’t openly out to their friends or family. This is a very sad reality that a lot of people live daily but watching Dorrie the diner girl get humiliated again and again was difficult.
Overall, the film was watchable and fun with that perfect mindless Christmas quality. However one area that should have been explored more was Joan Cusack’s Tin Foil Woman. Who is she and why is she wearing tin foil?
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