My mum will literally not the leave the house until she has binged all of these
I personally hate Christmas films. I think my only exceptions are The Nightmare Before Christmas, Krampus and Batman Returns – which most argue is not a Christmas film. To them, I present this clip.
So festive. I know.
Traditional Christmas films are too predictable and too dated, if you ask me. Not to mention the same generic life lessons are repeatedly rammed down your throat so hard throughout that you’re practically gagging by the time you reach the end credits.
My mum, however, loves them.
She likes to wrap up warm in duvets and blankets, switch on Sky’s Christmas Channel (yep, it’s October, so that’s up and running now) and forget she has grown children still asking her for money.
So trust me, when she finds out about Netflix’s new festive offerings, she might just end up hibernating for winter and disowning us all.
I may not like festive films, but I do like Netflix. Especially Netflix Originals. So I must admit I’m a tad intrigued by the array of original movies Netflix just officially announced.
Let’s take a look at the new festive flick’s that have caught the internet’s attention.
And I’m going to check the attitude a bit and channel my own inner Tiny Tim for a while. After all, it’s Christmas (according to Netflix).
Tagline (cause everyone loves to eye-roll at a tagline): This holiday season, expect the unexpected.
Plot: In the third instalment in the Christmas Prince series, viewers will be transported back to Aldovia where a priceless artefact has been stolen, jeopardising a 600-year-old sacred truce between nations. Now, Amber has to unmask the thief before the clock strikes on Christmas Eve.
Release date: 5 December 2019
Imagine Meghan and Harry watching this together. Seriously. So meta.
Tagline: A modern-day romance with a modern twist.
Plot: Vanessa Hudgens plays a kind science teacher who has been disillusioned by love and Josh Whitehouse plays the cursed medieval knight she must help return to his time.
Release date: 21 November
Tagline: A romance off the beaten path.
Plot: A divorcée who embarks on a safari in Zambia rediscovers herself while working at a local elephant sanctuary. Starring Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe. A festive throwback and a half for the ’90s babies out there.
Release date: 21 November
Next we have Klaus, which stars Jason Schwartzman and Rashida Jones.
The animated film follows Jesper (Schwartzman), who is the postal academy’s worst student, and, as a result, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Jones), and discovers Klaus, a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys.
Tagline: Okay, so we couldn’t find one, but we’d bet our baubles there’s one coming (that’s not the tagline).
Plot: An epic snowstorm hits a small town on Christmas Eve. Based on the best-selling novel Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances and starring Kiernan Shipka, Mitchell Hope and Jacob Batalon.
Release date: 8 November
Then there’s Holiday Rush which features Weeds star Romany Malco as a popular New York radio DJ learning to reconnect with his kids.
And the festive fun doesn’t end there. Netflix are basically armed to the teeth with Christmas content. You’re never going to leave the house.
My mum won’t.
That’ll hit our screens on November 28th.
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Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens.