Let It Snow will certainly warm you up a little bit, but something about it seems very formulaic, and that keeps it from having holiday magic.
|Screenplay By||Laura Solon, Victoria Strouse. Kay Cannon|
|Date Released (Netflix)||11/8/2019|
|Genre(s)||Romance, Holiday, Comedy|
|Good If You Like||
|Duke (Angie)||Kiernan Shipka|
|Tin Foil Woman||Joan Cusack|
Plot Summary/ Review
It’s only a few days before Christmas, and like any ensemble movie, it means a major turning point in many people’s lives. For Tobin and Duke, real name Angie, there is the need to question if the two friends, who’ve known each other since they were 5, are meant to be something more or should JP, a college guy, make his move?
Following them, there is Julie, who wants to go to Columbia, was accepted, even has a scholarship, but her mother is sick, grandfather up in age, so she feels the need to stay behind. Though, after a day with superstar Stuart Bale, so comes the question if she should have hope? Also, whether Stuart may find more to do with his life than perform?
Leaving Dorrie and Addie. Addie is under the impression her boyfriend, Jeb, is cheating on her and as for Dorrie? She’s dealing with Kerry. Someone who is very hot and cold and with Dorrie really into her, she isn’t sure what is going on, and it is worth further pursuing.
Giving us quite a bit of drama for the town of Laurel, IL.
If You Like Teen Romance, This Is Right Up Your Alley
From childhood friends, someone who meets a celebrity, a girl who feels neglected to someone who is queer and finally found someone to connect to, pretty much we get a sample platter of what most teen romances are about. Of them, I’d say Stuart and Julie are the top ones, since there is depth there considering Julie’s home life and Stuart’s life beyond his celebrity. I’d also say Dorrie’s pursuit of Kerry might get you in your feelings, but her storyline does feel somewhere between being an obligation to downplaying the storyline, so it doesn’t feel like they are hyping things up.
As for the rest? Tobin and Duke highly rely on Shipka’s star power more than anything else, but watching them sing together is what will make you invested in their storyline. Leaving Addie… let’s just say there isn’t much Addie really adds to this movie.
On The Fence
After A Certain Point, It May Feel Like It Is Wearing Out Its Welcome
Despite being only 93 minutes, this movie will sometimes feel a bit long. That’s mostly due to the movie not necessarily having the kind of characters to really latch onto. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll like most of the characters, it is just most of them aren’t built for longevity. They are almost all built for one good scene, and then it feels like you’re waiting for them to get back that magic.
For example, Keon has one big moment in the beginning when his parents learn he was going to throw a party at their house, and from there, you get nothing. Then for the more prominent characters, outside of Duke and Tobin’s musical number, they are basic and fit a checklist formula. Heck, when it comes to nearly every character, they are so predictable that it makes you feel like you know the end within a half-hour. Thus making you feel like things are dragged out.
Like Any Ensemble Film, There Are Weaker Characters Than Others
When it comes to Addie, the Tin Foil Woman, and Keon as well, there feels like a lack of investment. For example, all the kids seem to be aware of the Tin Foil Woman, yet she is adamant about not explaining why she wears tin foil. Then there is Addie, who is very insecure and needy, and clearly has issues with her mother, but we don’t get the details on why.
And while for some that issue really hits hard, it is pretty much a universal issue. You get surface-level information, the kind you’d love some follow up on, yet it doesn’t happen. Instead, many rely on their star power to compensate for their thin characters.
Overall: Mixed (Divisive)
The main issue with Let It Snow is that it is very general. Each character is very familiar and could be pulled from any teen movie you can think of. Then, on top of that, while you can see the potential of depth, it completely bypasses that. Leaving you with a film that is certainly fun to watch, but will be forgotten before Christmas even hits.