You have to agree, the best way to get into the festive spirit is curling up with a fluffy blanket and a hot chocolate to watch a Christmas film. As much as I love rewatching the classics – Elf, for example – my absolute favourite thing is watching a film for the first time and thankfully, Netflix has released three new Christmas RomComs this year. Soooo, I took it upon myself to watch them all, so you don’t have to – unless you want to, which you probably will – and to celebrate the 9th day of Blogmas, I thought I’d share my thoughts with you!
The Holiday Calendar
This one was an interesting idea – Abby, an aspiring photographer, is given an antique Advent Calendar by her granddad and quickly realises it seems to be magical. And of course, there’s a cheeky love triangle, because would it even be a Christmas film if there weren’t?
This was sweet; the plot was weak and the timeline was quite confusing but there were some really strong character developments, and it was nice to see a storyline that hadn’t been done 500 times before and a strong female lead – Abby is so witty I love her. It had a lovely homely charm to it, whilst being quite humorous and I’d definitely watch it again! Overall I’d rate it 8/10
The Princess Switch
This film was so dreadfully unoriginal it was almost laughable. It definitely had notes of Monte Carlo and the Parent Trap but with a Christmas twist, and the same royal intruder plot hailing from last year’s success The Christmas Prince. Except this time the princess (technically, she’s a duchess) convinces the non-Princess to switch places so that she can experience “normal life” and (spoiler alert) rather predictably, they end up falling in love with each other’s significant others. And it’s utter chaos. Buuuut there’s a happily ever after of course.
So, unoriginal plot? Tick. Royalty? Tick. Christmas? Tick (side note, I’m definitely spending Christmas in Belgravia, it’s basically a festive paradise). Oh and they managed to throw in some baking so extra points for the cupcakes. Still only gets 4/10, and even then that’s only because I was vaguely entertained by Vanessa Hudgens’ attempt at a British accent. (Another side note – why do these obscure European royals always have British accents?!)
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Finally! A year later and we got a sequel! And it was just as trashy as the first one – if not even more! Honestly, this film is the epitome of so-bad-it’s-good, and I am so here for it. The only thing that was missing was we seemed to get to see a lot less of Richard and Amber together. Pretty much all of the chemistry between them was gone and for like nine tenths of the film he was too busy being King to spend any actual time with her. I kinda wish there’d been some kind of epic-plot twist and they’d ended up not getting married/Amber had fallen in love with someone else/Richard had a secret wife somewhere else, because it kinda lacked drama but that’s fine, because it wouldn’t be much of a Christmas film if it hadn’t had a happy ending. Even if her wedding dress was hideous. 6/10
Have you watched any of these films? What were your thoughts? Are there any other films you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments and give this post a like if enjoyed it. I can’t believe how fast Blogmas has gone – it feels like just yesterday that I was posting my Christmas Gift Guide! I’ll see you on Wednesday for another festive upload.
Hannah Beth xx