Tuesday, December 27, 2022

#31DaysOfChristmas: A Boy Called Christmas


Watched on: Netflix
Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes
Originally aired: November 24, 2021
Directed by: Gil Kenan
Starring: Maggie Smith, Isabella O'Sullivan and Joel Fry
Please see IMDb for full cast and crew information.


An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story that proves nothing is impossible.


This movie has kind of a Princess Bride feel to it. It starts with a grandmother babysitting her grandchildren near Christmas time and telling them about how Christmas started. While this movie doesn't have the kind of Christmas magic I get from Hallmark movies, it was a feel good story, at least in the end. 

This kid grew up with his mom telling him stories of Elfhelm, a magical place, and the stories tell him exactly how to get there. When things are starting to look bleak for his homeland, the king tasks everyone with finding something to bring back hope. Nikolas' dad sets off with a crew of explorers to find Elfhelm, leaving Nikolas with his awful aunt. 

Going into any more detail would involve far too many spoilers, but I can say the story is plausible, as least as far as anything related to Christmas traditions is plausible. And there was a nice touch at the end that had me exclaiming "oh my gawd!" I'm honestly disappointed with myself for not watching this one sooner. 


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