Wednesday, December 18, 2019

'Tis the Season - The Knight Before Christmas (2019)

Streaming Service: Netflix
Movie Name/Year: The Knight Before Christmas (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Length: 92 minutes
Rating:  TV-PG
Production/Distribution: Netflix, Motion Picture Corporation of America, ABC Medical Service
Director: Monika Mitchell          
Writer: Cara J. Russell
Actors: Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Isabelle Franca, Ella Kenion, Jean-Michel Le Gal, Arnold Pinnock, Scott Ryan Yamamura, Harry Jarvis

Blurb from IMDb:  A medieval English knight is magically transported to the present day where he falls for a high school science teacher who is disillusioned by love.

Cat’s Point of View:
This is such a busy time of year. Sometimes it just seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything that needs to be done – especially when it’s less than a week away from Christmas.

I was so very glad for this movie to offer a bit of pleasant escape after a long day. I had high expectations from the outset based on the trailer and the cast I recognized. I have to say, I was not disappointed. Not only was The Knight Before Christmas a welcome respite from the day, but it kept a smile on my face throughout.

Netflix was also sneaky and slipped a few Easter eggs into this film that reference other Netflix Original holiday movies. Okay, perhaps they weren’t on the subtle side of sneaky. The blurb that Netflix provides owns up to one of them and encourages viewers to figure it out. I caught 2 outright while watching this first time. I’m going to need to watch again to spot the others.

I certainly don’t mind watching this again. I haven’t even removed it from my list because that second viewing may very well happen before Christmas. I wasn’t able to watch with my teen this time, but I think she’d get a kick out of this film.

The rating of TV-PG does seem appropriate here, but only due to some very mild language. The word ‘douche’ gets bandied around a bit. Other than that, it’s rather a wholesome family movie. You really can’t get much more wholesome than a knight’s chivalric code, after all.

I would give The Knight Before Christmas a hearty recommendation for anyone just in the mood to smile along with a nice holiday-themed movie. (As a side note, I now have new #goals for Christmas decorations. The set pieces were absolutely gorgeous.)

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 48%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score –  None
IMDB Score – 5.5/10
CinemaScore – None

Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 4/5

P.S. There is an additional scene during the credits.

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