‘Happiest Season’, a holiday queer miracle indeed, says the viewers! Set in the backdrop of yuletide springs, the movie opened up the variegated paradigms of queer lives which is often hushed under the carpets. As far as the queer life is concerned, it can be read out as a monster movie about the horrors that can arise when socializing with straight people. Here’s a few best takeaways from the life of Abby(Kristen Stewart) and her partner Harper(Mackenzie Davis).
Written and directed by Clea DuVall,(previously directed the 2016 indie comedy “The Intervention”) this film marks her directorial debut on a major studio feature.
In an interview with People, Duvall said that she was inspired to make the film because queer Christmas stories are long overdue. “I’m a huge fan of Christmas movies, but I had never seen my story represented,” she said. “Happiest Season felt like a great opportunity to tell a universal story from a new perspective.” Released on November 25th the movie garnered a war welcome from all the movie geeks out there.
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Stewart, who often plays serious roles, shines like the top of the Rockefeller tree (well, 2019’s tree at least) in this comedy. She’s a perfect mix of adorable and awkward as Abby, who is trying not to let Harper’s deception bring her down. She has wonderful chemistry with Davis, providing a main couple you will be rooting for.Davis on the other hand brings a tender sweetness to Harper, who both fears the rejection of her family and craves her connection with Abby.
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Offering a fair share for all queer roller coasters out there, the movie ‘Happiest Season’ extensively meditates on the ups and downs of the marginalized, through the love life of Abby and Harper.Stewart plays Abby, a lesbian millennial who plans to propose to her girlfriend Harper on Christmas with Harper’s whole family as witnesses. But the happy go lucky life of the duo takes an unexpected turn since Harper’s parents and sisters are clueless about the homosexual identity of their daughter. It’s a sticky situation many LGBTQ people have found themselves in around the holidays. And hence it is highly relatable for many.It thus echoes how painful it can be for everyone involved, especially when the situation puts you right back in touch with those old shameful feelings.
Unlike every other queer movie so far, ‘Happiest Season’ attempted to pull off the facade of happy smiling face and unveil the real disdain of the queer community towered by people’s cheery conservatism where they are always forced to put on a smiling silent face. The blurt out moment of Harper -“I am scared that if I tell them who I really am, I will lose them,” and “I am not hiding you, I am hiding me”, in fact visually and verbally depicts the exacerbated condition of the queer group which is in reality governed by the fear of losing their loved ones.
The movie reverberates around the eternal life mantra ‘Be who you are’ and echoes the fact that it takes a lot of courage to open up who we really are since it may not be welcomed by the majority out in the social sphere.