Netflix is all set for another ‘Holiday Cheer’! It is all equipped for a prodigious visual treat for this Christmas season. With its romantic, comic festive greetings Netflix has updated a new and latest of must-watch Christmas specials 2020. Let’s check it out!
In an era of competition, the upsurge that Netflix has to offer in terms of new releases is humongous. Hallmark, Amazon Prime, Hulu and a lot more are in the same field making their own paths, struggling enough to reach the top. It is in this constant threat and vies, Netflix has come up with its Holiday cheers!
Netflix started premiering its new Christmas movies back in October with the release of Holidate, starring Emma Roberts (and a shocking number of annual holidays). Since Holidate came snarking onto the scene, the streaming service has debuted at least one merry movie per week. We’ve gotten original family movies like The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two and the continuation of a classic Netflix rom-com with The Princess Switch: Switched Again.
The latest list of must watch Netflix Christmas specials 2020 is as follows:
1. Operation Christmas Drop
“Operation Christmas Drop” a tale from the wintry Midwest that seems to be the default set for every other holiday flick. Here we are transported to Guam, where briskly efficient congressional aide Erica Miller (Kat Graham, of “The Vampire Diaries”) has been dispatched to investigate and possibly defund the local Air Force base. Obviously, this puts the base’s Christmas tradition of parachuting supplies to thousands of islanders at risk. Erica’s local guide is the hunky Capt. Andrew Jantz (Alexander Ludwig), a freakishly nice guy who also happens to be single. The two meet semi-hostile but it doesn’t take long before the captain’s own Operation Charm succeeds and Erica lets down her hair, both literally and figuratively. As far as eye candy and holiday spirit go, “Operation Christmas Drop” does the job, which is enough to put it on the podium in this annus horribilis of Netflix Christmas movies.
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2. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’
“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” packs a lot into the movie’s title, including two character names and the dual ideas of something cute and something a little more heartwarming, with a touch of the spiritual. An imaginary world comes to life in a holiday tale of an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention that has the power to change their lives forever. Jangle is overjoyed, planning to manufacture one for every child in the world.
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3. ‘The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two’
Everything that went right for “The Christmas Chronicles” a couple of years ago began and ended with the casting of Kurt Russell as a funky Santa Claus with Kenny Rogers grooming and a sexy red shearling coat. Goldie Hawn turned up for a cameo as Mrs. Claus, and the good news is that her role has been beefed up in this year’s sequel. The bad news is that “Part Two” is jacked up on holiday juice and everything has been beefed up — more special effects, more elves, more plot. With Chris Columbus (of “Home Alone” fame) now at the helm, “The Christmas Chronicles 2” pairs the original’s plucky, precocious heroine Kate (Darby Camp) with Jack (Jahzir Bruno), the scaredy-cat son of Kate’s mom’s new boyfriend, and sends them up to the North Pole. The kids, however, are merely pawns in a nasty game played by Belsnickel (Julian Dennison), a disgruntled former employee of the Clauses, who has turned the elves into destructive gremlins. Never mind that the movie can’t even be consistent about Santa’s powers: Once again it all boils down to Russell, and once again he delivers.
4. ‘Midnight at the Magnolia’
Longtime friends and local radio hosts Maggie and Jack fake it as a couple for their families and listeners in hopes of getting their show nationally syndicated.Maggie (Natalie Hall) is dating a guy prone to wearing sweater vests, so you know that relationship is doomed — especially since astute viewers will have spotted the one true love standing right next to her: longtime best friend and confidante Jack (Evan Williams). After they are both dumped, Jack and Maggie pretend to be in love with each other for the sake of the radio show they co-host.
5. ‘Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square’
A woman who plans to sell a small town without regard for the people who live there receives a visit from an angel. And there is the miracle! Christine Baranski livens up, as is her wont, mediocre lines in this Dolly Parton musical, with Jenifer Lewis providing a barnstorming assist. On its own, this casting would have been enough to lift “Christmas on the Square” a few spots in this ranking. But the movie’s overbearing sanctimoniousness gets in the way, fogging up any camp goggles you might attempt to watch it with.
6. ‘The Princess Switch: Switched Again’
Vanessa Hudgens is up with the second sequel of ‘The Princess Switch! In the sequel, Stacy flies to Netflixworld Europe to attend Margaret’s coronation. Hudgens goes for a three-peat by also playing Margaret’s grifting cousin Fiona, and while she seems to have a bit more fun with Fiona than with her other two roles, one wishes she had gone all the way and channeled her performance from the decadent “Spring Breakers.”
“Holidate” does not have a single authentic moment, appealing character, or genuine laugh. It’s a would-be romantic comedy with neither romance nor comedy, an excruciating onslaught of unremittingly dull incidents slogging its way toward an utterly predictable conclusion. Just months ago, the year’s best romantic comedy, “The Broken Hearts Gallery” reinvigorated the genre with an adorable heroine, great supporting cast, and a fresh and funny storyline. “Holidate” is a reminder of how easy it is to get every aspect of a romantic comedy wrong.