It’s nearly the season to be jolly, unless you’re involved in bringing Best. Christmas. Ever! to the screen. With just 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, it looks like Netflix’s festive feel-good film is a frosty flop.
The Guardian used phrases including “shoddy seasonal slop”, “lackadaisical and low-rent” and “deranged” – tell us what you really think, Guardian reviewer! Meanwhile, Russ Simmons, KKFI-FM, wrote on Rotten Tomatoes that while it isn’t the worst movie ever “it’s close”.
Not all the reviews are quite so damning, but we’re going to give this one a steer and suffice to say it won’t be making our best Netflix Christmas movies list. Here’s what we’re watching instead on the best streaming service.
Last Call for Istanbul
Don’t get me wrong. I love a good holiday movie, but this Turkish treat looks much more like my kind of thing. Streaming on Netflix from November 24, it’s a typical rom-com setup. Two travelers cross paths after an unfortunate mix-up and discover they’re very attracted to one another – with an extra level of sharpness due to the fact that those travelers are both married. Advance word on this one is pretty great and it’s definitely on our to-view list.
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol
This animated adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic is a lot of family-friendly fun. Featuring Luke Evans as the curmudgeonly protagonist and Olivia Coleman as the ghost of Christmas past, it’s a nice retelling of a familiar story. It’s no The Muppets Christmas Carol – you’ll need Disney Plus for that and for other masterpieces such as talking-dog Christmas movie Santa Buddies – it’s still warm-hearted fun, showing that even the most cold heart can be warmed up.
Of course, you know the song. But do you remember the film? This 1954 epic is from Hollywood’s golden age, featuring a stellar cast including Bing Crosby (of course), Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. It’s dated, of course, but it’s still spectacular and the soundtrack is wonderful….
“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” —William Arthur Ward