For a perfectly charming, sweet but slightly different Christmas movie, check out Let It Snow. Usually, we are bombarded with holiday films that revolve around single city girls that stumble across love somewhere in the mountains in a snow-covered inn. Or some variation of that. It's a perfectly acceptable Hallmark trope that gets dished out year after year.
Thankfully Netflix have decided to go a different route with Let It Snow. Instead of one story, we have four. All are set in the same town and based around four different relationships over the course of one day. The first is between Julie and Stuart (Shameik Moore) who meet on a train. Julie (Isabela Merced, Dora and the Lost City of Gold) is struggling with the idea that although she has gotten into Columbia University, she may have to defer as her mother is ill. Stuart is a very famous singer and trying to escape the trappings of fame if only for a day.
Next up is Addie (Odeya Rush) and her desperation to keep her boyfriend, who she thinks is about to dump her. After she has an argument with her best friend Dorrie about how ridiculous she is being, she is left stranded in the snow. That's when she meets Tin Foil Woman (Joan Cusack) who drives a tow truck and, as it happens, is a solid dispenser of wisdom!
Dorrie (Liv Hewson) has her own issues. She has recently met and fallen for Kerry so when she shows up with her friends at the diner where Dorrie works, things get a little awkward when Kerry doesn't exactly seem thrilled to see her.
And then there is Angie (Kiernan Shipka from Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina) and Tobin, who have been best friends since childhood. But Tobin (Mitchell Hope) is in love with Angie (she doesn't know) and now must stand back and watch as JP makes a play for her.
Will any of these lovelorn teens find love for Christmas? Let It Snow is actually a really good film. The characters are as normal as normal gets. Nobody is prancing around with perfect hair and make-up and the script isn't as corny or cheesy as tends to be the norm.
Of course, it's not going to win any awards, but Christmas movies rarely do. That said, it's well written, fun to watch and while it is a little cliched (ok it's a lot cliched) it's still a good watch and the soundtrack is excellent!