My favorite part of Christmas isn’t the presents or the parties or the holiday cheer. My favorite part is curling up under a warm fuzzy blanket and binging ooey, gooey, cheesy Christmas movies, specifically romantic movies. And you know who has way too many of them? Netflix. And do you know who has watched entirely way too many of them? Me. So, in regard to that, I’m going to list (and rate) some of the ones I’ve watched this year. Yes, I’ve watched all of these this year (and more) basically in like a 1-2 week span at the end of November. (Hold the applause and horror please.) I haven’t even watched one since December started (whoops.) So, as not to delay, here we go.
Christmas Inheritance – 5/5 stars
I have to say this is my absolute favorite one. It’s just so cute and sweet and hits all the right emotional triggers to turn me into a big ole sap. I cannot recommend this movie enough. I mean, let me state that I watched this movie twice last year and already once this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if I watched it again before 2019.
A Christmas Prince – 4/5 stars
I like this one quite a lot too. It’s a sweet story, with friendships built and love discovered. The main plot is a little bit of a cliché, but it was enjoyable to watch none the less. Enough people liked it that they released the sequel this year; A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. I can’t wait to watch it and see how it all pans out! These two movies would make a great double feature.
The Princess Switch – 2.5/5 stars
Ugh. The premise of this movie has been done a thousand and 5 times (there’s even two Barbie movies based on the same plot). That alone was not reassuring to me going in. The only difference was this film had Vanessa Hudgens as the main role instead of Barbie. Overall, it was bearable and kind of cute, but ultimately unrealistic, especially the ending.
Christmas Wedding Planner – 1/5 stars (DNF)
This is another bad one. I had my doubts, but I saw someone on bookstagram recommend it. Yeah, I regret that. The main character has a near-constant inner monologue going, which would be okay if it wasn’t such a try-hard-be-assertive-Ms.-confidence voice. It was too much for me and I had to bail like 20-30 minutes in.
Christmas with a View – 2/5 stars
Oh my god. Do not get me started on this movie. It was so bad. It was like watching a train wreck in progress-hard to watch but impossible to turn away. In addition to that all of the dialogue was very awkward and stilted. It made me cringe to watch it. An hour and half long cringe. Ultimately, I had to bail on the last 5% of the movie. I just couldn’t bare it.
The Spirit of Christmas – 4/5 stars
okay this one was another bookstagram recommendation. I think that the recommendation used the wording “the hottest guy ever created” or similar, and to be honest that was enough for me to check it out. The premise is unique and a bit strange, but it works. The characters were charming and realistic and heartwarming. I like that this movie has a little bit more to it than the run-of-the-mill romance film.
The Holiday Calendar – 3/5 stars
This movie had a quirky and original premise, but ultimately fell short. It had all the aspects of being good movie, but it failed to inspire an emotional connection with the character. I just didn’t care about the characters. They didn’t build any attachment to them. They didn’t inspire me to care at all.