The Knight Before Christmas

1 year! That is how long it took for my sisters to get me to watch The Knight Before Christmas. I like Christmas movies, but I have to be in the right mood to tolerate a Christmas romance (or any romance for that matter). Let’s just say when they finally got me to watch it this holiday season, I wasn’t in the “right mood.” In fact, I was in a pretty foul mood, but my sour mood was no match for Sir Cole & his fair lady Brooke.

The Knight Before Christmas is a cute, comedic story about a knight from the 1300s seeking to fulfill his quest and a present day school teacher who doesn’t believe in true love (a common theme in all romance stories, I know.) The fun begins when Sir Cole’s quest transports him out of Norwich and into present day Ohio. Let’s just say that it takes some time for a knight of the 1300s to adapt to 21st century customs, and it makes for some good laughs.

So if you need a lighthearted Christmas movie, check out Netflix’s The Knight Before Christmas.

The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)

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Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club is a modern re-telling of the books originally written by Ann M. Martin in 1986. What started out as a cute, innocent TV series about four girls trying to earn some extra money by baby sitting, quickly became a platform for today’s controversial topics.

While their are aspects of this show that I like – each episode (of the five I watched) is from the view point of a different baby sitter, and each sitter has a particular issue/struggle in their life that they are dealing with – the series is not one I will continue watching.

Sensitive Reader Alert: Episode 4, Mary Anne Saves the Day, openly addresses transgenderism as their is a young boy (6-8 years old) that Mary Anne is baby sitting who identifies as a girl.

How to Train Your Dragon (Movie)

I’d forgotten how good this movie was. I needed a pick-me-up yesterday and was craving a good story. This movie hit the spot. (Can movies hit the spot?)

Anyway, if you need a good family movie that will provide you with plenty of laughter as well as a great story, check it out (or rewatch it).

UP

Wow! What a difference 5 years can make!

I didn’t like Up the first time I saw it. But recently, I was craving a good animation. Tired of all my Disney Pixar regulars like Inside Out and Monster’s Inc., I decided to give Up a second chance. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it.

UP tells the story of an elderly man, Carl Fredricksen, who spirals into depression and bitterness upon the death of his wife, Ellie. Ellie and Carl dreamed of and went on many adventures over the course of their marriage. However, there was one adventure they never took, and that was Ellie’s dream trip to Paradise Falls. Feeling as if he failed his wife, Carl resolves to take Ellie, even if only in spirit, to Paradise Falls. Spurred to action by the threat of entering a retirement home, he attaches balloons to his house, causing it to rip from the ground and sail away.

Unbeknownst to Carl, one of the neighborhood kids, Russell, is on his porch when the house is ripped from the earth. Now, not only is Carl on a journey to South America, Russell is joining him. Russell’s enthusiasm and incessant chatter are not exactly what Carl had in mind when he set-off on this adventure. Russell is annoying, an obstacle in Carl’s path to fulfilling his wife’s dream. It is not until the end that Carl realizes dreams change, and sometimes, living with the one you love is the greatest adventure of all.

Aladdin (2019)

I saw this movie when it came out in theaters. Of all the Disney remakes thus far (with the exception of Dumbo which I haven’t seen), I like this one the best. I thought it stayed true to the original story*. Even though they added a solo for Jasmine, it fit the movie well, even if the style didn’t match 100%.

The actor who played Jafar did a good job. My only regret is that he didn’t get his solo. I was looking forward to hearing him sing Jafar’s song.

Overall, I was impressed, and while it is not one that I will buy. I will definitely watch it with my family now that it’s on Disney+.

*The Lion King remake seemed to follow the original movie as well; however, it was not one of my favorites growing up, and I was not as intimately familiar with it as I am Aladdin.