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12 Days of Christmas Movies on Netflix: The Knight Before Christmas

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not the time of year when you get together with friends, family and everyone you love to celebrate, and carry on another year by exchanging expensive gifts and drinking a lot. We’re talking about the time of year when it’s socially acceptable to watch Christmas movies.

Sure, since busy movies is something you do in the privacy of your own home—and don’t worry, we’re not here to shy away from your movie choices—you can technically watch Christmas movies any time of year and no one would be wiser, except maybe when you get caught singing Winter Wonderland while shopping at CVS in April. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.

The Christmas movie is a long tradition, and they run the gamut from stunning classics like “A Christmas Story” to modern favorites like “Elf.” There are dramas, raucous comedies, cartoons, stop-motion, and musicals — even action thrillers — so there’s probably a Christmas movie out there for you, even if you don’t celebrate the holiday yourself. This is especially true if we expand the definition of “Christmas movie” to include titles like “Die Hard,” but that’s an entirely different story for another day.

Outside of mainstream theatrical holiday movies, there have also been masterpieces made for television, most notably the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies (and to a lesser extent Lifetime Christmas movies). These… are less reliable and often fall into the kind of movies you’d normally expect to find on those channels.

But in the last three out of four years, a new kind of Christmas movie has been created: the Netflix Christmas Movie™️ (or NCM for short). And just like their regular content, they’ve been producing NCM templates at a fast pace. Sure, there are plenty of great Hallmark and Lifetime movies also available on Netflix, but the streaming giant already has multiple trios of its own, as well as others that have sequels and spin-offs and even some that are in the same cinematic universe, the Netflix Christmas Movie Universe, a world that will continue to expand until we reach to singularity when all the known universe is consumed by Netflix or the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But for this exercise, we’ll stick with the Netflix originals. We will review it. Not all of them, but 12 of them (more technically because we’ll be putting threes together) over the next two weeks as we bring you 12 Days of Netflix Christmas Movies. So sit back, have a cup of hot chocolate (or eggnog if you prefer) and let’s get started…

[NOTE: All of what follows comes with the disclaimer that I’m full aware I’m reviewing Netflix Christmas movies and not Academy Award contenders, so when I say something is “a good movie” it’s all relative. And as a reminder, while this movie may be family friendly, this review isn’t. It also contains some spoilers but, come on, it’s a Netflix Christmas movie.]

Review length of tweets: “Two hours, two hot cocoa and yet there’s still research on the horizon.” This is a quote from the movie and how I felt after watching it.

You may learn about: Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”); Emmanuel Chriqui (“Entourage”)

the plot: A 14th century knight named Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) is taken to 2019 by an old witch to complete his quest before Christmas to become a “true Knight”. Unfortunately, he doesn’t understand 21st century life and doesn’t know what his quest is…or why he has to go to the future to make it happen. But fear not, on his first night in a small Ohio town, local teacher Brooke Winters (Hudgens) hit him while crossing the street—you know, because he doesn’t know what the car is.

Although he wears full armor (which may frankly be the only reason for his survival) and wields a sword, and has no form of identification, she invites him to stay with her while he recovers from the accident, believing that he is a knight of 1334 Norwich just a case of missing out. memory. Did we mention she lives alone? Fortunately, it was fine for Mrs. Winters this time, but in an alternate version of this movie, there is an alternate on her desk the next morning when she brings her students to class.

From there, Cole does what the Knights do best and cruises through town performing equestrian duties in the hopes that each one will fulfill his quest by the Christmas deadline. This includes helping Brooke’s sister (Chriqui) find her missing daughter and offering to dismember and dismember a teenage pickpocket he’s hunting in a town square, all while never giving up hope that he might reunite with his horse (sweetheart?) Sherwyn. In the end, Cole learns that his true quest was the Hudgens whom he met along the way.

What makes it awful: As far as weird Netflix Christmas movies go, there aren’t on him bad here. I mean, you basically know what you’re getting into based on the absolutely terrible headline. And the plot sure zigzags for 90 minutes as Cole tries to figure out what his quest is rather than trying to make it happen – even though it’s quite obvious to the viewer that falling in love He is The mission – but there are enough funny moments to distract you from that fact. Watching people from the past trying to figure out new technology is always funny, and you can waste a lot of time wondering how long Cole would go without any fortifications.

However, if we are to be precise – that’s why we’re here after all – we can point out the fact that the whole premise of this movie makes absolutely no sense. Don’t delve into the weeds of Old-Crone-In-The-Woods here, but when Cole stumbles upon the witch, she sends him into 2019 and the only way he can get back is by completing his quest before Christmas Day. Cole does this by falling in love with Brooke. And then he is immediately transported back to the year 1334 – a full 650 years before his true love was born? what a hell? What is the point of all this? why would who – which be his endeavour? And why the hell do I need to go into 2019 to fall in love? There were no women in the thirteenth century AD? Or because they had no choice at the time?

[Note: They actually try to explain that he did have a “fair maiden” back in the 1300s but he could not be with her until he fulfilled his quest. And yeah, I could see how that’s difficult since his quest is falling in love with another woman.]

Anyway, if you can get past that — and if you’re OK with watching a movie about a time-traveling knight in the first place, you probably can — it’s not the worst way to spend 90 minutes.

What makes it good: First, while this isn’t even in the 3 best Christmas movies on Netflix (we’ll get to those in a bit), Vanessa Hudgens is always great. And while I didn’t know who Josh Whitehouse was before that, it was actually pretty funny—it was adapting to life in the future (present?) pretty much making the movie.

Beyond that, this movie hits all the Christmas movies.

✅ dead parents
A widow/widow who cannot cover her expenses

The poor child whose family cannot afford what they want

Wealthy family who can afford it but don’t buy it

✅ the
You have to do this before you threaten Christmas Eve or something else
✅ Ex-boyfriend

✅ Kids who seem to figure things out before adults

✅ Snowy dinner scene

✅ Christmas tree shopping
The town bands together to accomplish some charitable events

Perhaps the best part about this movie is that it helps create the NCMU (Netflix Christmas Movie Universe). That’s right, there’s a cinematic world here because if you thought Netflix was afraid of cross-promotion, you must be new to these parts. In any case…

While decorating the tree, Hudgens’ character refers to an ornament her parents acquired in Aldovia, the fictional country in the Netflix “A Christmas Prince” trilogy (which we’ll review later in this series). But wait there is more. Remember when we said this wasn’t in the top three at Hudgens? That’s because this honor belongs to the “Princess Switch” trilogy, the third installment of which came out earlier this year (and will also be reviewed soon). In that series, Hudgens plays – wait for it – three different versions of herself, none of whom are sisters in some way. And in the second “Princess Switch” movie, the couple appeared from “A Christmas Prince”.

If all this is a little confusing, all that matters is this: It basically asserts that all seven of these movies (“The Knight Before Christmas,” “The Princess Switch” trilogy, and “A Christmas Prince”) all take place in the same Universe. This means that there are at least four Hudgens running there.

There is also a reference to two other NCMs in the scene where Sir Cole and Brooke’s Gluttony films. There’s a clip from “The Holiday Calendar,” which we’ll be reviewing on Friday, and “Holiday in the Wild,” which is one of the NCM models we’ll be reviewing that I haven’t seen yet. It looks really bad.

Evaluation: On a scale from a partridge in a pear tree to 12 drummers, I give these eight maids milking.

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