I don’t know why I expected this movie to be good and I feel pretty dumb for it now. There were too many characters and all of them failed to be engaging or even really that likable. There was no interesting camera work or execution. If anything a lot of the acting was kind of…bad.
I think the reason this movie originally piqued my interest when I saw it on Netflix was because reading the synopsis reminded me of my last blog entry about romance tropes. I knew this was going to be filled with tropes- that’s kind of what I was hoping for, but the movie didn’t do anything with the tropes it used which made it feel souless and uninspired. I don’t think the creator’s cared about this one.
Alright let me take a quick step back. The movie isn’t… bad per say. It certainly doesn’t really do anything though. There’s no charm; there’s nothing that would make me want to watch this movie ever again.
There are two things I think the movie had going for it. One, the set. The snow-drowned town was beautiful (though I think better camera work could’ve really improved this feature) and I thought the “W” missing from Waffle Town’s sign so that it said “Affle Town” was really cute. I liked the diversity in the cast as well as characters, but because the story was so shallow and and not very well written, the diversity came across as an attempt to hide itself from being seen as a basic, bad romantic holiday film.
Also, apparently this was a book adaptation? Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances, written by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. I will say that I’ve seen some fans of the book saying the movie is nothing like the book. Yet, seeing John Green’s name attached to this does not surprise me, and if each writer was responsible for only one story line I could easily guess which one he wrote, but this isn’t about my potentially controversial opinions on John Green’s work this is about how this book being adapted into a movie was a doomed idea from the beginning. In book format, combining three different story lines could work. It runs risks of being messy, having consistency errors, and some story lines dragging the rest down, but it is possible to be done decently. It’s just hard. Doing the same thing in a movie format is even harder. I mean, adapting one book to film is hard enough let alone three. This thing was never going to be good.
And… yeah. I actually don’t have much else to say. There isn’t enough about it to make me genuinely hate it but there wasn’t anything that made me enjoy it either.
I don’t think I could recommend a movie less. There’s not much that would make you enjoy it but there isn’t enough wrong with it to make it worth hate-watching either. This one is a skip, guys.
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