Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Dec 2020)
Brief Synopsis – As the holiday’s approach, an extended family deal with all of their personal issues.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it recently.
The movie is quite fun to watch and manages to work really well largely due to the great cast that is filled with so many talented actors and actresses who help make things work so well.
They are able to interact really well with one another and it fees like they are a real extended family.
The family dynamics between the characters are quite refreshing to watch especially since the different conflicts that the characters need to deal with feel quite realistic.
They manage to make things feel so realistic on every branch of the family tree as presented here.
They are able to take some usual family tropes presented in films like this one and somehow make them feel unique in all that happens.
The movie has a great message about the importance of family that works on numerous levels along the way.
Steve Martin is great in the role of the narrator who is a pseudo member of the family looking at things from a very strange perspective.
The most memorable scenes are the ones when various family members sing Christmas Carols because it helps remind of us the true meaning of the holiday season along with the ability to really listen to the words of the songs.
Bottom Line – Really fun film that works really well. The cast is superb and they all interact so well over the course of the story. The family dynamics are refreshing to watch and the various conflicts that these characters deal with feel very realistic on each branch of the family tree. The story is able to take some normal family tropes and make them feel unique based on how things play out here. The film’s message about family over everything comes across really well especially when they all sing Christmas carols through the course of the film. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Eleanor tells Joe Bailey he’s like Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). His own surname is the same as the family in that movie. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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