“The Knight Before Christmas” Review

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“The Knight Before Christmas” Review

Lauren Curtis, Newspaper Editor-in-Chief

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It’s that time of year again. It’s cold outside, and everyone wants to cozy up to a fire and watch Christmas movies. On Nov. 21, 2019, “The Knight Before Christmas” was released, and became a fan favorite on Netflix. It’s about a knight who time travels to 2019 because an Old Crone sent him to fulfill his “quest” of opening up his heart. Of course, he falls in love with a beautiful, loving, and charismatic young woman. How? She hit him with her car. 

 

I don’t know if it’s just me, but if someone were to hit me with their car, I would try to stay far away from them. Besides that, he stayed with this stranger for a couple of days (AGAIN after she hit him), and coincidentally fell in love with her. However, the actors truly made the movie come to life with their chemistry. The producers gave their characters, Brooke and Sir Cole, a lot of time throughout the movie to fall in love. It was cute, and even had me on the edge of my seat waiting for their first kiss. Although it’s cliche, and just another take on the classic Christmas romance movie, but they did include some traditional seasonal festivities. 

 

The most heart-warming scene is when everyone in town came together and gave a struggling, single dad money and presents for his kids. The Christmas spirit was truly brought to life in this scene, and although it wasn’t a major scene in the movie, it still felt important. Most of the “traditions” that the movie shows is almost forgotten about as you’re watching, but then they bring it up again, and in the cutest way! For example, one of Brooke’s family traditions is her mom always hid something in the tree for her to find. Towards the end of the movie, after Sir Cole returned home, she was putting away her tree and found this ornament that he made for her! Although we learn a lot about Sir Cole, I felt like I didn’t know much about other characters. 

 

Throughout the movie the audience sees a well-developed knight, however, I feel like I didn’t know much about other characters. All I can remember about Brooke is she’s a caring teacher who doesn’t believe in true love. Of course that changes when she meets Sir Cole, but that’s really all of the development for her character. The other characters may have played a smaller role in the movie, but still they almost felt unimportant and like they were just thrown into it. I wish I could have learned more about the characters, and what exactly made them who they are. I feel like the idea of their characteristics were there, they just didn’t thoroughly plan it in the movie, along with other things.

 

I don’t know much about history, but when they show Sir Cole in his time period, it looks more like a fairytale than reality. The history of knights that the producers were trying to come across was absolutely missed. Like when he was tracking the girls that are missed, how do you know what a glove mark looks like? Or how to crawl across the ice like a snail? Or even how to drive and not crash a car? They really tried almost too hard to make him like a knight, therefore making it not feel as realistic as they wanted. 

 

Overall, even with this being said, “The Knight Before Christmas” was worth the watch. Of course, Christmas is a magical time of the year and the movie does prove that point many times in the 90 minutes. Although there was a lot of technical problems with the movie, and even some problems with the plot, it is a feel-good movie perfect for this time of the year.