Holiday Movie Review: Let It Snow
Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Isabela Moner, Joan Cusack
Streaming on Netflix (new for 2019)
A snowstorm hits a small midwestern town on Christmas Eve, bringing together a group of highschool students. They soon find their friendships and love lives colliding, and Christmas morning, nothing will be the same.
Let It Snow is based on a book by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle which delighted me because I have read things by 2 of those authors and enjoyed them as well. This movie did not disappoint (although there have been some reviews that it was a waste of time, eh, you can’t please everyone). This movie I can best categorize as Love Actually meets Empire Records meets Big Lewboski. I will explain below.
First, the cast is a virtual who’s who of buzzy young actors. Just the ones I recognized right off- Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Jacob Batalon (Spiderman), and Liv Hewson (Santa Clarita Diet). And let’s not forget Joan Cusack as a kooky tin foil wearing town tow truck operator - because snow and people and cars equals the need for vehicular assistance. But she also doles out advice (solicited or not) with the wisdom of “The Stranger” from Big Lebowski. And no matter how confusing she may be, but there’s a nugget of truth there. And lastly, I must mention D’arcy Camden (The Good Place) who plays a very small role as a publicist for a young singer. Anything D’arcy does is amazing and even for the brief time she appeared I was super excited.
So the movie takes place 50% of the time in the Waffle Town (which they pronounce as Awful Town as the W has fallen off - very Empire Records - must fix the sign). Some of the characters work there, and some just pass through once or twice during the course of the movie. But I thought the way the storylines connected was pretty entertaining, keeping in mind other people did not like this movie and thought it was boring. Not me. I watched it again with the fam the day after my first viewing. But then again, I like ensemble casts with a script that is quirky and characters that make me connect and care about them.
Bottom line: if you like rom coms and friendship movies with fun plot points…. This one is one to try.