Holiday Movie Review: A Knight Before Christmas
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Streaming on Netflix
A medieval English knight is magically transported to the present day where he falls for a high school science teacher who is disillusioned by love.
I might get a lot of flack for saying this…. This movie might be the best cheesy eye-rolling holiday movie coming out this year...no doubt. It was cute, slightly slow, but darn if I didn’t tear up a few times toward the end. It bears a large resemblance to ELF and a reverse Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. But that’s not to say that I don’t have weird observations. Because I DO.
First off, Vanessa Hudgens plays a teacher who can...wait for it...HUG HER STUDENTS. I mean, back in the day, it was perfectly acceptable. But today? NO WAY. But this is a magical holiday movie so we are moving on.
Also, let’s point out all the ways this movie is so Netflix meta that I snorted my Christmas Cocoa (or Mead as Sir Colin calls it) quite a few times. In the grand tradition that is Netflix holiday movies, there were several times when a character was watching ANOTHER Netflix holiday movie including Holiday in the Wild (one of this year’s new movies, which I have previously reviewed) and Holiday Calendar…which also had instances itself of watching another Netflix movie. And lastly, let's talk about how the family had a huge acorn ornament that was reportedly from ALDOVIA. Oh hey Christmas Prince, I see you.
A few other funny observations - they used King Arthur flour to make their bread. HAHA I see the connection. But if you are an avid bread baker like I am, you know that King Arthur flour is high in protein which makes a better dough. But I do have to point out another blatant use of product placement and sponsorship. In one scene where someone was holding their iphone to show someone else a picture, it was held at such a weird angle. No one would normally hold their phone like that and it was only so the iconic apple was clearly seen. Another $50,000 in funding...CHA CHING.
But all fun aside, this movie is really cute and there are some good moral lessons in it. The least of which, don’t let a knight without a license drive your car.