Netflix has finally overdone it with the Christmas spirit. This festival season, it has at least four new releases that were about the holiday season, royalty, magic, and in some cases, all three together. Audiences bounced from Kurt Russel’s antics to Vannesa Hudgen’s cute-as-button-look to the charming magic of an old Christmas lore -but the buck stops at their latest offering, Free REIN: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas
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What’s Wow: Nothing
What’s Blah: Free REIN: The Twelve Neighs of Christmasis an unfortunate film. At first blush, you won’t know that this is a Christmas special of a webseries that’s been around for two seasons. Seriously, if you don’t do some research, you will find this film suddenly and it all goes downhill from there.
The characters are introduced haphazardly. There’s a cliché about a father deciding not to go ahead with his girlfriend because of his family, there’s teenage angst, there’s the cuteness overload that’s associated with the festive season – but what the film misses is a good screenplay. So, in one scene, someone’s homeless, another one is dying of hypothermia in their backyard and in another scene, a woman is catty to her boyfriend’s daughter. And all of this is tackled together with Christmas lighting.
We can’t actually be cruel about the performances of the young ‘uns. Because they are young and seems like they actually believe in whatever they are doing. Other than that, skip this.
Parting Shot: Skip this.
Cast: Jaylen Barron, Billy Angel, Manpreet Bambra, Celine Buckens, Freddy Carter, Bruce-Herbelin-Earle, Kerry Ingram, Charlotte Jordan, Geoff McGivern, Martin Bobb-Semple
Writers: Ann AMcCleery, Vicki Lutas
Free REIN: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas is now streaming on Netflix.