The Holiday Calendar is about a young woman, Abby, who dreams of becoming a photographer, but is currently stuck in a low-paying job as a holiday photographer. Her life gets a magical touch when her grandfather gifts her an old holiday calendar.
At first, it seems that the calendar doesn’t work – but after a few days, the calendar begins giving Abby hints about what’s going to happen in her daily life and day. Thus, begins Abby’s magical journey that gives her insights into life, love and everything in between.
What’s Wow: The Holiday Calendar stands out among the general Holiday fare that we have, because of the nuanced performances and a tight screenplay. Kat Graham is perfect as Abby and her performance is par for the course. Ron Cephas Jones as the Grandpa who knows it all is a good addition to the cast and adds a special touch to the Netflix Original.
The writers Carrie Freedle and Amyn Kaderali do a good job of adding a modern touch to something’s that typical holiday fare. Bradley Walsh, the director, succeeds in bringing the festival spirit right into house with the festival-oriented background music, the various Christmas carols, etc. At the end of it all, the film succeeds in doing what such films are supposed to do – make people believe in the season.
The story has good plotlines and they are spaced out well enough to create multidimensional characters.
What’s Blah: Even within the boundaries of a family-friendly, Christmas framed film, the screenplay and the concept could have tackled a bit more. The love triangle arc seems a bit light, even though that’s the major part of the story.
Parting Shot: The Holiday Calendar is a light, family friendly film, perfect for the holiday seasons.
Cast and Crew
Cast: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Ethan Peck, Ron Cephas Jones, Genelle Williams, Ali Haasan, Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll
Director: Bradley Walsh
Writers: Carrie Freedle, Amyn Kaderali
The Holiday Calendar is now streaming on Netflix.