Delightful. This is the best way to describe Let it Snow. Based on current movie culture this may sound like a criticism or condescending, but here I mean it in the best way possible. These days it feels like if a film delivers glee or a form of shameless elation it’s too lowbrow and not to be taken seriously. I would argue in this day in age, when we’re not getting too many movies that uplift you and make you think that maybe the world isn’t so bad after all. Right now, we NEED more movies like this. We need movies that inspire people and give them hope.
OK, time to get off my soapbox now.
The reason why I even wanted to preface my thoughts on Let it Snow with those declarations is after watching this movie, I could already imagine the criticisms that would be thrown at this movie. Twee is the word that came to mind. Is Let it Snow realistic? Of course not. Do I care? No.
Let It Snow is way too fun and its characters too charming for me to care about its unlikeness to real life. When you have a movie that focuses on several relationships the struggle is always finding the balance between making all of them equally interesting. Let It Snow succeeds on that front.
The standout story thread for me settles on Stuart (Shameik Moore) and Julie (Isabela Merced), but all of them are worthwhile stories and none of them instill a groan when the movie switches. Despite the film’s unlikely scenarios (e.g. running into an enormous pop star in your small town or holding a party at a stand-in Waffle House) many of the actors bring an honesty to their performances that you may not normally see in a teen film. You could write it off as their natural charisma and talent, but they feel authentic even when the dialogue doesn’t do them the best of favors.
Liv Hewson, who plays Dorrie, shines in this movie. Her character feels like she stepped off the set of a John Hughes movie and walked into this one. Let it Snow certainly takes from John Hughes, but Hewson is the only actor that would fit right in among Anthony Michael Hall or Molly Ringwald.
When I look for Christmas movies I love ones that have a pleasant atmosphere and a story that puts you in a great mood. Let It Snow is a movie I could see playing every Christmastime on television if it wasn’t a Netflix original. It’s hopeful and I can see myself coming back to this as an annual Christmas movie.
There’s a very good chance it will put a smile on your face.