I’m not sure which is more surprising…David E. Talbert finally making an actual decent movie or that this is the best Christmas Netflix Original movie since Klaus. It’s definitely not something I would say is really great, but it has a lot going for it. For starters the music and the singing blend very well together, everyone did a very good job when it comes to singing. The acting was decent enough and the writing did have some heartwarming moments as well. The one major flaw with this movie is the running time, it’s 2 hours and 2 minutes which it definitely did not need to be. Some scenes really drag out and are only dragged out so they can make the running time. Trim at least 15-20 minutes of the film and you would still have the same movie. With that said Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a very fun Christmas movie that families will definitely love!
Here we go Christmas Netflix movie number two in 2020. Holidate was at least harmless and had Emma Roberts, Operation Christmas Drop has almost nothing going for it at all, the chemistry between the two main leads is just no there. It comes off as awkward and not believable at the slightest, the writing is horrendous it’s on the same level as a LifeTime Channel movie. Which is basically what Operation Christmas Drop is, it’s a LifeTime channel movie that somehow became a Netflix Original which is a very common problem with a lot of Netflix Christmas movies. The whole movie itself is cliched and predictable as well, there’s really nothing in this movie that hasn’t been done before. Completely worthless…
The Witches did not need another remake, the first adaption was solid enough and got the job done…why do another one? This version of The Witches suffers from multiple problems, Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer do the best they can with a very poor script, some of the visuals and the makeup are kinda solid as well. But that’s seriously where it ends for me, acting wise everyone else felt way too wooden. Heck at times Octavia Spencer fell in wooden territory, the writing was just not engaging, a lot of it was typical family movie tropes that really fail to live up to the original adaption, the biggest problem this movie has is it’s too forgettable. It’s one of those movies where you watch it and then two hours later you forget 70% of what happened, outside of Anne Hathaway it really doesn’t do anything that’s going to make the viewer remember it. Chris Rock’s narration does not work at all, it feels way too out of place and does not fit the atmosphere of the actual story. A matter of fact the atmosphere of the movie is a big issue, it has no idea what it wants to be. Does it want to take itself seriously? Does it want to be some wacky family movie? It switches constantly back in forth between many different type of atmospheres, overall The Witches (2020) is completely unnecessary this is going to be one of those many cases where people are going to remember the original adaption and forget the new one as it does almost nothing to make itself standout.
After being delayed several times since early 2018 Tim Hill’s The War With Grandpa finally get’s released…and it’s just another ordinary family movie. The War With Grandpa does not have a whole lot in it, it’s based off a of book of the same name (I haven’t read it since I was a kid) I feel the major problem with this movie is it does nothing to differentiate itself from a lot of other family movies. Most of the jokes consits of early 2000s family movie humor you know like falling over, being sarcastic to a family member in a very unfunny way, someone’s junk is accidentally shown and much more. That’s pretty much the entire movie I just saved you 94 minutes, Robert De Niro is the only real positive here. He tries his best with a very unfunny script and not a whole lot to work with, I will say there are some charming moments between the two characters Ed and Peter. But with every few charming moments comes some very unfunny slapstick that makes you roll you eyes, the movie is at it’s best when it just has a few of the characters interacting with each other like normal people. One thing this movie really could have benefited from was a different director Tim Hill directed Garfield Tale Of Two Kitties, Alvin and The Chipmunks, Hop, the Grumpy Cat Christmas movie and a few others. I’ll give Hill this..as far as direction this by far the best he’s done in awhile. But overall The War With Grandpa is harmless enough it’s just not a good movie and something I don’t recommend at all.
How was I not informed that this movie was directed by the same director who did Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare? All joking aside I’m actually surprised this didn’t turn out as bad as it could have been, A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting is a movie that’s directly aimed for a younger audience and the movie really doesn’t hide that either. For what it is the movie is not terrible, Tamara Smart is actually pretty okay in the leading role it’s just she really does not have much to work with. It’s very simplistic main character role, the same can be said for Oona Laurence she’s fine enough in her role but she really does not have a whole lot to work with. There are moments where I actually thought the direction wasn’t too bad, Rachel Talalay actually builds an actual good chemistry between Kelly and Liz the two main characters. It also plays out exactly how you think it’s going to play out, it’s a very Disney channel feel type of movie that somehow became a Netflix Original. Outside of that there really is not much else to this movie, if you have kids and are looking for something new to watch this is definitely harmless enough. As for everyone else I don’t really recommend it. But I’ll give credit where credit is due Rachel Talalay has certainly gotten a lot better since Freddy is Dead The Final Nightmare.
There’s two big questions when it comes to Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite, number one how the hell is Sean McNamara still finding work? This is the same guy who did the Bratz movie and several other garbage (Soul Surfer being his best) and number two is who asked for this? The first Cats & Dogs that came out in 2001 doesn’t hold up at all but at least it knew what it wanted to be. Kitty Galore which came out 9 years later in 2010 was one of the worst movies of the 2010s is highly considered one of the worst films of all time and it’s not hard to see why. Now 10 years later we have Paws Unite, which in some cases it’s worse than Kitty Galore but the overall movie is better. Kitty Galore was actually a theater release while this was a straight to digital on a Tuesday. Anyway the movie itself is as bad as you would expect the acting and voice acting are horrendous and some of the worst of the year, the writing is god awful with way too many fart jokes. The visual effects for the animals mouth’s moving is somehow worse than Kitty Galore. That’s probably due to a budget issue but that’s not an excuse seeing how this came from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment….I’m not joking. That’s what baffles me about this trainwreck it came from a huge studio so there is absolutely no excuse. Paws Unite is a completely different story that takes place 10 years after the last movie, the characters are terrible…they are pretty much walking talking early 2000s cliches. There’s the dog who’s supposed to be an old man, the main character dog, a cat thrown into the mix and then a bunch of other useless characters who don’t do anything but make stupid jokes. As I said before the visual effects are horrendous, they feel like they are straight out of the early 2000s, which is just amazing to me because the first movie came out in 2001 and they somehow look WORSE than the effects used back then. Overall what else can I possibly say? It’s Cats & Dogs 3 nobody asked for this heck nobody asked for this to become a series, but hey if Norm Of The North, Escape Plan, Puppet Master, Amityville, Children Of The Corn and many others can get thousands of sequels so can Cats & Dog. Please skip this movie at all costs it’s not worth your time and if you have kids I can assure you there are better options out there.