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An Honest Review Of 'The Knight Before Christmas'

Could this become your next go-to holiday film?
PHOTO: The Knight Before Christmas/Netflix

The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

Brooke (Vanessa Hudgens), like a lot of us, has been had by love. She's lost all hope of finding her one, true, love because of a cheating exwho, BTW, she frequently runs into because she lives in a freakishly small town where everyone knows everyone.

In the middle of the said small town, she (literally) runs into Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse), a knight who time traveled from the 14th century. Brooke takes him in because she thinks that he is suffering from amnesia after getting hit by her car. What she doesn't know is that the medieval knight is on a mission to find his ~purpose in life~ and he has until Christmas Eve to finish this quest.

The Short, Honest Plot

Strong, independent, girl realizes that she's finally ready for love because of a knight in shining armor.

The Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Vanessa Hudgens as Brooke

ICYDK, Queen V is quite a ~versatile actress~. She recently took on the role of Maureen Johnson in Rent: Live which is the partially-live TV adaption of the famous 1996 musical Rent.

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Josh Whitehouse as Sir Cole

The English actor stars as Hugh Armitage in BBC's historical period drama, Poldark. As you can see, Josh loves doing period pieces!

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Did You Know?

1. Aside from starring as the lead actress, Vanessa Hudgens also served as an executive producer for The Knight Before Christmas.

2. Despite being set in Ohio during the Christmas time, the film was actually set in Ontario, Canada between April and May of this year. With that said, it's safe to assume that they didn't actually shoot in the snow.

3. In the film, there's a scene where Sir Cole was struggling with his necktie. It was initially stated in the script that Brooke would help him, but since Vanessa didn't know how to, they just decided to make fun of an anti-romcom-cliché scene out of the whole tie debacle.

4. Sir Cole's armor was actually quite heavy. Josh said that it was pretty tough to wear the suit around because it felt like it weighed around 100 pounds. He even got a backache from days of wearing that suit!

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5. In our recent interview with Vanessa, she revealed that she found it easier to do The Knight Before Christmas than The Princess Switch simply because she had to portray only one character in TKBC.

What My Friend Thinks:

"I've always been a fan of Netflix's Christmas Originals but unfortunately, The Knight Before Christmas didn't have the same 'wow factor' as the ones that I've watched before. I was expecting to somehow feel love-struck as I was watching the film, but sadly I didn't feel that. Also, there were so many random scenes and it kinda made me feel confused at times." Nina Estiva

What I Think:

Romance films and Christmas time? Two of my absolute favorite things!

Netflix's Christmas Originals are my favorite way to hype myself up for the holidays. So when I found out that Vanessa Hudgens, our resident Christmas film kween, was doing another one this year, I was beyond stoked! Sad to say though, The Knight Before Christmas didn't exactly do it for me.

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This isn't to say that it was super bad; the film had its redeeming factors. It was funny to see Sir Cole trying to navigate the modern world, especially his struggle with Brooke's Google Home and his fascination with "the magic picture box." I also loved all the cute, family-friendly moments.

TBH, I loved a lot of moments from the film but these scenes don't exactly mesh well. There were too many plot linesI felt as if I was being introduced to a new one before I could fully enjoy the existing storylines. By the end of it, I couldn't help but think that they rushed to tie all of these scenes together.

Also, I was trying my best not to compare it to The Princess Switch since they're completely different films. But I just couldn't help it! I found myself craving the kilig that The Princess Switch was able to deliver. I guess that contributes to why I couldn't bring myself to fully enjoy The Knight Before Christmas.

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I'd Recommend It To:

Anyone who loves cheesy, romance, films. The film is a relatively fun way to pass time and you could watch it during your Noche Buena while waiting for the clock to strike 12!

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