“Noelle” is an instant Christmas classic.

It’s been a little over a month and a half since Disney blessed us all with Disney+ and its endless amounts of content. I’ve certainly had a hard time watching anything other than throwback Disney Channel shows and Disney classics that weren’t originally as readily available. I would definitely check it out if you’re a huge Disney fan like myself. Now you didn’t come here to be advertised to for Disney+ so let me get on with the task at hand. While the streaming service is filled with Disney classics it also comes with shows and movies that are exclusive to the service. Among the first original projects to be available was Noelle. I’ve only just gotten around to watching it because I wanted to wait until Christmas time to watch and I was thoroughly impressed.

I could not think of anyone better than Anna Kendrick to play Santa Claus’s daughter. Whenever she comes into scene you can’t help but smile and I have to say steals most scenes she’s in with her quirky and energetic performance. You can tell that she had the most fun with this role and her fellow castmates. Equally as talented and rounding out the cast is Billy Eichner, Bill Hader, and Shirley Maclaine. Hader is quite enjoyable in more of a serious-toned role and provides a lot of comic relief, per usual along with Shirley Maclaine’s smart wit and dry humor. They all have so much fun with their roles and with interacting among themselves that the audience has fun and enjoys it as well.

I really thought this movie would be on-par with the Christmas movies that are cranked out by the Christmas giants Hallmark, Lifetime, and Freeform but I really felt like it was a step up from those movies. The movie is laced with all of the quintessential and subliminal holiday movie values that movies touch on during this time of the year. And yes, while it’s very predictable a movie doesn’t have to be awards-season worthy to warrant a rewatch every year. (Looking at all of you National Lampoon fans.) It’s so charming and so cute and that’s all it has to be.

Also, I want to point out that the movie’s CGI work is well-done and has the CUTEST baby reindeer and I don’t know what else a Christmas movie needs. Great lessons taught, cute reindeer, and great acting all around makes for a perfect Christmas movie to watch for the years to come.

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Look at that sweet baby. If that’s not enough to make you want to watch it then I don’t know what will. I’ve been loving all of the good quality movies that have been coming out of the streaming services as of recent and this one in particular has me even more excited for the future of Disney+.

Rating: 8/10


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