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The Holiday Calendar (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: The Holiday Calendar
Year: 2018
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: Bradley Walsh
Starring: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Ethan Peck
About: A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km7gv28_uX0

My Review:
Wanting to get in the Christmas spirit my mum decided to put on The Holiday Calendar which is currently available to watch on Netflix. This film did end up surprising us both with how much we ended up enjoying it and it did bring me some holiday cheer.

I thought that this film was good in that it showed how the main character Abby wasn't really happy with how her life was and felt like the photography in which she was doing wasn't the kind in which she wanted to do but needed the job so kept at it. Not only this but by having her grandfather notice she needed something to make her happy gave her an advent calendar in which seems to alter her life. As the days go on the toys in which she gets seems to predict her future and finds her love with someone she meets because of the calendar however as her best friend Josh is also comes back to town the audience is able to see how much he loves her and how she overlooks him as she sees him as just a friend. Along the way things for Abby gets worse till she realises that Josh has always been the person she has been looking for and how everyone else noticed it before she did. I thought that the love between Josh and Abby was really sweet and kept me routing for them to get together from the very start of the movie when they are both introduced. Also seeing the things in which Josh does to keep Abby happy was really sweet and keeps her trying to reach her dreams and not give them up which will make her upset. I thought by having the toys represent something of every day with boots, Christmas tree, three wise men and snowflake was really nice as it gave a very festive feel to the movie even though it was all based around Christmas. Having the other love interest which wasn't right for her showed that sometimes you need a bad relationship in order to see who is right in front of you and show you who truly loves you.

I did think that the film could have showed more about the calendar and the magic behind it as it was rather jumped past which would have been good to see happen. I also thought that some of romance o the movie didn't have as much chemistry as I would have hoped for with a Christmas romance movie even though it was rather cheesy.

I did end up really enjoying this film however and is a holiday film I would recommend for anyone looking for a romance Christmas movie which is rather cute and not the same as all the other movies of its kind. I will definitely be adding this to some of my favourite Christmas films.

My Rating: 4/5 

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