By Emily Trujillo ’22
“The Knight Before Christmas” has a cliche plot, empathetic characters, and a jolly soundtrack.
A medieval knight, Sir Cole, is transported to modern-day Ohio during the holidays. A teacher, Brooke, meets him and takes him into her humble home after her devastating case with love. Brooke helped Sir Cole fulfill his quest, which will return him home by bringing him along wherever she went. Sir Cole soon ponders about his return home and about whether or not he wanted to go back.
First of all, the plot was very cliche like many Christmas romance movies. Sir Cole needed to get home by achieving something. Brooke was trying to help him when he was achieving many heroic acts. The resolution was very anticlimactic and I expected that. The movie started off confusing and out of context but soon it got into place and it was understandable when the setting was in modern-day Ohio.
Likewise, the resolution was also confusing on what happened to Sir Cole and it took a while to comprehend.
Then, the characters were very empathetic which made the movie better. Sir Cole, played by Josh Whitehouse, and Brooke, played by Vanessa Hudgens, were very sympathetic and natural which made it seem realistic. I felt a connection with the characters because it felt like they were interacting with the audience. Some characters, however, were very basic and were, once again, very cliche. The way Brooke was played seemed very genuine because she genuinely showed her discomfort when Sir Cole moved into her house. She showed she did not want people to think of her differently after her breakup because she was already living with another man.
Lastly, the soundtrack compensated for the cliche plot due to its holiday feeling. The holiday vibes really made the movie feel so much happier and exciting for the upcoming holidays. Some of the soundtracks are, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Shine a Little Light on Me,” “Why Did Christmas Have to Change.” All of these songs are Christmas songs which makes sense since it is a Christmas movie.
The song “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” performed by the Kim Kalie Mixed Choir is a Chrsitmas carol that was remade more upbeat or modern in the actual movie.
Some negative reviews said, “Painfully obvious product placement and a bad storyline.” I both agree and disagree with this statement. I agree with the fact that it is obvious because it was obvious how it was going to end. On the other hand, I disagree with the fact that it is a bad storyline because it has good intentions and overall was not a bad movie.
- Rating: TV-PG
- Run time: 92 minutes
- Available on Netflix