Noelle is a family friendly Christmas movie directed by Marc Lawrence. The film follows Noelle (Anna Kendrick), who must leave the North Pole and venture out into our world to try and find her brother Nick (Bill Hader), who has fled after a freak out about becoming the new Santa Claus.
This is wholesome enough Christmas fare, it won’t be a new favourite by any means, but it is nice turn your brain off and watch junk food.
The writing is fairly weak, all the twists and turns are telegraphed a mile out, the big reveal that maybe it should be Noelle who becomes the new Santa Claus is blindingly obvious from half an hour into the film. The idea that we should have a female Santa Claus also doesn’t feel novel anymore, as I am sure it has been done before.
The humour is okay, there are no laughs to be had, but a few moments that will make you smile. I found the biggest issue with this film in that department was the repetition of jokes, the joke that every kid wanted an iPad for Christmas wasn’t funny to begin with and got progressively less so as it was overused. Repeating the joke doesn’t make it funny. Also the fact that kids want an iPad for Christmas feels like product placement that is about ten years out of date; you could be forgiven for not realising that this film came out in 2019.
The best thing about this film is Kendrick. Her performance is very warm and wholesome, and that vibe is contagious and spreads to the rest of the film.
Overall, a fun single use Christmas film that has many issues that you will forget about as soon as it is over.
The general wholesomeness
The obvious twists
The weird out of date product placement
Reviewed by Luke