Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas will probably serve the fans, but I am not sure why.
This is how I like to spend my early mornings. Feet up, a nice warm brew, some miserable soggy porridge, and immersing myself into Netflix Christmas Special Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas. Now, I have never watched Free Rein the series, and I imagine I probably never will. What staggers me is that the series is so popular, that there was an eagerness to create a TV movie for their fans, but then again, Netflix did make a sequel to A Christmas Prince. I am not sure if I am turning into a grumpy (old) 28-year-old man, but I am confidently sure the TV I was subjected to was way cooler when I was younger.
I assume there is a form of continuation in Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas. From what I can gather in the 57-minute feature, Bright Fields are prepping for the Mistletoe Ball, Zoe (Jaylen Barron) has broken her Grandad’s unique Christmas ornament given by his estranged brother, and Gaby (Charlotte Jordan) finds herself at the mercy of her new boss Mia (Celine Buckens).
If you are in the cheerful holiday spirit, then at least Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas will put a slight smile on your face. It’s cheesy beyond belief, however, the display of festivities can only brighten up your day. Unfortunately, the story is so plotty and tries hard to become a one-off TV movie that it just makes the entire story seem a little ridiculous. To add to the trauma, one of the women does a Christmas number near the end, and the whole editing is out of sync to her singing, unless of course it’s meant to be lip synced.
I am sure if you are a loyal Free Rein fan, if you do exist, then you will lap up the exclusive content in the most magical time of the year, but if you are watching The Twelve Neighs of Christmas to enjoy with your mince pie, then you might be mind-numbingly bored.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.