A Castle for Christmas is your unoriginal but warm, romantic Christmas experience, reminding audiences that jingle bells are around the corner.
This review of the Netflix film A Castle for Christmas does not contain spoilers.
We’ve seen this film a thousand times, but I’m learning that the story is not to be snarked at. Whether we like it or not, there is a flurry of Christmas films every year, and cozy audiences love them. Netflix knows what they are doing, and I don’t blame them one bit. A Castle for Christmas is your unoriginal but warm, romantic Christmas experience, reminding audiences that jingle bells are around the corner.
Character Sophie (played by Brooke Shields) is a famous author who has just upset her fanbase by killing off a major character in her latest book. For her entire life, Sophie has lived through the lens of her character Emma Gale. Under pressure from the glaring criticism, Sophie has a meltdown on a live TV interview. She needs a break, so she decides to travel to a rural village in Scotland, where she meets a friendly community, a grumpy Duke (played by Cary Elwes), and has the opportunity to save a famous castle that is up for sale. By presenting that premise alone, readers will already know how this pans out.
With its whimsical outlook of life and throwing in hopeless romantic angles, A Castle for Christmas tugs at the heartstrings and gives even the cynical hope for the most wonderful time of the year. You’ll either approach the film with eyebrows raised, like a middle-aged Grinch or smile at the sense of togetherness of a community and the warmness of a blossoming romance take hold.
The cast appears to enjoy themselves, and the on-screen budding-to-be couple has the measured chemistry to sell a Christmas romance. A Castle for Christmas brings the festive mood, and if you were not feeling it before, you will certainly feel it now.
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