Directed by: Marc Lawrence
I like the whole cast of Noelle and if I’m going to watch a Christmas movie it better be somewhat at the North Pole.
So no I’m not going to admit that I may have signed up for an entire streaming service just to see Bill Hader play a Santa in training. Nope. Not admitting that.
So far I’m actually happy with Disney + I might have subscribed for Bill but the old content alone is probably going to keep me busy for a while and I did enjoy the first episode of Mandalorian.
As for Noelle its my kind of Christmas movie even apart from Bill. I like the cast. (Shirley MacLaine as Nick and Noelle’s nanny Polly! And boy do they need a nanny.) It’s a North Pole I would live in, elf gear I would totally wear and super cute reindeer.
Basically Nick is training to take over for his father but failing badly at it. When his sister Noelle suggests a pre-Christmas vacation he decides well, he’s going to make that a long-term idea. When the elders can’t see the writing on the wall and need a new Santa all kinds of trouble ensues and Noelle and Polly take off to bring Nick home.
There’s also no romance in this one! This is one of those very rare movies where I could have gone for a little at the end.
Kendrick is enjoyable as the lead. I appreciated mixed in with all her Christmas cheer a true love of presents that I can get behind. And she is a bit of a spoiled brat. She pulls off the angry intensity well to. She and Nick have a very fun brother- sister back and forth throughout. Oddly enough I thought her weakest scene was the big counsel scene.
Noelle is a super fun little Christmas film. It’s predictable sure. And I do think just the look and feel of it- it’s perfect to stream. If I had seen it in theaters I probably would have said it’s totally waitable. But if you’re giving Disney + a go it’s worth a Christmas watch.