Anything involving Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader is going to be a good thing. I had really high expectations for a silly, fun-loving Christmas movie, but what I saw went way deeper than that, and I cried buckets you guys! I was really touched by the message of this film, and the truly heartfelt stories that took place.
In Disney+’s holiday comedy “Noelle,” Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over from their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.
Within the first ten minutes of the movie, it is clear that Noelle is yearning for more, and her brother Nick is not too thrilled about this upcoming responsibility. You can also see the love and care that Noelle has for her family and spreading Christmas cheer. When the time comes for Nick to become Santa, he loses it and needs to escape for a while. Leaving it up to Noelle to try her best to encourage her brother and fix whatever she thinks is broken. On this journey Noelle and Nick both find themselves, and the real meaning of family, & Christmas.
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Noelle and Elf Polly go to Arizona to find Nick, who is funny enough teaching yoga. I love that this movie breaks down the stereotypical patterns of saving the day. The sister has to save the big brother. The big brother does not want to take the family business, he wants to do his own thing and break off on his own path. Noelle tries to show Nick how to do this Santa thing, and in doing so we the audience get to see her become Santa! Little things happen along the way that show us Noelle has the twinkle, the magic, and the ability to become the new Santa, not Nick. Like Santa, Noelle finds herself being able to speak in new languages, see who’s naughty or nice, and know what people want for Christmas. Noelle has the family magic!
Upon realizing this, Nick himself goes back to the North Pole not to announce his triumphant return, but to announce the new Santa…Noelle
This movie did such a beautiful job showing the audience that it’s okay to go after something even when you don’t think it’s possible or even tangible. Who cares what the stereotypes or expectations are! The movie highlighted the heartache of a little boy whose family is now apart, and a little girl and her mom living in a shelter. All kids, in all kinds of real life situations can see this movie and see themselves. Maybe you have some really high expectations you do not desire to meet. Maybe you have a dream that you don’t even dare to allow yourself to live out. Noelle is a story of Christmas magic, wonder, believing yourself, and believing in those around you.
Noelle is full of funny moments. Anna and Bill are a hilarious on-screen duo. Noelle is also loaded with hidden mickey’s be sure to try to spot them all!