Netflix is Ready to Kickstart the Holidays with an All-New Teen Romcom- Let it Snow (2019) Netflix Original
Do you know why things are called "cheesy?"
Well, that's because no matter how much you may be cringing on the outside, you're secretly cheesing hard as f* on the inside. That's not actually true. The true definition of "cheesy" means something along the lines of "cheap" and "inauthentic." When it comes to romantic comedies, however, my definition will suffice and is the only way that I can explain this film I just watched on Netflix called Let it Snow. Its a Winter Wonderland of a film with all loveable things like breakfast, a pig, Joan Cusack, and of course, love.
Based on the best-selling novel by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle, Let it Snow (2019) takes on one of my favorite romantic-comedy outlines and follows the lives of different people in a small town who are on different journeys of love, but who are all also connected by some way or another. With Joan Cusack at the helm as not only the soothing narrator but also the elusive "tin-foil woman," this film is the bundle of comedy, romance, and Christmas cheesiness we haven't seen in so long and we didn't know we missed.
The film follows Julie (Isabela Merced) and Stuart (Shameik Moore), Angie "The Duke" (Kiernan Shipka) and Tobin (Mitchell Hope), Dorrie (Liv Hewson), Tegan (Anna Akana), Addie (Odeya Rush), Keon (Jacob Batalon), and more. Let's just talk about that cast really fast, right? Such a well put-together cast of up-and-coming stars just getting off the high of Netflix shows, the MCU, big-screen films, and even an Oscar-nominated film. It felt like a Disney crossover, but without the Disney (kind of.) The cast works well together, and more than that, it felt good to see some talents like Shameik Moore and Isabela Merced get into more roles, which I hope continues on.
Let it Snow is your a contemporary film that follows the classic romantic tropes that used to dominate the film industry, and I very much enjoyed it. Julie and Stuart come from two different walks of life and find each other to spend a memorable and authentic day together. Tobin spends his day with his childhood best friend Angie "The Duke", as he struggles with the courage to finally tell her that he is in love with her. Plus, she brought an "enlightened," hot college friend along to really damper the mood. Dorrie and Tegan have a great connection, and Dorrie is ready to put her heart on the line, but Tegan is a little more hesitant. Addie spends most of her day obsessing over her boyfriend Jeb (Mason Gooding), who seems to neither care about her nor her feelings and even refers to her as "annoying." Oh, and Addie and Dorrie are best friends, and Keon really just wants to have an awesome Christmas Eve party. This was a tongue twister to try to explain, but it does work a lot smoother on screen than that, and the transition between stories is smooth and never feels too rushed for the audience.
I love the deceitful optimism many romantic comedies posses, especially with this one and the concept of snow. Anyone who actually lives in snow knows that it really never brings about anything special, and you spend a lot of time freezing your tail off, trying to get warm, and salting the sidewalks/driveway, but the film does paint a beautiful, snowy image for you to pretend with. It creates an environment that feels like the little town of Laurel, Illinois is in a snow globe that we're peeking into. I also love that most of the film takes place in a "Waffle Town" and a church (not in a big, romantic city like New York or a place that looks far too expensive for our characters to be associated with.) It takes place in a normal town, in a normal waffle house, in a small church, and in small, intimate group settings. The thought placed in keeping the film as simple, yet familiar, as possible makes it feel more romantic and less fantasized.
Let it Snow (2019) has most of what you would want from a film of its kind. There is over-exaggerated, time-slowing dialogue meant for small things like sledding. There are epic love speeches and declarations of self-love, and there are fun, quirky moments that make it all the more cheesy and enjoyable. There are moments of real-life struggles and sorrows, and it touches ever them so lightly without ever letting you lose the optimisim of Christmas. I may or may not have teared up watching Julie and her mom and also again when Addie finally let's go of her dead-weight. And that's what I wanted from this film, because after the glimpses of reality are over, you're back to the glamour of love, and what it can be, and what we want it to be. It's a really good Chritmas film, and its a really good romantic comedy for young adults everywhere.
Now I will be the first to admit that romantic comedies are not for everyone. I know plenty of people out in the world who loathe them, but for us believers and cheesy lovers out there, this one was for us.
starring, Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Kiernan Shipka, Mitchell Hope, Liv Hewson, Anna Akana, Odeya Rush, Mason Gooding, Jacob Batalon, Joan Cusack, and more
written and directed by, Laura Solon, Victoria Strouse, Kay Cannon, and Luke Snellin
based on the Novel "Let it Snow" by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle
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