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Netflix’s ‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’ movie review

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If you are looking for a heart-warming movie with fun characters, catchy songs, a good story, and one that will give you some holiday magic, then Netflix’s Christmas movie Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is worth checking out.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a tale about imagination and dreams. It centers around an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention that has the power to change lives forever.

Jeronicus Jangle is the greatest toymaker, and inventor there ever was, until something was taken from him and turned his life upside down.

Years later, he struggles to find the magic of his imagination, but his granddaughter may hold the key to restore his belief, happiness, and magic.

The movie has great characters, and newcomer Madalen Mills steals the spotlight. Mills plays Journey, the granddaughter of Jeronicus Jangle. Right off the bat, critics praised Mills for her performance and her singing ability. Mills has the spunk that makes her steal the scenes that she is in.

Forest Whitaker plays the older Jeronicus Jangle. He is awkward, timid, cranky, and a bit crazy. Critics loved his performance, especially in capturing sadness and disillusionment while maintaining some of the imagination that’s buried right under the surface.

Whitaker also captivated the viewers with his singing voice and blew them away with his performance. He also got to show off his comedic chops, too, and they are not overtly funny, which provides the right balance.

Carla Renata from The Curvy Film Critic wrote: “Forest Whitaker is singing and dancing! Anika Noni Rose, Madalen Mills. Keegan-Michael Key, Phylicia Rashad & Lisa Davina Phillip make Jingle Jangle a new holiday classic. I was there for every bit of melanin on that screen, giving up the excellence!”

Verdict

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey scored 95% on Rotten Tomatoes with Angle Han from Filmweek, stating, “by the end, I was completely won over. The story’s nonsense with a lot of weird stuff happening, but there were enough holiday cheer and an emotional core that I was able to forgive its flaws.”

The rest of the cast have great chemistry, charism and they bring a ton to the screen. This makes all of the characters very relatable and very touchable in their own special way.

Viewers can see them as real people even though they are in a magical world, and even though we are being told this magical tale, the characters still have a realism to them.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a musical of sorts, and there are many great songs in the film. The variety of songs that the movie has is wide, and they did not stick to one genre; viewers can enjoy hip-hop, jazz, and blues.

Although not all songs are memorable, viewers will find themselves unconsciously tapping their feet.

Daniel Hart from Ready Steady Cut wrote, “There’s nothing like a film to celebrate the seasons, and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey manages to capture the magic with a worthwhile story and lovely songs.”

Sieeka Khan is a freelance that specializes in politics, world news, health, entertainment and crime. As an aspiring journalist, she focuses on delivering the truth with solid facts and in publishing breaking news with no bias and prejudice.

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