Happy Christmas – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 22 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date: 26 June 2014

Genre: Comedy, drama

Director: Joe Swanberg

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Weber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg…

Description: Jenny has just broken up with her boyfriend and decides to spend Christmas at her brother’s house with his wife and baby. But she isn’t the most mature and reasonable adult around.

My Thoughts: I was scrolling through Netflix this morning looking for something to watch and this was the thing that looked most appealing, although it was only rated 1 star but that’s never stopped me before.

I really like Anna Kendrick, I think she’s really cool and an amazing actress and she’s always in things good (Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true but she does always play her roles well, I feel). As always Anna Kendrick was great, although her character wasn’t likeable she wasn’t supposed to be and I think she did the part justice.

I feel like the film had an okay amount of characters, it wasn’t as many as I would have liked but it wasn’t shockingly low either. And I think all the characters had great personalization, I just think there was a really wide layout of personalities and it was really interesting seeing all of the personalities be connected to one another.

I was expecting it to be a lot more comedy and a lot less serious stuff, like there was a lot of moments when Jenny (Anna Kendrick) was taking drugs and doing things that probably weren’t a very good idea and I was expecting it to be more like festive and comedy, like Jenny cooked Christmas dinner but burnt the turkey and cooked the wrong vegetables or accidentally put chocolate sauce on the dinner instead of gravy, or accidentally knocked the Christmas tree down and broke all the decorations or something, but it wasn’t like that at all and there wasn’t really any comedy to it and there also wasn’t any amount of festiveness like Christmas wasn’t even mentioned other than once and then there was Christmas day but it wasn’t mentioned the day before that it was Christmas Eve it was just this silent thing where it was going to be Christmas but no one spoke about it… it was weird. And I feel like therefore it doesn’t really deserve the title it was given.

I feel like although the film was partially about Jenny moving in with her brother and having a really messed up life and not handling things very well there wasn’t really a storyline, like her making bad decisions wasn’t really like the storyline it felt more like a second storyline and there should have been a more main storyline and there just wasn’t, it felt more like I was watching the boring everyday life of an actual family, you know just like the everyday stuff that happens, just like normal life rather than all the dramatic and cheesy stuff that happens in films for peoples entertainment – it just felt like I was spying on a family, and that was A) kind of creepy and B) not very interesting.

It was an easy to watch film that really didn’t take any concentration but that was it.

Although I think 1 star is a bit harsh so I’m going to give it 2 and a half/5

If you’ve seen this film and would like to share your opinion please feel free to write them in the comments section! If you’ve written a review of the film yourself then make sure to leave a link to it in the comments and I’ll check it out! I’d love to hear what you think!

Warnings: Drug use, alcohol consumption, swearing, sexual content. For full details please click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2955096/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

 Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2955096/?ref_=nv_sr_1


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