Let it Snow – A Formulaic yet surprisingly tender teen romcom

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Quick Read Review

Netflix’ straight to streaming films are somewhat of a mixed bag, especially those aimed at a young adult audience. But with Let it Snow, Netflix allows a solid cast to rise above the tinsel drenched romcom, creating something slightly different. Let it Snow knows how to pull all the strings associated with the teen romcom and Christmas genre. However, surprisingly it layers this formula with teenage lives that feel genuine. Mainly due to an ensemble cast of well known faces who bring gravitas to what could have been a saccharine Christmas movie.

The story plays out just as you would expect from a Christmas Eve based romcom. A group of teenagers coming to the end of their teenage lives in a small American town. Each one deciding where their lives will take them, and each one longing for romance as the snow begins to fall.

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There’s Tobin (Mitchell Hope) who is in love with his best friend Duke (Kiernan Shipka). His best friend Keon (Jacob Batalon) who is trying to organise a Christmas Eve party. Theres Julie (Isabela Merced), who is struggling with a decision to go to college or care for her ill mother. While stranded pop superstar Stuart (Shameik Moore) desperately seeks normality away from his fame. Then there’s Dorrie (Liv Hewson), who can’t understand why the girl she loves ignores her in public, and her best friend Addie (Odeya Rush) who is lost in love. All creating a cast of characters that ripple with teenage energy and difference. And while Let it Snow never truly allows its characters to fully develop. There is a refreshing honesty to lives it aims to portray. An honesty that while layered in formulaic Christmas emotion, ensures its 93 minute running time feels fresh and different.

There is also much to be admired in dovetailing positive LGBTQ relationships into a Christmas romcom aimed at the young adult market. Ensuring that the progress made through Love Simon in 2018 is honoured even if lacking some substance and development.

The end result is a surprisingly warm and tender film. Providing an entertaining and festive story that while quickly forgotton has some real Christmas cheer. It may not be perfect but Let it Snow easily equals any Christmas romcom that may make its way to cinema screens.

Let it Snow is streaming now on Netflix

Director: Luke Snellin

Cast: Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush, Liv Hewson, Mitchell Hope, Kiernan Shipka, Jacob Batalon, Joan Cusack

Isabela Merced also appears in Instant Family

Odeya Rush also appears in Coming of Age – The Essential Collection

Jacob Batalon also appears in Spider-Man: Far From Home

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