Olivia and Lucas have always heard rumors about a mysterious old house in their New Orleans neighborhood. Legends say that if you throw a rock through one of the windows and make a Christmas wish, it will come true. After witnessing several wishes come true when they ask them for other people, Olivia and Lucas decide to investigate the matter further. They find a collection of offbeat characters hanging around the house who are not what they seem at first. Little do they know that Christmas angels come in many forms…
Production Quality (1.5 points)
As we’ve mentioned before, PureFlix can usually put together a respectable production. Video quality is clear as usual and camera work is professional. The sets and locations are realistic and down to earth. Unfortunately, the audio quality drags down this production, including a silly Christmas soundtrack and too many scenes in which lines cannot be heard due to background noise. The editing is mostly okay and does a good job concealing the obligatory Dorsey twist until near the end. Basically, this is an average production effort but we strongly believe it could have been better.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1.5 points)
In keeping with their usual practices, Bradley Dorsey and Andrea Gyertson Nasfell craft a creative and thought-provoking plot that makes you think it’s going to be one thing, only to change it to something different in the end. However, it goes without saying that Dorsey also commits his original sin of not going all the way with his creativity. There are times when Christmas Angel is innovative and interesting, while some moments are cringe-worthy and totally off the wall. This inconsistency makes the audience vacillate between cheering and scratching their heads. The schizophrenia is also demonstrated in the characters—while the character arcs are great in the end, it’s a rocky road to get there. As usual, the storyline is based off a creative concept that sports a key plot twist and demonstrates the creative genius of the team. Elsewhere, there are just too many childish Christmas elements that hold this plot back from being as good as it could have been. Sometimes we wonder why a creator can come so close so many times but always miss the mark by an inch.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
Like the rest of the film, the cast of Christmas Angel is very inconsistent. Sometimes they have awkward scenes while other times they act very professionally. Emotions are good at times and not good at other times. Some of the makeup work is below par. In short, in comes to another average score.
Basically all of the films Bradley Dorsey is involved in need to be remade. As we’ve said before, he has tons of potential that is untapped, probably because he throws in his lot with the PureFlix crew. For that matter, Andrea Gyertson Nasfell has lot of untapped potential herself. Both Dorsey and Nasfell have much to offer to Christian film and if they ever reach their full potential, then the field will be a different place.
Final Rating: 4.5 out of 10 points