Kathleen hates Christmas and thus likes to make her restaurant staff work all the time on the holidays. But she likes Andrew, so she decides to help watch his Christmas-loving (and slightly obnoxious) daughter, Lucy, while he completes a business trip before the holiday. So when Kathleen and Lucy get snowed in with a random guy who saved Kathleen from some hoodlums in a parking lot, Kathleen thinks her life is over, especially when they are forced to play board games that remind her of her parents. Will they ever be able to make it through the day?
Production Quality (2.5 points)
The good thing about this film is that is has high production quality. Tracy Trost and her team are usually committed to this, and it shows again in A Christmas Snow. The positive elements include good video quality and camera work, as well as adequate audio quality and an okay soundtrack. Sets, locations, and props are fine and are mostly utilized well. There are really no glaring errors to note here. There are just some small issues pertaining to some choppy cuts and transitions, but this is not enough to derail the production. On the whole, this is an applaudable effort.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the plot of this film. It is based on a stereotypical holiday-hating-character-is-forced-to-like-the-holidays-because-of-some-outside-event plot sequence. It would be one thing if the characters were fine, since this is a character-based plot, but that is not the case here. The main character in particular is quite obnoxious, as are some of the supporting characters. This is mostly due to absurd dialogue and ridiculously forced comedy, such as statements like ‘chickatarian.’ There is really nothing creative about this story as it depicts a collection of random characters stuck in a house during the holidays again. While there are some attempts to use flashbacks to build the characters, they fall flat. The character arcs are far too steep, and the Christian message is too vague. Unfortunately, this is a swing and a miss.
Acting Quality (.5 point)
For a majority of the film, the lead actress and the child actress of this film are quite annoying, in keeping with the characters they play. This is demonstrated through forceful emotions and stiff line delivery. They are clearly trying too hard, while other cast members just come off as off-beat. Needless to say, this movie will be remembered for the wrong reasons.
There was a good idea behind this movie, this much must be noted. Trying to develop a grumpy character through establishing flashbacks can be a great way to present a nice holiday story, but A Christmas Snow does it all wrong. Unfortunately, although the production was good in this film, it was wasted on a poorly written story and off-putting acting. Maybe next time, Tracy Trost and her team will improve upon their past films.
Final Rating: 3 out of 10 points
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