8-bit Christmas (2021)

Directed by Michael Dowse

Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Winslow Fegley, Steve Zahn

I have to be honest, I have never been a big fan of Christmas movies. There are some that I like of course, but it is not a filmI lookout to seeing. And this one I only saw because of the Nintendo being part of the story.

Jake Doyle is going to his mother’s for Christmas and he is with her daughter who wants a phone for Christmas. He tells her no but that she can still have a good Christmas. When they arrive at his mother’s house he sees his old Nintendo and while playing with her, he tells her the story of how badly he wanted the Nintendo for Christmas and how he got it.

I had few expectations for this film and in the end, I found a charming movie. The story is similar in some senses to other Christmas movies but that to me is expected. I still had fun seeing the movie, I thought the story had a good message and it had funny moments. Also, it uses the nostalgia element, I remember the Nintendo and the power glove, so I can relate to the kid’s desperations for one.

For me, the film worked because the kids were good. They were funny and likable, for these films don’t work when the kids act bad or are not likable. That did not happen here, in particular the actor that played Jake. Having veterans like Neil Patrick Harris and Steve Zahn helps also.

I have to say that I enjoyed it. It’s a charming film with a good story. Not a masterpiece of a film, but it is a good family film for the holidays.

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