The Noel Diary (2022)

Directed by Charles Shyer

Starring Justin Hartly, Barrett Doss, Bonnie Bedelia, Treat Williams, Essence Atkins

I got tricked into another Christmas movie, but this one was different. It was more a drama movie than the typical Christmas movie, let’s just say it takes place on Christmas. When I saw the trailer, the movie looked interesting so I added it to my list.

The story is about two kids with different issues with their parents. Jacob Turner is estranged from his family when he learns his mother died. He returns to his childhood home to sort out the house when he meets Rachel, a woman who was adopted and is trying to find her mother and all she knew about her was that she lived in the house he grew up in. Since his father was the only person who could help they would go on a journey to heal the past.

I have a few issues with the film, but I’ll get to them later. First, I have to say that I loved the story. I liked the two characters and was interested in their journey. It is a predictable movie in terms of the romantic part, I thought it would have been better if they did not go for the obvious, but it was expected. What I liked about the film had more to do with Jacob and his coming to terms with his past and his relationship with his father. My main issue with the film is the ending, first of all, Rachel’s journey is incomplete, we spend a whole movie invested in her looking for her mother and it is left at nothing, and the ending just felt a bit lazy in part of the writers.

I liked the movie and felt it had a nice enough story but for me, they just ended the movie in a way that ruined the movie at least for me.

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