Let it Snow: the Perfect Movie for a Blanket and Hot Cocoa

Kyley Fishman, Head Editor/Chief

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Although still at the beginning of November, Netflix’s new original book-based movie, Let it Snow, reminds everyone what the true meaning of Christmas is.

Already, despite it being about a month and a-half-away, the Christmas season is wrapping its tinsel around us. Festive movies and shows are being aired all over multiple TV platforms, as well as a new movie based on Christmas coming out early in November, and I’m not even going to mention all the neatly put-together aisles of supplies already in Walmart. With flashing lights and over-glossy paper, one can can easily get exasperated and lost in the over-advertisement of the upcoming holidays. However, Netflix has delivered a little break from all the drama in a new smaller, yet entertaining, alternative that is as festive as it is cheesy.

Based on a book featuring three stories written by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, Let it Snow represents what a good Netflix original film is. The movie easily checks off the standard boxes of enjoyably predictable, YA romcom, and charmingly fun, as well as adds in familiar faces. The entire casting and simple dialogue of the script is done in a way that drags in the watchers with a vivid, but classic approach.

Set in a snowy little town on Christmas Eve, seven teenagers lives change. There’s Tobin (Mitchell Hope from Disney’s Descendants) who has a mega-crush on his best friend Duke (played by Kiernan Shipka of Sabrina the Teenage Witch). There is also Keon (Jacob Batalon, Peter Parker’s BFF) who desperately wants to throw a party. Then there’s Dorrie (Liv Hewson), who is trying to deal with a confusing crush while also fighting with her best friend Addie (Odeya Rush from Lady Bird). Then there’s Julie (Isabela Merced from Dora and the Lost City of Gold) who bumps into famous singer Singer (Shameik Moore who voiced Miles Morales). Most of the story is focused around both Julie and her eventual romance with Stuart and the eventual romance between Duke and Tobin. Also, Joan Cusack is in it as an aluminum lady that randomly appears to spread her wisdom.

There’s no major plot development or major conflict that really changes the story. The only part that even minorly gets your heart faster than the average heartbeat is when they steal a keg of beer from a college party. The several different plot lines are all well balanced, each sprinkled with wit and relatable awkwardness. Each couple that will eventually be paired up has their own electric chemistry. And to show progression in a post Love, Simon faze, there is a LGBTQ+ scene which feels refreshingly simple and not thrown into the viewers face.

Let it Snow, although 93 minutes long, feels brief and well put together. Festering up a festive cheer, the movie reminds you that the true meaning of Christmas is appreciating the ones around you and not taking what you have for granted. More pointed towards teenagers, the rom-com will be sure to melt any icy heart.