Let It Snow (2019)

Let It Snow
Director: Luke Snellin
Writer: Laura Solon, Victoria Strouse, Kay Cannon
Based on: Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle‘s novel
Cast: Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush, Liv Hewson, Mitchell Hope, Kiernan Shipka, Matthew Noszka, Jacob Batalon, Miles Robbins, Joan Cusack, Anna Akana
Seen on: 21.12.2019

Laurel, Illinois, is in the middle of nowhere and nothing much happens there. But with Christmas and a snowstorm both approaching, people come together that may not have otherwise. There’s young singer Stuart (Shameik Moore) who follows Julie (Isabela Merced) off a train when it gets stuck in the snow, so she can show him the sights of Laurel – or rather the sight: The Waffle House. Dorrie (Liv Hewson) works at the Waffle House together with Keon (Jacob Batalon), but she’s mostly busy with trying to help her best friend Addie (Odeya Rush) who has trouble with her boyfriend, and figuring out why Kerry (Anna Akana), whom she had an amazing connection with at a party, is showing her the cold shoulder now. Keon meanwhile wants to pull off the party of the century, but all his plans fall flat, so he ropes in Tobin (Mitchell Hope) to help. Tobin is preoccupied, though, because he wants to tell his best friend Duke (Kiernan Shipka) that he really likes her – which is not that easy.

Let It Snow was the kick-off film for my sappy Christmas movie binge that had me firmly in its grasp this holiday season, and it really was a nice start. A talented young cast, Joan Cusack and everything ending well is a good mix that gave me exactly what I was looking for.

The film poster showing 8 teenagers lying in the snow on their backs in a circle.

Look, Let It Snow definitely isn’t the movie of the century. But it is a very nice entry into the holiday movie genre. It’s not too cliché, it has a nice sense of humor and if you want to wallow in the sticky sweet romance of Christmas, there are definitely worse choices. Especially since they don’t overdo it with the Christmassyness.

At the very least, this film has more than one person of color, who even get to be protagonists, and a queer love story and that is pretty much more than like 90% of Christmas movies out there, so that’s a clear win. Especially since the ensemble cast here is impressively strong. I couldn’t decide who was the biggest star. Well, maybe Joan Cusack as the local strange person, but she’s definitely running out of competition. Not that it is a competition at all, really: it’s such a great ensemble because they work with each other.

Isabel Merced and Shameik Moore in the film.

Of course, none of the things here will surprise you, but then again, that’s really not the point of it anyway. The point is the comfort of knowing that everything will be alright. In that sense, the film is like a security blanket. Some parts of it are more worn and less comforting than others, but all in all, it gives you what you’re looking for when you decide to watch a Christmas romance.

Odeya Rush and Liv Hewson in the film.

Summarizing: nice.

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