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Christmas TV movie – Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Netflix Original 2020 Category PG 1h 59m Starring: Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Bonneville, Phylicia Rashad Music by John Debney with songs by John Legend. Directed by David E. Talbert

There is nothing like a Christmas movie. These are not all of course classics, there include the good, the bad and the ugly. Who, though has not curled up on a December evening to watch films like It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle of 34th Street, Home Alone, Elf and so on?

Netflix have produced a fun addition to the list of Christmas favourites. Jingle Jangle is a musical about an eccentric inventor, Jeronicus Jangle, who owned a shop that is full of people and full of magical toys. Things go wrong when his disgruntled apprentice steals his book of inventions, from which he makes a fortune. Things do not go so well for Jeronicus Jangle. I would be a plot spoiler to reveal how but the film shows us how hope can be restored, and wrongs can be righted.

This is a lovely feelgood movie for the Christmas season, with some fun song and dance sequences that remind me of The Greatest Showman and La La Land.

One of my granddaughters said “I like when the man had the magic in his fingers. I like when they sing because it makes me feel like dancing!”

Grab the hot chocolate and snacks, settle down with some children, or grandchildren, and enjoy the story.

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex

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