Directed by David.E.Talbert, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a direct OTT release onto Netflix. The movie premiered on the 15th of November and stars Forest Whitaker, Madelen Mills, Ricky Martin and others.
What is the story about?
Jeronicus Jangle (Forest Whitaker), a toy inventor had it all, a comforting family, a successful business and a great talent for invention which was adored by many, both adults and children. Until, one day, Gustafson (Keegan-Michael Key), Jeronicus’s apprentice, steals his most victorious toy invention and betrays him. The toy is an animatronic bullfighter named Don Juan Diego (voiced by Ricky Martin). Jeronicus is devastated by this happening and loses faith in himself and secludes himself from his family. Years later, Jeronicus’s equally creative and inventive granddaughter Journey (Madelen Mills) shows up with an intention to reunite him with his daughter and her mother and also recapture his talent and show it to the world.
Jingle Jangle follows a Christmas Carol theme and takes off in a magical manner with great music by artists like John Legend, Philip Lawrence and others. The movie is comforting and homely with a great message that if you believe that one should never give up on their dreams and never lose faith. The movie carries a cozy feel throughout with grand visuals which makes it exciting throughout. Jingle Jangle is kid-friendly and can be enjoyed with family as it contains a high load of upbeat music and heart-warming moments. The film develops an emotional connection with the audience which makes it very touching.
Forest Whitaker has done perfect justice to the role in portraying his character in a wonderful manner with a charismatic presence. Madelen Mills, being new to the business, shines throughout with her cute and charming screen presence. Keegan-Michael Key has conveyed his villain role in a convincing way to the audience.
Music & Other Departments
There is no shortage for good music in this movie as it is a perfect package of upbeat music. Several artists such as John Legend, Usherand Philip Lawrence have provided the movie with music that lingers in the mind for a long time. The visuals give a grand appearance to the overall film. All the other departments of the film fit the bill.
The music is the biggest plus of the film as it brings out the whole Christmas mood and holiday spirit in the audience. It is one of the first diverse Christmas to be made which made it all the more amusing.
Even though the film was magical through its runtime, it did feel too childish in some parts.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes. The movie was spectacular with all the impressive visuals and catchy music which made it a fun and exciting watch.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. For someone who enjoys Christmas themed movies during the holiday season, this is a to-be watched movie for sure.