TUCSON, Ariz. — As soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers are put away, you may be looking for a Christmas movie snack.
Keep looking if you are interested in Netflix’s “A Boy Called Christmas”. This one belongs in your fridge.
Based on the Matt Haig novel, “A Boy Called Christmas” tells the story of Nikolas (Henry Lawfull) — nicknamed “Christmas: by his late mother — as he sets out on a journey into what’s presumably Nordic Europe to save his father and find the fabled village of Elfhelm.
Nikols has his smart, talking pet mouse (Stephen Merchant), and an ornery reindeer called Blitzen. He encounters grumpy Elfs, a snarling Queen, and lots of bad CGI.
It’s a solid cast of UK stars, with Sally Hawkins and Maggie Smith joining the ranks. Jim Broadbent also checks in.
Kristen Wiig is the state representative, but she has no material. Everyone here is affected by this. This is a story about a moron with very little humor and a grim tone.
Gil Kenan, a veteran horror filmmaker such as “Poltergeist” and “Scream”, seems out of his depth. The film is tedious and never ignites. You can enjoy it in the background at holiday gatherings but it won’t hold your attention.
The main message of Christmas is to spread kindness and be your best self.
Despite being so lame, movies like these don’t do much for holiday cheer.
RATING: 2 stars of 4.