Title: Christmas Perfection
Year of Release: 2018
Available On: Hulu as of 1/19
Rating: 4 out of 5 Jingle Bells
Oh, you thought since it was January, I’d chill out with the movie watching and reviewing? Well, my Christmas tree is still up, folks, and the movies are still being recommended to me on various watching platforms – so on we go!
This movie opens with a flashback to the main character’s childhood. Her parents are arguing in another room. Distraught, she runs to her best friend’s home, Brandon, and the scene is set. A Christmas model she sees in a window forms her idea of an ideal Christmas. Flash forward to Darcy’s real life, where she is a card artist with an obvious crush on her co-worker, Tom. They have a spark, but she’s slow to move on it. As Tom says, “Perfection is worth waiting for.” And Darcy has grown up to be obsessed with the idea of a perfect Christmas. Of course, this is real motherfucking life, so nothing is ever perfect. I can already tell, this is going to be a Learns the True Meaning of Christmas the Hard Way.
Her friends and family seem wonderful. Darcy seems to have a great life. Brandon is a great friend, her divorced parents get along much better now that they are divorced, and she has a beautiful home. Ungrateful much? Seriously, what nice dude has this much time to help his BFF set up her Christmas village?
Brandon: How do you know what works if you haven’t tried it yet?
Darcy: Because this is what works.
Somebody didn’t splurge on set design, by the way. I’ve seen more impressive holiday villages in Walmart. Darcy is so hung up on perfection that she can’t appreciate anything, and drives her loved ones away with her unattainable expectations. I’ve been there, girl. Take it down a few notches and you’ll be a much happier human. But then we wouldn’t have a movie, would we? Darcy wanders into a magical Christmas village shop that was somehow open at 2 a.m. the night after Thanksgiving, where the shopkeep offers her a figuring “on the house” that looks mysteriously like Darcy herself…
GUESS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. GUESS. You’ll never guess.
Darcy: I’m in my Christmas village. It’s a Christmas miracle!
Oh wait, you guessed it: Darcy wakes up in a magical Irish Christmas village, where she wonders “Did I take an Ambien?” In this world, her father has an Irish accent. Her parents are still married. They offer her hot cocoa with whipped cream and waffles upon waking. At first she resists, stating, “This is a show where you gaslight the children of divorce.” But will she learn that the real lessons of Christmas isn’t to reach perfection, but to be appreciative of that you have. And more importantly, will Darcy end up with BFF Brandon or copy editor Tom? Oh, copy editor Tom is in the Christmas village by the way. And he also has a new accent. I don’t know the Irish accent well enough to know if anyone is doing them well, mind you. The more I listen, however, the less right it sounds.
So I already mentioned that the set design was meh. The acting is, well, above average but not as good as I’d have liked. Maybe a 6/10. Plot is so-so. Dialogue is entertaining, with just the right amount of schmooze. The singing could have been better, but I also think the missed notes were a helpful reminder that some sour notes are being hit in this so-called perfect town. I’ll keep watching and report back with any dealbreakers, but as of this moment, I’m feeling good about this one. And… it turned out alright! Watch away.