Northpole Movie Review

northpole-heroIt’s harder for some to believe in things they can’t see than others. When a boy named Kevin is introduced to the fantastical elf-ville of Northpole, he embarks on a journey to save the essence of Christmas. In between trips to his town and Northpole, Kevin joins his eccentric teacher Ryan and a perky elf named Clementine in a race to create Christmas buzz. There’s only one more person to complete his team: his mom Chelsea, a cynical journalist with no time for imagination.

It was a pleasant surprise to find an unexpected protagonist in our adult characters as opposed to the round-cheeked happy-go-lucky kids. The cast is wonderful, with Bailee Madison and Max Charles nailing the innocence of kids who still believe, as well as Josh Hopkins and Tiffani Thiessen who play likable characters Ryan and Chelsea.

Though the plot is overall predictable, there are nice twists and turns that deviate from the formulaic Save-The-Town movie recipe. What I enjoyed most was the witty banter and the dialogue. Yes, at some points, it does get sappy, but clichés are clichés for a reason—they hold truth to this day.

Northpole’s messages are inspiring and sweet, with themes of empowerment, fellowship, and hope. Chelsea’s struggle of imagination versus reality due to her jaded past is an all-too-familiar conflict. Although we may not be questioning the existence of elves and magical snowflakes, Northpole is a reminder to awaken the child within our hearts who has complete faith that miracles can happen. All ages.

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on November 10, 2014, in Movie Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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