Playwright David E Talbert enters the Christmas canon with this Netflix original starring Forest Whitaker as an aloof toymaker tasked with caring for his estranged granddaughter on Christmas. An old-school musical fantasy brought to life through new-school VFX and cutting-edge choreography, the film is extremely busy and a little unfocused – not that most viewers would notice. They’ll be too busy being dazzled by the explosive visuals and genuine heart at the core of the film. Rated PG.
Watch out, Hallmark: Netflix is making a play to steal Christmas courtesy of a dozen brand-new holiday offerings. But while the verdict is still out on whether Grumpy Christmas will become a classic to stand alongside It’s A Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation (not to be all ‘bah humbug!’, but… probably not), the streamer’s roster of holiday fare is already pretty stacked.
Playing the role of good little elves, we scoured its catalogue to separate the diamonds from the coal. Among the cinematic gifts are Netflix originals, animated gems, certified classics and enough festive cheese to fill a platter. Grab some eggnog and nestle up to the fire (or the Yule Log… also available to stream for hours on end!): These are the best Christmas movies on Netflix.