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Director:  David E. Talbert

Starring:  Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Anika Noni Rose, Madelen Mills, Phylicia Rashad, Ricky Martin, Justin Cornwell

Running Time:  121 minutes

Release Date:  Streaming On Netflix Tuesday, November 10

| Film Synopsis |

A musical adventure and a visual spectacle for the ages, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a wholly fresh and spirited family holiday event. Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder. But when his trusted apprentice (Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter (newcomer Madalen Mills) — and a long-forgotten invention — to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within. From the imagination of writer-director David E. Talbert and featuring original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence, and Davy Nathan, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey reminds us of the strength of family and the power of possibility. 

| Review |

Summary (out of 5)

Two young children ask their grandmother (Phylicia Rashad) to tell them a holiday tale.  Once upon a time, a brilliant inventor and toymaker named Jeronicus Jangle had a great discovery, bringing a tin toy to life. Unfortunately his apprentice, Gustafson (Keegan-Michael Key), makes off with his secrets leaving him with nothing. Years later, his granddaughter, Journey (Madalen Mills) makes a visit and helps him recapture the spirit that first inspired him.  

 

Overall I had a good time with this film.  The production is very colourful and big, the songs were very joyful.  It felt very theatrical and even had elements from the film "The Greatest Showman".  The only problem I had with the film was that it had a lot of story. Felt like we could have cut 30 minutes out of it.  But other than that, 'Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey' is a movie filled with wonder and magic that will put you into the holiday spirit.