Christmas movies, like Christmas music, can get a little repetitive. We can only hear Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” so many times before we go crazy.
Needless to say, it’s always a welcome sight when a new Christmas movie shows up that isn’t from Hallmark. From writer/director David E. Talbert comes Netflix’s newest holiday classic, “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”.
The Christmas musical features original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence and Davy Nathan. The film features an all-star cast in a setting that’s been richly influenced by African culture.
The story follows Jeronicus Jangle, the greatest inventor the world has ever known. On the day Jeronicus had been waiting his whole life for, his apprentice betrays him and runs off with his invention plans. The once-joyful toy maker grows old and forgets his once-sought-after talents. All seems lost for Jeronicus until his bright young granddaughter appears on his doorstep and gives him a new hope.
The world of “Jingle Jangle” centers an all-Black cast in a Victorian period filled with lavish costumes, impressive dance numbers and lovable characters.
The film includes stand-out performances from Forest Whitaker, Ricky Martin, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose and introduces us to Madalen Mills. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, remember her name and voice. Mills performs the songs “Not the Only One” and “Square Root of Possible” which have become some of our favorites from the movie.