Kiernan Shipka and Mitchell Hope in Let it Snow

Is Let it Snow worth watching?


Let it Snow is worth watching if:

  • You’re looking for a film that captures the winter holiday spirit without going overboard.
  • You want something that’s emotional BUT makes you feel good.
  • You’re looking for a realistic and modern teenage love story.

Let it Snow is not worth watching if:

  • You don’t want anything too lovey-dovey.
  • You don’t want any reminders of your late teen years.
  • You’d prefer to watch old and ugly actors.

Pros:

  • Believable writing, actors, and characters.
  • Captures the holiday spirit without being too Christmas-y.
  • Will make you laugh and cry, but always stays positive and uplifting.

Cons:

  • The cast’s youth and good looks cannot be absorbed through your screen.
  • Meh soundtrack.
  • It will get overlooked by many outside of December.

Isabela Merced in Let it Snow


score: 80% CHILLIN 
One sentence story summary: A snowstorm hits a small town on a cold Christmas Eve, affecting the friendships, love lives and futures of several high school seniors.

After having seen so many Netflix Original movies, one learns to go in with tempered expectations. This is especially true for a holiday film, something Netflix knows people will be looking to watch regardless of how good it turned out. (This is that time of year where people will spend hours with their TV turned to the ‘fireplace channel’ after all.) Now make that ESPECIALLY especially true when it’s a teen holiday movie, since how many teens are paying for their own Netflix subscriptions anyway?

Turns out Let it Snow isn’t just another slapped together film Netflix shoveled into your feed this Christmas, it’s actually pretty awesome.

While Let it Snow might be the best ‘teen movie‘ Netflix has ever made, you certainly don’t need to be a teenager to enjoy it. It’s a great story for all ages, but those in their mid to late teens will be especially appreciative of how it doesn’t feel like it was written by ye old grandpa down at the Netflix offices.

The story, based on the book Let it Snow, follows a varied cast of young characters as it hops between their perspectives during a heavy snowstorm on Christmas Eve in small town Illinois. The message is how something as simple as a snowstorm on a particular day can create ripples in your routine that might alter the rest of your life. It’s the perfect theme for a Christmas movie and a perfect one for a romance.

The film is heavy on snow and teen love, but relatively light on Christmas-y stuff, so it remains perfectly enjoyable no matter what you celebrate and after the holidays have mostly come and gone. With its snow laden themes of love, life, and fate, combined with an optimistic cheerful vibe behind it all and a surprising number of genuine laughs, this becomes an instant go-to in Netflix’s holiday catalogue.

Let it Snow is just a surprisingly great feel good movie. Up and coming lead actresses like Isabela Merced (Dora the Explorer) and Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) make screenwriter Victoria Strouse’s (Finding Dory) adaptation of this heartfelt story as captivating as one could hope.

One might be able to nitpick improvements to a couple side characters and story elements in the pursuit of perfection, and it doesn’t do much to reinvent the rom-com wheel, but Let It Snow shall serve as an excellent holiday viewing option for many years to come.

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