A Boy Called Christmas (\N)

Michiel Huisman, Kristen Wiig, Maggie Smith, Toby Jones,
In this origin story of Father Christmas, an ordinary boy (with a loyal pet mouse and a reindeer at his side) sets out on an extraordinary adventure to find his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of Elfhelm.
  • 6.7 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2019-04-18 Added:
  • Matt Haig, Ol Parker, Writer:
  • Gil Kenan, Director:
  • Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Producer:


9 / 10


Whenever you have maggie smith in a movie, made in the latter years ,it will be a success. Its a christmas treat to us all from netflix to make the time of advent and waiting feel a bit shorter. Yes... even for a grumpy old man that physically hasnt bought a x-mas present for 10 years ( not due to scrooginess, rather 100% lack of fantasy, and that may spoucy right hand loves to do it.).

Its a story about the making of sankt nokolas in the cold deep winterwoods of suomian lappland, or finland, a story told in a dreamy fashionable mix of ms.smiths narrative, bold special effects, and studio decors, loads of sharp colours and light, even the darkness has its charm, put in some animatronix, alosg with a durable, well known angloamerican acting talent and long time traders on the silver screen then youll have a hit.

This is the julefilm for everybody that believes in hope, and to everybody that knows that a home is more than a home, cause its also a feeling, and if you loose your feeling of home then you may have to reignite your way of life and just to retain hope, and if youre there not hoping and disbelieving, do put this flick on for yourself and everybody around you...

loads of nice music too, but the primrose is dear maggie after all. So a recommend to this one.

7 / 10

Nice film

Netflix struggle to make decent movies at the best of times. They have a habit of pushing politics rather than good story telling. This film tries to be more about story and less about politics, however, it struggles to do so.

This is a nice film. It has some great acting. It has some beautiful cinematography. What is struggles with is the heart. At many times, I felt as if the creators didn't believe in the message they were selling. Despite best efforts of the actors, they struggled to make this film work.

It's a nice film. If you have young children, they are very likely to enjoy themselves watching this. However, I would suggest that Netflix have a long way to go in making decent films for entertainment purposes. It's probably time they find a new leadership team for their film making.

10 / 10


Oh dear, dear, dear. I was getting ready to watch A Boy Called Christmas and decided to first read a handful of early user reviews that were posted. I wish I hadn't. While I always try to respect the opinions of most reviewers, positive or negative, there are a few that routinely post careless, negative comments, without much thought towards how it may impact not only the film's success, but also how it may affect the human beings who brought it to life for our entertainment.

In the case of this film, one reviewer literally eviscerated Henry Lawfull, a rookie actor with few credits to his name. Although his legal age isn't available, he's likely in his early teens. In any case, don't think for a moment that some of the more cruelly targeted jabs and nasty comments don't hurt him. They do.

I remember when similar rude and callous comments were prematurely and carelessly thrown at the young actors Natalie Portman and Jake Lloyd in their Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) debuts. Portman of course went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Black Sean (2011) and garnered multiple Oscar nominations. Sadly, Lloyd left the industry shortly afterwards, hurt, and disillusioned. We'll never know if Lloyd could have recovered from those early malicious barbs as well as Portman.

I'm even more amused with the reviewer who expressed his complete annoyance with "the mouse." That's right. A clever, cute, cuddly, and somewhat humorous CGI mouse! OMG where is this heading when even a mouse can garner bad reviews? Heaven help us.

We'll, I'll get to the film itself now having summoned the courage to finally watch it. A Boy Called Christmas is a lush and visually stunning production fit for adults and probably children 11-12 or older. There's both a delicate yet harsh feel to the film. Some scenes are wonderfully sweet, only to be followed by a gritty one. Gee, what a concept when art does indeed imitate real life!

Any film with Maggie Smith is a better film with her in it. Sally Hawkins is mind blowing. She's an actor's actor, and her chameleon-like ability to adapt to such diverse characters is stunning. It's also very refreshing to see Kristin Wigg in a more meaty, antagonistic role, and clearly a giant leap from Bridesmaids (2011).

As always, no spoilers here, but I will reveal that the movie is based on Matt Haig's 2015 book of the same name.

9 / 10

Really really loved it

What a great way to tell it like this. Beautiful scenery. I love the mountains and the snow. So it was a really feast for me. Its a reall must see. And it was not that scary, so the kids can see it to.

5 / 10

It's worth a watch... for some.

I'm torn, to be honest. It's a beautifully filmed movie. Every actor did an outstanding job, with the exception of the mouse, who was just flat out irritating and whose dialog was out of place and took you out of the story. The actor voicing the mouse did a fine job. Nothing against him. The fault was with the writers and this is where the movie fails.

The movie and the story have old world charm, which is fantastic! Then the mouse starts talking which snatches you out of the story world and reminds you that writers today try too hard to be clever instead of good storytellers. Modern, dumbed-down humor can't be avoided anymore it seems. The conversation between the king and the townspeople (when discussing what was missing from their village) is clear evidence that the writers are full of themselves and self-indulgent.

A movie that SHOULD have been written for kids and COULD have been an instant classic is ruined by dark, adult themes and humor. This isn't a child's movie unless you count rebellious, depressed teenagers who've been convinced by today's education and society that all hope and joy are gone from the world.

The writing is the sole reason I only give this 5 Stars. It could have been so much more if the writers hadn't been so self-indulgent and "clever."