Ronise V. ☀️💧’s review published on Letterboxd:
☀️ Christmas in July - 'Tis NOT The Season 🎄- Movie #1
A historian is hired to create an exhibition honoring the history of the Plaza Hotel at Christmas.
Before I start this review, let me put your thoughts to rest. Oh no, I've turned into one of those people who's a Christmas nut job 24/7! Well, that's kinda the case, but I do have a reason for it. Welcome to my version of Christmas in July where I'll be using the whole month of July to catch whatever Christmas content I've yet to see, while also trying to avoid my regular holiday favorites (and also maybe virtual judgemental stares on Letterboxd). Which includes TV specials, made-for-TV schlock, and other Netflix/streaming originals I've missed in prior. And to think I've seen it all already.
Starting with this one, as far as these Hallmark movie standards go, it's an above par one. But I think that the setting of Christmas in New York and at The Plaza had a major part in it. And the fact that it's really well-directed and shot. Definite improvement production wise. Good chemistry with the leads, actual music, and of course the holiday spirit and feelings are present here. The side love story with the bellhop was touching as well. I'm not a Hallmarkie so to speak, but I sorta get the appeal if they create homey, comforting television with all their movies, specifically the Christmas ones. But I'd also imagine they're some more better than others, and I'd say this film is one of them. I'm not opposed to seeing this again when the holidays do actually come around.
And yes I'm bringing this back:
How Christmassy is it: Very Christmassy. Christmas decor, Snow, family gatherings, ugly Christmas sweaters, Christmas tree toppers, etc.
Three and a half Christmas trees (🎄🎄🎄) for enjoyment scale.
Warning: G. No sex, nudity, profanity or violence.