by Adam Thas and Alison Thas
Part 2: The Knight Before Christmas
The Princess Switch, was pure holiday gold and my favorite from all the loads of Christmas movies that came out last year. So after seeing the previews for The Knight Before Christmas, it looked like we had a winner!
Hudgens plays a high school teacher whose salary allows her the freedom to purchase one beautiful holiday outfit after another all the while paying the mortgage for a house that comes with its own guest house. Unfortunately, Hudgens’s luck stops there. An unfaithful boyfriend has left her scornful, bitter, and afraid to love again. Hudgens befriends a young man claiming to be a knight from the 14th century. Even when all the people around her see the spark of romance between them, Hudgens has a hard time lowering her guard and allowing the flames of love to kindle. I know most of you checked out reading that brief synopsis, but it’s not about the plot!
Adam: I’m not sure if Alison did this on purpose or not, but I’m enjoying this movie a lot more than the last one. Of course it also feels better to be kicked in the leg after you’ve been kicked in the nuts. I have to admit seeing the previews for this one, I was actually more excited for Holiday in the Wild, so I was not looking forward to this but there are things to like. Hudgens and Whitehouse have this thing called “chemistry” that Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis spent 85 minutes not finding.
When doing a deep dive into The Knight Before Christmas, it’s nearly impossible to be critical of it because it delivers what it promises. It’s heartwarming and pleasant, and you can easily watch it with the family or put it on in the background while setting up Christmas decorations. It’s competently made and everyone involved with the movie knows what they’re doing so that a giant mess doesn’t wind up on the screen. It sticks to the formula that allows Hudgens, the new queen of Christmas movies, to do what she does.
Even though the movie itself is far from a train wreck, I feel I wouldn’t be doing my duty for the site, Patrick, or to you, dear reader, if I didn’t point out my two biggest issues with the movie. The first isn’t really an issue, just more of advice. Ladies, if you at any point hit a man dressed as a knight with your car and after he wakes up claims to be a time traveler from 1300s England, I don’t care how cute he is or how much you believe in magic, you probably shouldn’t take him home with you.
Now say it faster.
The guy’s name is “Circle” and not a single person in the movie addresses it, makes a joke about, or even snickers at it. I spent the entire movie waiting for the fact that his name is “Circle” to have some dumb double meaning about life and time travel, but it never came. I am endlessly fascinated that out of the hundreds and probably thousands of people involved in the writing and filming of this movie, no one said anything.