by Adam Thas and Alison Thas
Alison: Adam and I came across this movie quite by accident. We had initially started watching Holly Star, but when the movie’s protagonist claimed she had witnessed Santa Claus involved in a homicide, Adam and I both realized this movie was not for us! A quick search on Netflix uncovered The Holiday Calendar.
Abby is gifted an antique Advent calendar belonging to her grandmother. From Day One, the calendar seems magical. Each night at midnight, the day’s door opens to reveal a small figurine. Abby quickly realizes that the figurine somehow connects to the events of her day. Through the magic of the calendar, Abby meets and falls for the town’s most eligible bachelor, Ty. But what about Josh? Will the calendar bring these two together once and for all?
While the movie has a fairly predictable plot, especially with the love triangle (more holiday movie genius!), the magical Advent calendar spiced this movie up. At first, Abby (and I) couldn’t wait to see what the calendar revealed. But as some unfortunate events begin to occur, Abby grows resentful of the calendar and the hope it had awakened within her. The calendar itself doesn’t drive any of the plot points, but I appreciated the magical element it brought to the story. Personally, I love trying to predict how movies are going to turn out. Having little clues sprinkled throughout the movie only made the viewing that much more fun for me!
That’s the thing, though. Her ability to see the future never plays a part in this movie at all. For the first couple times when she doesn’t really know what’s going on, we can excuse it; the calendar pops out mini ice skates, she finds herself on ice that day. Soon, though, once Abby figures it out the entire movie becomes "calendar pops out a tiny toy, and the next scene is us watching how that toy relates to that scene’s events." At no point does she try and change the future, use it to her advantage, nothing. The calendar has absolutely nothing to do with the outcome of the movie! Towards the end, Abby stops looking at the calendar completely. It’s just insane to me that you have such a major plot point and it has nothing to do with the plot or the outcome. It’s like if Star Trek was about Spock, Bones, and Kirk opening a boutique in New Jersey and they just happen to be into Astronomy…. Okay, I’d still watch that, but you get my point.