A Boy Called Christmas – Movie Review | In Cinemas 25 Nov 2021

a boy called christmas

A Boy Called Christmas | In Cinemas 25 November 2021

Christmas comes early as the trailer is released for Gil Kenan’s (Monster House, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) live-action magical adventure, A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS.

An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story that proves nothing is impossible…

Play & Go Movie Review:

It’s the new heartwarming Christmas movie full of hope and magic we’ve been waiting for. Adapted from the bestselling book by Matt Haig, ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ is destined to become a beloved Christmas classic for all the family to enjoy for years to come.

The story centres around the amazing adventure of a young boy called Nikolas. He sets out in search of his father, who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm, in the snowy north. Accompanying him is his loyal pet mouse and a reindeer called Blitzen. Magic and wonderment fills the adventure, with beautiful visuals and lovable animal characters.

Scare factor wise for little ones, be aware there is a rather scary troll who is keen to eat a child which some kids may find frightening. There is also a thread throughout the film of parental loss which may be a trigger for any child who is, or has, experienced grief. This is not dissimilar to most Disney films where for some reason Mums seem to fare badly in just about every story.

If you’re a bit of a sappy la la like me, be prepared for tears, but also laughs, and unless you’re grinchy, you will leave with a heart full of Christmas hope. This is a movie for all the believers, young and old, and it encapsulates the magic of Christmas, and the true spirit of kindness and giving, in a beautiful way.

Henry Lawfull is a rising star playing 12 year old Nikolas. The funny Kristen Wiig is great as his Aunt Carlotta. His father Joel is played by Michiel Huisman, who adult audiences may know for his work in ‘Game of Thrones’. Jim Broadbent is brilliant as the king. The treasure of the film is undoubtedly Dame Maggie Smith as Aunt Ruth (of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Downton Abbey’).

We went along with a group of ages – kids from 6 to 13 and adults up to 70+ – we all loved this one. It’s an imaginative tale with lots of Christmas clues that kids will be able to piece together and maybe discover new things each time it’s watched.

This is an unforgettable feel good movie that is a must watch to get you into the spirit of Christmas.

Watch the trailer below:


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What:   A Boy Called Christmas 

When:    In Cinemas 25 November 2021

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