Expect a lot of Christmas themed movies coming up guys! There isn’t much else out there these days. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey was not originally on my radar which is strange. You’d think it was right up my alley considering the fact that it’s also a musical. Something about it just didn’t appeal to me straight away and I probably wouldn’t have watched it if it wasn’t for my husband. But you know what? I’m so glad I did because it was pretty awesome!
Jeronicus Jangle (Justin Cornwell) is the world’s most successful toy maker. Supported by his wife (Sharon Rose) and daughter (Diaana Babnicova), he knows he’s going places in his life. When his apprentice Gusatfson (Miles Barrow) decides to steal all of Jeronicus’s ideas, Jeronicus is left with nothing.
Fast forward several years later and Jeronicus (Forest Whitaker) isn’t doing well. His wife passed and he made his daughter move away. He also opened a pawn shop in order to make ends meet. Gustafson (Keegan Michael Key) is now the word’s best toy maker and living out the dreams that Jeronicus once had. But then Jeronicus’s granddaughter Journey (Madalen Mills) comes to visit and his life is turned upside down. Together they must put aside their differences so they can once again be a family.
I have no idea why I didn’t want to watch this. There are so many good things about it! First of all, the music. All the songs were written by John Legend and were performed amazingly. This is the type of production I’d love to see on stage in a room full of people. The energy was electrifying.
Similarly, the costumes and make up were A+. I felt like I was in a whole other world because these people were so life like and animated. In addition, the sets and special effects were also on a whole other level and unlike anything I had ever seen before.
I also liked the change in cast members to depict how much time has passed in the story. There was some fabulous talent there with old and new names alike. Ultimately though, it was the family aspect that I enjoyed the most. It was believable, relatable and truly gave me all the feels.
Overall, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is the best movie you could hope to see this holiday season. It has so much to offer and may even leave you with tears in your eyes.