By OlaTunde M.D.

The Knight Before Christmas is a 2019 Christmas comedy film directed by Monika Mitchell and written by Cara J. Russell. It was released on November 21, 2019. Filming for the film took place in Orillia and Bracebridge in Ontario, Canada between May and October 2019

A movie to watch this season, full of romantic actions showing on netflix. If you are an hopeless romantic, this is a movie for you, that has all the trappings of a simple yet powerful love theme.

A Netflix Christmas movie has now become an annual tradition and the streaming giant is giving us plenty of festive choice this year.

After Let It Snow earlier this month, The Knight Before Christmas has arrived to give you some yuletide joy, especially if you’re after more scenes of Vanessa Hudgens baking, like she did in The Princess Switch.

The Knight Before Christmas sees an “old crone” send medieval knight Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) from Norwich, England in 1334 to Bracebridge, Ohio in 2019 to fulfil an unknown quest that involves his heart.

There, he meets science teacher Brooke (Hudgens) who has become disillusioned with love after her ex cheated on her. As she helps Sir Cole deal with the modern world and solve his quest, the two grow closer and a holiday romance blossoms.

The Knight Before Christmas, Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse

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We need to start off by unleashing our Grinch side. Objectively speaking, The Knight Before Christmas is not a good movie.

It lazily recycles every cliché in the book (from both the romcom and Christmas-movie chapters), has a sickly-sweet tone that will make your teeth hurt and often feels more like an advert for Netflix – Sir Cole genuinely watches fellow 2019 Christmas offering Holiday in the Wild and they talk about “binge-watching”.

And yet, The Knight Before Christmas isn’t a movie that anyone should be reviewing in the traditional sense.

The Knight Before Christmas, Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse

There is absolutely no way you’re pressing play on this movie without knowing exactly what to expect – and that is absolutely why you will be watching it. So The Knight Before Christmas sleighs it (sorry, not sorry) when it comes to that objective.

The characters having a romantic date over hot chocolate? Check. Fish-out-of-water lols as Sir Cole struggles with modern technology? Check. Old-fashioned words like “bejabbers!” and “wench”? Check. A kiss under the mistletoe? Check. A community coming together at Christmas time to support each other? Check. A last-minute grand romantic gesture? CHECK CHECK CHECK.

It’s hard to be snooty when faced with such an assault of unashamed Christmas feels, and the movie just about avoids feeling too cynical (even if it does come mightily close at times).

The Knight Before Christmas, Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse

Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Whitehouse – who would have been in that cancelled Game of Thrones prequel – make for an endearing pairing, both fully aware of the type of movie they’re in and treating it with enough sincerity to make their romance work.

Throw in a heartwarming message and The Knight Before Christmas has every possible festive ingredient you could want, even a puppy in a stocking.

Culled from IAN SANDWELL Piece Is – The Knight Before Christmas on Netflix a festive treat?