Continuing its Christmas programming, Netflix now includes Angela’s Christmas in its catalog, to the delight of those who love to feel this year-end Christmas mood (watch here).
That was only possible because of Frank McCourt. The writer, who died in 2009, created this warm and friendly story that now wins the world through Netflix. It was his dream to make this adaptation, which was eventually completed by his wife, the film’s executive producer. This special is therefore a tribute to the writer and Pulitzer-winning intellectual for “Angela’s Ashes” while having the potential to become a must-watch movie for Christmas dinner.
This special, which has only half an hour, leaves a feeling of “I can’t get enough of it” at the end. The production is very successful in having us, with so little time, attached to little Angela and her mission. There was an opportunity to “stretch” the story a bit more so we could take better advantage of all the empathy the characters created. The choice to make it so short, however, can be justified in keeping that aura around the work, preventing it from falling into repetitions and thereby losing its magic.
Angela’s Christmas also has s superb animation. In such specials it is rare to have such a well-finished production that often resembles Robert Zemeckis’ work in “A Christmas Carol”, in 2009. However, while in that movie the director used motion capture to give life to characters, here is the pure and simple animation that makes the production excellent.
For those who love this kind of story that brings comfort and excitement to the holiday season, Angela’s Christmas is one of the best things you can find on Netflix. It is the ideal special to cause tears of emotion to pour down one’s face, and that also makes us reflect on the goodness and the feeling of compassion that, although it sometimes seems to no longer exist, still inhabits human beings.
Synopsis 1: A big-hearted girl. A baby in a manger. And a special Christmas her family will never forget.
Synopsis 2: A trip to church with her family on Christmas Eve gives young Angela an extraordinary idea. A heartwarming tale based on a story by Frank McCourt.