I had a chance to check out a film that I’ve been looking forward to seeing for awhile now, Almost Christmas, and I wanted to provide you all with a review. Before I get started, take a look at the trailer if you haven’t seen it already.
One year after the passing of his wife, Walter Meyer (Glover) invites his family home for the Holidays. Knowing that his children can’t seem to get along, all he’s asking for this year is that they hold it together for at least 5 days leading up to Christmas. That doesn’t happen. But in spite of the drama, which stemmed from the pain of losing their mother, the family realizes that the only thing that truly matters is the love that they have for each other.
Have you seen the films Soul Food and This Christmas? Do you remember how you felt once those movies were over? Well, remix that a little and I guarantee you that you’ll get the same warm feeling at the end of Almost Christmas. I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It’s always nice to see a feel-good story about the universal message of love and family because that narrative isn’t as popular as it used to be.
There was great chemistry and comedic timing between the entire cast, especially with Mo’Nique who I almost forgot was a comedian until she reminded me about her Nikki Parker days. The only hiccup that I had with the storyline is that there were a lot of subplots that had to be condensed to fit the time frame of the movie. But I knew that it was for character development and it didn’t affect the overall flow, so no real damage was done.
If you’re looking for a film that you can enjoy with your loved ones, look no further than Almost Christmas. By the end of it, you’ll feel like calling up your cousins and nem’ to go to grandma’s house.
Grade of A-
Until Next Time…