The Best Movies Watched Over Christmas 2020

Most years Christmas is a time where families gather, eat, celebrate, and hit the theaters. This year, families video chatted, ordered in, and streamed from their couches. Here are 4 movies that came out this season (or on Christmas day) that you may want to watch:

4. Soul on Disney+

This animated piece is Pixar’s first film with a Black lead. This overdue decision cast Jamie Foxx as a middle school band teacher, and jazz musician, who dies just as he’s getting his big break. He spends most of the movie attempting to return to life, while assisting an unborn soul (voiced by Tina Fey) discover their own reason for living. Soul is ideal for families, and although it discusses the afterlife, it may not result in having to explain death to your children. While there are a few problematic issues (such as Fey’s voice in a Black man’s body), and the movie feels longer than it is, there’s still a lot of enjoy about this movie and it’s message.

3. Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max

Gal Gadot is back! The WW sequel we’ve been waiting (and waiting and waiting) for, finally came out. Kirsten Wiig and Pedro Pascal are phenomenal, the action is fun and abundant, and the return of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) was sufficiently conducted and explained. Landing at 2.5 hours, WW84 is packed full of story, heartbreak, and 80s nostalgia. Aside from a lack of understanding regarding middle east politics and questions of consent (both issues which are glossed over) it’s an enjoyable movie. Not an improvement on the first film, but an entertaining next chapter.
Watch the trailer here.

2. We Can Be Heroes on Netflix

A sequel to Shark Boy and Lava Girl which doesn’t require a viewing of the original, this star-packed movie also introduces a whole slew of new, young, actors. We Can Be Heroes follows the children of superheroes as they learn to work together to rescue their super-parents from an alien invasion. With a beautiful message, and a team of entertaining kid characters, We Can Be Heroes is just a delight and genuinely funny (even for the adults in the room).
Watch the trailer here.

1. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey on Netflix

By far the best movie of the bunch! A gorgeously colorful musical story about a family of toymaker and the magic of invention and believing in oneself. From catchy song, to stunning costumes, and a pretty stellar cast, Jingle Jangle is one of those surprise gems that just happens to take place at Christmas, without needing to involve Santa. Perfect for the whole family, especially if you’re a fan of musical numbers and pretty costumes.
Watch the trailer here.

Which movies did YOU watch this Holiday season? Let us know in the comments!

— Yael Tygiel

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