Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Review- A Classic colorful adventure

Forest Whitaker plays a legendary toy-maker in the Christmas-themed musical movie – Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. The film will be available since November 13 on Netflix.

In the opening minutes of the latest Christmas movie Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey by David E. Talbert, two children ask their grandmother (Phylicia Rashad) to tell them a story about the holiday. One of them even specifically requested that this be a “Christmas Eve” story, the grandmother with sparkling eyes looks at them before saying, “I think it’s time to tell a new story.”

It is clear that the story of Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is not too new for the audience. In all, with a mostly colored cast, this is a flashy, proud, entertaining musical movie with a style that is extremely popular during the festive season. But with this cold winter of an empty year on the horizon, a familiar, human, and hopeful experience can be something special.

The main actor in the film Forest Whitaker performed surprisingly good singing ability. He played a Victorian toy-maker named Jeronicus Jangle in a fictional town called Cobbleton. The plot is inherently unremarkable, revolving around Jeronicus struggling after his wife’s death and betrayed by his students (played by Keegan-Michael Key, giving the audience a comical character as usual. rate). Years later, with the help of his granddaughter Journey (played by new face Madelen Mills), Jeronicus found the original inspiration he had lost.

The film’s visual style is breathtaking in the steampunk era (inspired by movies like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Willy Wonka, and the Chocolate Factory and Doctor Doolittle), portrayed by Jeronicus’s mechanical creations includes a cute robot that is a mini-villain model Don Juan Diego (voiced by Ricky Martin).

The colorful production and costume design will be appreciated if the audience can see it on the big screen, as well as the music scene will be cut smoother without too much confusion. The writer/director Talbert’s film (Baggage Claim, Almost Christmas) was originally a musical, so it is easy to recognize the theatrical roots in many of its scenes, including a snowball scene. very detailed staging.

The music is full of energy and bold R&B in the movie, but at the same time, it also combines with a variety of musical styles, including lyrical, classic Broadway. The great music in the movie comes from voices like John Legend, Philip Lawrence – who is best known for the Grammy Awards for collaborating with big names like Bruno Mars, and the highlight of the music in the film. is Magic Man G, under Key’s incredible skillful demonstration.

If there’s a problem with Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, it’s a movie too crammed with sub-plots like Jeronicus reuniting with his grown-up daughter played by Anika Noni Rose, his meeting with an employee bank (Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville in a very entertaining cameo) and be asked to pay off a debt that has been overdue for decades, as well as an adventure scene inspired by theme parks seems more suitable for a movie like Indiana Jones. Like many previous children’s movies, embracing content images makes viewers feel more tired than excited.

Even so, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, with its fair amount of stop-motion and CGI animation, built its focus and successfully delivered a classic Christmas story with the character diversity, will be able to attract a new audience generation.

Film Credits

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)


Forest Whitaker as Jeronicus Jangle

Keegan Michael Key as Gustafson

Hugh Bonneville as Delacroix

Anika Noni Rose as Jessica

Phylicia Rashad as Grandmother Journey

Madalen Mills as Journey

Ricky Martin as Don Juan Diego (voice)

Miles Barrow as Young Gustafson


  • David E. Talbert


  • David E. Talbert


  • Remi Adefarasin


  • John Debney

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