If you’re a romance reader, you’re probably also a fan of Christmas romance movies.  And if that’s the case, there’s no way you could have missed all the trailers and ads for Last Christmas already in theaters or The Knight Before Christmas coming to Netflix on November 21st.

 

So let me go in for the kill right away on Last Christmas.  Although the song is catchy and the script is co -authored by Emma Thompson, THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE. Starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, and that great Christmas song, it looks like it’s a love story (and I was so glad to see a hot Asian guy in what I thought was the love interest lead), but there’s a “twist” that is so wrong, that it ruins the movie.  But don’t let me be the judge. In the immortal words of Rolling Stone reviewer David Fear, “Incredibly, shockingly, monumentally bad. The kind of bad that falls somewhere between finding a lump of coal in your stocking and discovering one painfully lodged in your rectum.” I do not think I could have said it better

So that leaves us looking forward to The Knight Before Christmas, which is the Christmas version of Kate & Leopold but with a knight instead of a duke. The plot is basic time travel fantasy - a sorceress transports medieval knight Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) to present-day Ohio during the holiday season, where he befriends Brooke (Vanessa Hudgens), a down-on-love science teacher. She helps this knight out of time navigate the modern world and discover how to complete his quest—the only act that will return him to his time. Of course, as they grow closer, and he appreciates the new world and Brooke’s charms, he begins to wonder just how much he wants to return to his old life.

 

Though schmaltzy, The Knight before Christmas is just the right kind of holiday rom-com fluff.