*Well kids it’s that time of year again. The Christmas season is upon us, which means it’s time to grab the family and watch Christmas movies!
The Netflix original “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” is a feel-good movie for all. This star-studded cast embodies all of the emotions of the holiday season, the good and the bad. The film stars Forest Whitaker as Jeronicus Jangle, a toymaker who loses his magic and belief in Christmas and in himself after feeling like he’s lost everything.
His estranged daughter sends her daughter to spend the holidays with her grandfather who is not thrilled about her arrival.
But that doesn’t stop young Journey, played by Madalen Mills, from trying to lift her grandfather’s spirit. After being betrayed by his former apprentice Jeronicus gave up his toy-making profession.
Journey, who is filled with joy and optimism, is determined to help him find his passion again.
For some, the holidays aren’t always a joyful time but people like Journey are needed to help push people back to their joy. We sat down with Forest Whitaker to talk about the film and how it’s helpful to allow others to uplift you and support you.
“Sometimes we go on a journey and we’re struggling, we think we got to bare the world on our shoulders. By sharing and connecting you allow yourself to know you’re not alone,” says Whitaker. Once Jeronicus opens up to his granddaughter he allows space for his world to change and experience a Christmas miracle.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is such an uplifting and exciting movie and not just because of the story. Director David E. Talbert also incorporated singing, dancing, action, and special effects.
This is definitely not your typical Christmas movie. Talbert says he wanted to take all of the wonders and epic feels of what he saw growing up and he did just that with this film.
“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” also stars Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Keegan-Michael Key, and Ricky Martin, and will be streaming on Netflix November 13.