Black History Month Movie: Jingle Jangle

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: David E. Talbert
Writer: David E. Talbert
Release: November 13, 2020 
Forest Whitaker
Keegan-Michael Key 
Hugh Bonneville 
Anika Noni Rose 
Madalen Mills 
Phylicia Rashad 
Ricky Martin 

An imaginary world comes to life in a holiday tale of an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention that has the power to change their lives forever.--IMDb
As soon as I saw the trailer for this movie I knew that I had to watch it. Not only do I love a good holiday movie, I love the fact that this cast was black. I don’t think we see that enough in our entertainment and we definitely need to do better by it. It was surprising to me, however, that this movie was almost a period piece. All of that said, jingle jangle was such a fun time. Not only were the costumes and the setting beautiful, the music was also wonderful and incredibly catchy, and I really loved the entire plot.

Before I talk about anything else, I really want to talk about the music. I am someone who really enjoys music or musical numbers in movies. I am Indian and I grew up on Bollywood movies so this is second nature for me. I had absolutely no idea that forest Whitaker could sing it? Or that Keegan-Michael Key could sing? It was incredibly surprising to me to see them saying it. Maybe I should not be as surprised as I was. The amazing Anika Noni Rose was in this movie and her voice was just as magical as ever. I was genuinely surprised at what a great voice the young actress, Madalen Mills, who plays the granddaughter had! I really loved how the music added to the story and really propelled it all forward. None of the songs felt out of place and honestly I will definitely be watching this movie for the music alone.

I really loved the setting and the beautiful costumes in this movie. The costumes really added to the setting and I loved how bright the fabrics were. I think that the creators could have easily made the costumes dreary but they definitely added to the cheerful nature of the story. All of this combined with the small town, snowy vibes was magical. I love snow and I really loved all of the winter wonderland settings for the story. This made me want to live in the small town and go to the toy shop and really just get lost in the beautiful world.

If I’m being very honest, I did not expect this movie to have a such strong themes.

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