My daughter is autistic so we use a large Advent Calendar during Christmas to ease her anxiety...a little something each day from a clue to an activity or a small Dove chocolate...so when my niece recommended Holiday Calendar to me, I jumped over my sleigh bed to my remote control ready to take new loading in my puppy's mouth and put it on the magical movie. Charming and great tonic relief for a #Pandemic2020 weary soul. Grandfather was an elegant elder and no sugary advice, just wisdom. I think the viewers will take away the possibility of the long road to go the right way is well trodden path.
My cousin recommended the movie to fill my #Pandemic2020 HOLIDAZE! Filming in GUAM and having widespread distribution drew me into the film. Living near an AIr Force base for most of my adult life has giving me deep appreciation to the behind the scenes work with USAF squadrons. Surprisingly pleased when the leading man, Andrew, counters the leading lady's questioning about the Christmas Drop. He explains the mission has double barrel effect in using low flying training as a way to actual serve the greater good. She is required on her mission to find a reason to close this base. The thorough investigation gives rise to a mindful change of heart while observing change of circumstances throughout the Pacific Islands. Explanations on the why, how, where, when, who and heart of missions + training are believable and true to form having been around many military friends and base civilians across decades of time spent in Central Coast California bases and Pacific Northwest Bases.
Fun Pixar movie. Chris Pratt was very engaging as the older brother guiding the younger brother in a quest to conjure their late father for just one more day. Growing up watching my friends, co-workers and my own children playing fantasy board games and not knowing much about them...I found this movie to bridge their world to my own in a playful journey with some poignant moments between and bridging siblings who share the loss of a parent in different, but their respective age appropriate ways. All star cast ..... too many to list here - purchased this for my own family, nieces, and siblings to watch during CoVid19 Pandemic where we were all home safely allowing time to reflect on shared experiences such as this and also laugh together while apart.
This has been on my *to watch* movie list for 17 years....I have saved the newspaper review article from NYTimes on the movie .... and now here we are during the CoVid 19 Pandemic and time was on my hands...I am checking off a list of *Make Me Laugh* movies.
Love that Jeff Daniels is loyal and uses his Michigan roots to film and promote theatre arts. Like a four range octave of a vocalist, he has a four octave range of acting abilities from hilarious to serious and back to laughter and everything in between. The cast he lassoed in for the movie each reveled in their role. You have to love Kate Peckham's many looks from Mid-Century Mad Men Style to Disco Diva, and Sandra Birch with her, "I've used these vacuums as a housekeeper/maid and you can use ‘em too...." and the stylistic Screenplay fugue where each vehicle passersby look over, "Vacuum Cleaner Salesman," ... Matt Letscher and Harve Presnell know that being able to be at your game playfully is tonic for a weary soul. Was a fun movie and refreshing, full belly, laugh out loud. Have fun with it and keep an open mind when the Nuns stop traffic to defend the pursuit of happiness salesman of the year. Life is curious; don't take it too serious. Enjoy!