The original Nativity movie is a huge Christmas favourite in the Boardman household. It’s one of the first seasonal Blu-ray’s to get played each year, along with the soundtrack too. The second and third movie are thought of nowhere near as highly though. I managed to sleep through most of one of them at the cinema, and just got bored and angry at the other. My daughter on the other hand, likes all of them. So, me being the dutiful dad, decided to go along with her to see the latest offering, Nativity Rocks!
Simply put, this sits somewhere between number 2 and 3 in terms of awfulness. There isn’t a single remaining original cast member, and all of what made the original movie so enjoyable is now completely lost. The thing about this one is that it is even more muddled than previous movies. There is so much going on, so many plot threads quickly introduced that nothing ever gets explored enough. Leaping from scene to scene, to the point where you don’t have enough time to care about any of them. There’s a story about Syrian refugees and a Syrian father and son getting separated, a boy whose parents are so caught up with work that they’re neglecting him, homelessness, not to mention all the school nativity stuff. So many famous faces cropping up too and all needing their screen time. Then suddenly, right at the end they put on a big nativity show, making you wonder how on earth they had time to plan and rehearse any of it!
Luckily, my daughter agreed that this wasn’t very good so even if they decide to keep churning these out, at least I won’t have to go and see them.
- The Verdict
My watch-list of movies and TV shows continues to grow, while my available spare time continues to shrink. Occasionally I’ll manage to tick one off the list, and then I’ll try and ramble on a little bit about it on here.