Synopsis: In Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. Decades after his trusted apprentice betrayed him. A once joyful toymaker finds new hope when his kind and curious granddaughter comes into his life.
Review: Netflix has kicked off the festivities for Christmas with the premier of Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. The film, which is a story about belief in one’s self and the possibilities that life offers. Is the perfect antidote to the blues.
Jingle Jangle tells the story of Jeronicus. An inventor and toymaker who has a brilliant family life and a wonderful future. However, all changes when he invents a new toy. A clockwork bullfighting action figure called Don Juan Diego. While Jeronicus celebrates his new invention with his wife and daughter. Don Juan Diago, who wants to remain unique. Conspires with Jeronicus’s apprentice Gustafson and the two steal Jeronicus’s book of inventions and set up shop on their own.
This betrayal destroys Jeronicus and he loses both faith and belief in himself as well as his family. His store, which was once the talk of the town falls on hard times. But when his wife dies. It only furthers the depths of despair that Jeronicus falls into.
Several years pass. Gustafson is now the talk of the town but has run out of inventions to use from Jeronicus’s book. Back in the old town. Jeronicus is now a shell of a man running a repair and pawn store. But hope arrives in the form of his granddaughter Journey. Who is the added bit of belief and hope that Jeronicus needs to restore his faith in the possible.
Featuring an all-star cast. This film pulls out all the stops. Forest Whitaker is absolutely brilliant as the older version of Jeronicus who has lost all hope but slowly finds it again. Madalen Mills puts in a fantastic performance as Jeronicus’s granddaughter Journey. She effortlessly sails through the movie and has fun chemistry with Kieron L. Dyer who plays Jeronicus’s new apprentice Eddison.Ricky Martin does a brilliant job as Juan Diego the toy bullfighter and pretty much steals the show as the film’s real villain.
Netflix pulled all the stops out with this film. The production values are brilliant as you really do find yourself transported to a wonderful world of imagination. I loved the sequences where Jeronicus and Journey were working on math equations in order to make their inventions work. The visual of seeing the mathematical symbols appear in front of the two characters when they were working stuff out was such fun.
The song and dance numbers were also brilliantly done and didn’t dominate the whole film. We got some really nice scenes between Journey and Jeronicus throughout and the warmth of that relationship as it unfolded was an absolute joy to watch. As was the film’s message of believing in one’s self and the many possibilities.
With the pandemic and everything else that has been going on with the world. This movie is the perfect antidote to for anyone that is beginning to struggle with the rigors of lockdown. A brilliant early Christmas present from Netflix that all the family can enjoy.
- CGI & Stunts9.5
- Music and Soundtrack10