“Let it Snow” is a Netflix original movie based on the novel “Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances”, written by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson. Each writer is successful in their work, writing young adult novels viewed highly among teens.
While this movie was well-made and impressive, it was not a heart wrenching or an incredibly memorable movie. To be fair, the movie never claimed to be one that left tears on our face, but it didn’t necessarily leave a mark on the audience.
The central story revolves around 3 main characters whose paths all cross because of a snowstorm that hits on Christmas eve. Due to the snow, their plans are all deterred, lives collide, and now are forever changed. During this film, a stranded pop star, a friendzoned nerd, a squad of competitive dancers, a mysterious woman wearing tin foil, and many more characters enrich and better each other’s lives.
What makes the movie complex is the multitude of characters and strands of plotlines that overlap and connect in the end. The variety of stories and different characters made it an easy movie to watch, as there is little emotional investment. However, I found that the diversity in plots led to a shallower character and plot development, giving the movie a scattered feel.
“I thought that there were too many plotlines, and it got confusing. The movie could have been better if it had one major plotline, and had stuck to it,” Edie Cahill ’23 says.
There were many heartwarming aspects to the movie though, and while it being a romantic movie, “Let it Snow” explores connections as well as difficult life decisions, young adults at the center of it all. But because they hopped around stories, those difficult and memorable topics weren’t as deeply considered and left little mark in our hearts.
One of the few successes that came with the scattered plotlines was the fact that we, the audience, are able to get different perspectives on almost parallel issues. The different characters have completely different personalities and values, the audience is given a window into contrasting viewpoints of life, giving us different characters to relate to.
The writers also succeeded in maintaining engagement, throughout the movie, for the most part. Because of the different storylines, I didn’t have to go through the excruciating period where a character’s background is stuffed and somehow tied into the story of the movie, which has been done before and is quite cliché.
“Let it Snow” is a movie that boldly took on the hard task of multiple stories in a given amount of time. Ultimately, I think the cons outweigh the pros that come with the theme. The big picture just wasn’t illustrated clearly enough within 92 minutes, even though the individual stories were engaging. Had this movie been made into a TV or mini-series instead, it may have left a bigger mark. Save yourself some time, and opt for the better John Green series, “Looking for Alaska”.