For now, I would have to say that the “Ulan” trailer succeeded in generating interest in its intriguing concept. It piques curiosity while keeping its audiences excited about the mysterious premise of the film. Whether the build up to the mystery would pay off for the film of not, audiences will find out on March 13 when the film releases on Philippine theaters. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it does.
All in all, Eli Roth managed to sate his penchant for blood and gore with pumpkins that spewed out their crushed insides and a decaying evil wizard who had rotten teeth, although it was not as his usual level of horror. Overall, the CGI was good and the magic was there too that would keep children and adults alike entertained for its 1 hour and 45 minute run. Its a good adaptation of the 1973 book by Jonathan Bellairs but I wouldn’t say that this was my favorite kids’ movie. Still, it was a passable one.
All in all, I love how Christmas-y the entire movie was. It manages to embody everything that people love about the holidays and it even got me tearing up through the corniest and cheesiest of dialogues simply because it taps into audiences’ soft spot for family and love. The elves are super cute, especially Lars and Bjorn who can’t get enough of candy canes. I loved Santa’s Fast and the Furious moment, his hatred for his commercial depictions, his brutal frankness and his musical number and the reveal on who Mrs. Claus was. It was fun and entertaining yet it was funny and dramatic at the same time and that’s a plus and a plus on my book. Personally, I think this could work perfectly as a standalone but I wouldn’t mind sitting through a sequel if Netflix decides to greenlight a follow up movie for next year. Thumbs up to the entire team behind this movie!
PS. By the way, my nephew sat through the entire movie and this is the first time he has completed watching an entire full feature film and remained interested throughout. If that isn’t a shining endorsement, I don’t know what is. Thank you or this gem, Netflix!
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