The Disney Plus original Noelle is a featured film on the new streaming platform, and I was able to see it during a special screening last week.
Before we get into it, I need to point out the genius of producer Suzanne Todd. From Alice In Wonderland, Bad Moms and Boiler Room, Suzanne Todd is the powerhouse behind some of our favorite films of all time.
After the screening of Disney Plus’s Noelle, we were able to sit down with Suzanne and talk with her about her inspiration behind this film.
Being a Global Citizen
Suzanne shared with us that Noelle was originally meant for the big screen, but she was so impressed with Disney+ and their drive for global citizenship. Noelle fit right into the theme of the streaming service.
Plus, this gave the production team lots of places to put in hidden Mickeys. Yes, you will see them as soon as the film starts.
Way More Heart Than You Expect
Noelle took me by surprise from the mere fact that there are lots of heartfelt moments. From the trailer, you would think this would be a cute, funny, and light-hearted film. While we do get to experience those emotions, the storyline touches on some tough subjects that only a Christmas-themed movie can provide.
From poverty, divorce, and setting high expectations for our children, Noelle gives us that gentle push to bring these topics to the forefront. Even though these may be heavy ideals, Noelle still shares them in a way that isn’t too much for children.
A Christmas Movie for Parents
Noelle is definitely a family friendly film, and Suzanne Todd did a brilliant job of creating a visually stunning experience. There will be some parts of the film that touch your heart deeply as a parent.
I was especially moved by the roles given to Noelle and Nick by their parents, and the fact that they both felt trapped in said assignments. We try our hardest to not box our kids into these positions, but this film reminded me to be even more cognizant of it.
Will Kids Like Noelle?
This is the big question I wanted to figure out. While this film is layered with many talking points, I think it will fare very well with our kids. There aren’t any extremely sensitive or scary scenes in the film, and the Christmas theme keeps things uplifting (even during the emotional parts).
The Twinkle is Real
While I don’t want to spoil the film, I will say that my favorite part of this film was the mention of The Twinkle. Every parent of a daughter believes in this “twinkle” in their little girl, and this phrase ends up being the true meaning of the film. Once you hear about the twinkle, and realize what it means, you’ll tear up.
Disney Plus Noelle Review Wrap-up
All and all, I have to say that Noelle is a holiday movie you will add to your top 5 list for years to come. I was so moved by it that it is now in the running as my favorite Christmas film. Yes, it’s that good.