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Movie Review: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

jingle_jangle_a_christmas_journeyJingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey reviewed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM)

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a fun and different twist on the usual holiday movie genre. What it lacks in coherent plot lines, it makes up for with great musical numbers, fantastic costumes and some lovely positive messages about family, forgiveness and the magical powers of belief and imagination. The central character of Journey, a young ten-year-old with a passion for inventing, is a wonderful positive role model whose twinkling brightness and spark is delightful. Whilst smaller children will enjoy the music and dancing (even if they get a bit lost in the story), parents should be aware that there are a few scenes that some children might find mildly scary.

The main messages from this movie are that being different is something to be embraced even when it feels tough; that imagination and belief are just as important as facts and calculations; and that it is never too late for forgiveness and redemption.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Not being afraid to be smart and intelligent and to stand out as different.
  • The amazing healing power of unconditional love.
  • Time and patience can heal old wounds and forgiveness is possible.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • What happens when we drive away the people we love the most? Is it important to try and heal old wounds?

This review of Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 19 November 2020.

Available on Netflix. Not suitable under 7; parental guidance to 10 (mild scary scenes and sad themes)

Full full details and for other movie reviews see: ACCM Movie Reviews