Twelve Days of Christmas Movies: Christmas in the Clouds

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by Tim

Special Blog feature: Twelve Days of Christmas Movies. We’ll be watching Hallmark, Lifetime, and other Christmas masterpieces and reporting back to you on how they were. Movies will be graded on a Christmas curve. It’s just not fair to judge Christmas movies on the same standard as big budget, or medium budget, films. It’s also not very Christmassy to be so judgemental of such earnest pieces of art. We’ll be offering a brief synopsis, a quick review, and a rating as to just how Christmassy the films are. We hope you enjoy this feature, and we hope you enjoy your Christmas.

Tonight’s Christmas masterpiece and our inaugural review is “Christmas in the Clouds”, available on Amazon Prime’s Hallmark Movie channel. Christmas in the Clouds features a Native American cast and that classic Christmas movie trope: The Mistaken Identity. It also has a recurring appearance by a painted mouse (take a look at the top of the poster), which was my favorite part.

Brief Synopsis: Retired Chief Joe Clouds on Fire has been exchanging letters with the widow Tina Littlehawk. He assumes she’s old, she assumes he’s young. When she takes a surprise trip to Joe’s family’s ski resort she finds Ray Clouds on Fire, Joe’s son who runs the troubled lodge. Confusion ensues. Also a small girl glues a feather to the head of a mouse and paints it. The mouse escapes. Tina thinks Ray is Joe. Ray thinks Tina is a reviewer from a prestigious travel guide (Spoiler Alert: the reviewer is actually a whiskey soaked old white man who gets taught the spirit of Christmas. Also, the mouse hides in his pocket. Hijinks ensue.). Joe is obsessed with winning a Jeep Cherokee in a bingo game. Romance ensues. Confusion leads to a well placed slap on Ray’s face. A Navajo version of Amazing Grace is sung and the painted mouse comes back to the girl who painted it in the first place. Other things happen and the ending is probably predictable to any seasoned Christmas film viewer.

Review: Surprisingly solid. The cast is good (the most famous name being Graham Greene) as the lodge’s chef), the story is typical but well done, and the scenery is nice. Five out of Five Christmas trees.

Is it Christmassy?: Not a lot. It takes place during Christmas and there is the aforementioned Navajo Amazing Grace, but Christmas doesn’t take a real role in the plot. One out of five Santa’s for Christmas relatability