As I sit and write this, I have kidney stones. Now if you’ve never had kidney stones, count yourself lucky. They hurt like hell, and I feel like I am going to die. But the pain pills are kicking in, and I am going to be in a great mood shortly, which means that I will be blunt and sarcasm will radiate from my pores.
Maybe that’s why they are large.
Christmas is my favorite time of the year based on one thing – I LOVE HOLIDAY MOVIES! Netflix has really branched out and made me love their holiday movies, so when I saw that there was one where two fandoms were meeting (actors from The Vampire Diaries and The Hunger Games), I was down for it.
Here’s the first thing that I will say… I love Kat Graham, but I feel like she takes on parts that are all the same. Some girl that has to prove herself and gets sidetracked along the way by a pretty smile. And hey – like, it may be an easy role to take – but I would like some ummm… complexity to her roles.
She’s not a bad actress. She’s a good one.
Second thing I will say – Alexander Ludwig is conventionally handsome and taller than well, most people. But the man has one facial expression and a desperate need for some tint to his eyebrows. His face and well… his acting range are always the same.
He’s like the teacher from Ferris Buellers Day Off that just repeats “Bueller, Bueller…” over and over again. Like just show some range and some facial expressions outside of the goofy smile that seems permanently glued to his face.
Yup, you’ve guessed it – I am going to be talking shit – because there are quite a few issues with this movie and they start with HORRIBLE CASTING.
Look, I get that Christmas Movies recycle the same talent. It’s like The CW – once you are there, you’re gonna be in something else there. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t find people who have chemistry and don’t feel like they are reenacting a third grade play.
Operation Christmas Drop has potential. It’s a military story, helping the world, two people falling in love who have different perspectives on life… and Christmas. But what it did was fall short as fuck from its potential.
Everything from jokes to romance to helping people fell flat. Hell, even showcasing the wonders of Christmas fell short.
And that saddens me.
Basic premise – “Chasing a promotion, congressional aide Erica Miller forgoes family Christmas to travel across the Pacific at her boss’s behest. Upon landing at a beachside Air Force base, she clashes with her guide, Captain Andrew Jantz, who knows her assignment is finding reasons to defund the facility. The pilot’s pet project — Operation: Christmas Drop, a genuine, decades-old tradition where gifts and supplies are parachuted to residents of remote neighboring islands — has lawmakers wondering if his unit has too much spare energy. Despite their initial opposing goals, Erica softens once she experiences the customs and communal spirit of Andrew’s adopted home.”
And hey – Operation Christmas Drop is a real thing. It’s an important humanitarian effort. But here’s where it fell flat for me –
THE TYPICAL DRIVEN WOMAN CHARACTER TRAGEDY
Look, I love a strong, driven woman character. I think that they are important and definitely something to show for girls to look up to. But I don’t think that it’s fair to always have the woman determined to work because of a tragedy in her life and that’s what it felt like Erica was doing – she was driven to avoid the pain of her mother’s death.
I know that people say that you can’t have it all, but there is a balance and women aren’t only driven out of tragedy. They are driven because they have passions. They are driven because they want to be better than they were yesterday. They are driven because they have dreams.
And for once – I wish that wasn’t reflected by tragedy propelling them there.
THE LACK OF BALANCE
What do I mean by that? Well, this whole movie was about the possibility of the base closing and Erica there to examine why it should. But we’re not seeing a lot of the military life. Like it would have been better to balance the life on the base – beyond the drop. Show why it was important to more than Andrew. Because I didn’t really feel why it was important to everyone on the island – which took away from feeling the Christmas spirit.
Balance point of views.
APPARENTLY ALL IT TAKES IS A DRESS
What is it with movies where men only notice the girl – like really notice her – when she puts on a tight dress. It’s always that corny moment that he shows he’s interested. And it’s an ancient idea.
Like show it some other moment. Give me something outside of the normal. Show me that people are going to love me at my worst.
THE LACK OF CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THE LEADS
I love Kat Graham and Alexander Ludwig. I do. But the least believable thing in this movie was that they cared about each other. They had no chemistry. He looked stiff and as if he had swallowed his upper lip trying to look pensive and as if he cared.
The two of them looked uncomfortable around each other. It just took away from everything, because it’s set up as a “romance” but these are the last two people that you will believe will be together.
And when they kissed it was awkward. He looked like he was a senior in high school, trying to figure out where his hands should go.
We live in a day and age where everything is changing and I honestly wish that we didn’t have the same stereotypical politician on there.
Give me a progressive. Give me an AOC that wants to make a change in the world. Give me one that doesn’t look like she gives a shit that the men are gonna have shit to say.
It makes me feel like they don’t think that anything can or will change.
PEOPLE’S SUPER VISION
Look, I am all for the drop. I think it’s amazing. It made me want to cry, because I love the fact that people are getting the help they need.
But look – there is no way that you can see the joy on all the peoples face when they get the drop. Like please SHOW ME SOMETHING MORE. I get that we saw the one island – but when the congresswoman says that she saw the looks on people faces when they got the drop… bitch please. Your eye sight is not that great.
Give me something believable.
Overall Operation Christmas Drop wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. It’s definitely not a Netflix movie you can’t miss. It’s one you can watch in March – after the holidays and when you’re high (on life of course).