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Dashing Through the Snow Review – A Bit of Christmas Magic That’s Fun For Everyone

Ludacris has to rediscover his love of Ho's (Ho, ho, ho) in this fun Disney+ Original Christmas Movie, 'Dashing Through the Snow'
Dashing Through the Snow

In a season often saturated with festive films, Dashing Through the Snow emerges as a standout holiday treat. Directed by Tim Story and written by Scott Rosenberg, this Disney original movie offers a refreshing take on the traditional Christmas narrative, blending humor, heart, and a touch of magic to create a memorable experience for audiences of all ages.

Rediscovering the Magic of Christmas

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(L-R): Lil Rel Howery as Nick and Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges as Eddie in DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Steve Dietl. © 2023 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

At its heart, Dashing Through the Snow is a touching story about rediscovery and the power of belief. Chris “Ludacris” Bridges delivers a compelling performance as Eddie Garrick, a man whose past traumas have left him disillusioned with the joy of Christmas.

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This narrative arc, while familiar in the realm of holiday films, is handled with a fresh sensitivity and depth that sets it apart. Ludacris portrays Eddie with a blend of skepticism and underlying warmth, creating a relatable character whose journey towards rediscovering the magic of Christmas is both believable and heartwarming.

The Gift of Magical Performances

(L-R): Lil Rel Howery as Nick and Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges as Eddie in DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Steve Dietl. © 2023 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Lil Rel Howery, as the mysterious and jovial Nick (Santa Claus), is a delightful presence. Howery infuses his character with an infectious enthusiasm and wit that radiates through the screen. His portrayal of Santa Claus is not just a mere costume role; it’s a character brought to life with genuine care and charisma. This modern interpretation of Santa, combined with Howery’s comedic timing and warmth, makes for a character that both children and adults will adore. Plus that beard deserves an award. It was a perfect touch on an impeccably stylish Santa.

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Madison Skye Validum, as Eddie’s daughter Charlotte, is a revelation. Her performance brims with a palpable empathy and determination that makes her character the emotional anchor of the film. Through her eyes, the audience experiences the wonder and magic of Christmas as well as tremendous understanding for those uncharmed by the holiday spirit. Validum’s chemistry with both Ludacris and Howery is commendable, adding to the film’s overall charm and appeal.

While Howery’s Santa brings the fantasy, Ludacris’s Eddie provides the film with its much-needed grounding. His portrayal of a father struggling with the ghosts of Christmases past adds a layer of depth and realism to the story.

This narrative does, however, linger too long on Eddie’s skepticism, which can detract from the film’s pacing. Despite this, Ludacris delivers a performance that balances well with the fantastical elements of the story, offering a solid foundation for the film’s more whimsical moments. Also, props on working in a name-drop.

Creative Christmas Magic

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Lil Rel Howery as Nick in DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Steve Dietl. © 2023 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The film’s approach to Christmas magic is both creative and refreshing. From a high-tech naughty-and-nice list to unexpected magical moments, Dashing Through the Snow cleverly modernizes classic Christmas elements. These creative choices not only add to the film’s charm but also help in creating a magical world that feels both contemporary and timeless.

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While Dashing Through the Snow offers plenty of laughs, heart, and holiday spirit, it doesn’t stray far from the traditional Christmas movie formula. It’s a festive and enjoyable film, but it doesn’t challenge the boundaries of the genre. This isn’t necessarily a flaw, as the film delivers exactly what it promises – a heartwarming holiday adventure that’s perfect for family viewing during the festive season.

It’s clear that Dashing Through the Snow is tailored primarily for a younger audience. The film’s vibrant color palette, energetic pacing, and straightforward narrative are perfectly suited for children. And maybe even geared towards helping children understand the stress their parents are under. Regardless, its universal themes of love, family, and the importance of belief resonate across all age groups.

A Holiday Delight That Is Easy to Overlook Amongst All the Offerings

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(L-R): Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Eddie and Lil Rel Howery as Nick in DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2023 Disney Enterprises, Inc.. All Rights Reserved.

Dashing Through the Snow is a delightful addition to the holiday movie landscape, even if it might blend in. With its blend of humor, heartfelt performances, and a dash of Christmas magic, it captures the essence of what makes the holiday season so special. It may not redefine the Christmas movie genre, but it succeeds in delivering a joyful, entertaining experience that families can enjoy together.

As the holiday season approaches, this film is a reminder of the joy, magic, and love that define Christmas – making it a worthy watch for those seeking a bit of festive cheer. And honestly, it’s a great way to kick off the holiday movie season.

For its fun cast, and inventive use of Christmas magic, but not quite shining brighter or uniquely, I give Dashing Through the Snow a

6/10

Dashing Through the Snow is now streaming on Disney+.

About Dashing Through the Snow

Dashing Through the Snow

Release Date: November 17, 2023
Director: Time Story
Production: Walt Disney Pictures; Will Packer Productions; Smart Entertainment
Distribution: Disney+
Cast: Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Lil Rel Howery, Madison Skye Validum, Teyonah Parris, Oscar Nuñez, Ravi Patel, Mary Lynn Rajskub

Synopsis
Eddie Garrick (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) is a good-hearted man who has turned his back on Christmas due to a traumatic childhood experience. At the request of his wife Allison Garrick (Teyonah Parris), from whom he is separated, Eddie takes his 9-year-old daughter Charlotte (Madison Skye Validum) out with him on Christmas Eve, where they meet a mysterious man in a red suit named Nick (Lil Rel Howery). Eddie, who is a social worker, thinks the man is delusional and needs professional help, but when he evokes the wrath of a local politician (Oscar Nuñez), he and his daughter are taken on a magical adventure that just might restore his faith in Christmas.

“Dashing through the Snow,” which is directed by Tim Story and written by Scott Rosenberg, is produced by John Jacobs and Will Packer, with Tim Story, Johanna Byer, Ross Fanger, and Zac Unterman serving as executive producers. The film also stars Teyonah Parris, Madison Skye Validum, Oscar Nuñez, Ravi V. Patel, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Gina Brillon, Sebastian Sozzi, Kevin Connolly, and Zulay Henao.

What do you think about Dashing Through the Snow? Can you believe Ludacris went from hoes to different area codes to ho, ho, hos? Will you be adding this heartwarming holiday adventure to your watch list this season? Share your thoughts with us and join the conversation on social media!

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