Okay, I know I am a little late for this but I am doing a review on a movie that I have been dying to watch. Krampus. Yes, I know that a lot of you have already watched this movie, but with times being what they are, and the moolah being tight around here, I was not able to see this doozy on the big screen. Honestly, I haven’t seen a movie in the theater since Big Hero 6, but I digress.
The movie focuses around a family of Scrooges having their normal reunion for the Christmas season. A little boy sees it as a means of just having family together. His grandmother, a woman that seems to only speak german I am guessing, too is only wanting happiness for the family. But no one is happy, it is all for show.
Teasing happens between the boy and what I am guessing are his cousins and he ends up tearing up his letter to Santa and tossing it out the window where it flies up into the air and into what seems to be oblivion.
But someone got the letter. Krampus, the opposite of Santa comes into the picture and all kinds of mean shenanigans goes on. I am not going to give any more away since some of you might not have watched it, so I am just going to give my opinion here.
I had worked this movie up so much in my mind. The very air was electric when I held the DVD in my hand. Oh how my very heart sang as I put it into the player. And then….. disappointment. I was seriously let down. Honestly, I cannot truly pinpoint what let me down so much. It was little things that just… rubbed me the wrong way.
The plot was there, I could see it, but it played out in a bad way. It left me feeling like something was missing. It jumped from bit to bit without thoroughly explaining WHY. Yes, some of you might argue that I missed something and I might have. But I feel that the plotline, while it was there, it wasn’t explored in a way that could give a person closure.
The acting was good, but in the end, it felt like they were short on some of the ways that they delivered. Their lines, while done well, just didn’t give the feeling of being truly in the moment. It was like some of them were forced and not thought through. I know it seems like a bad way of putting this, but it truly felt more like a “scary” remake of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation mixed with The Ref. I do feel that the only one that truly made a fabulous character was the Grandmother. But in the end, her delivery was confusing and weird. Why was she only speaking german when she clearly spoke english as well? Especially since many of the other family members didn’t understand.
The “creatures” were well done, and certainly held that bit of fear drawing that many “monster” movies do which was a bonus. They were well made, and I could see that someone put a lot of heart into it, but…. Krampus himself seemed like another thing that was rushed. The makeup, while certainly freaky, just didn’t give the oomph that I feel it should have. He seemed meek compared to lets say… the clown monster.
Now, I am going to touch something else about the characters here. The human ones. It never explained why they were acting the way they were. Why was the family so broken? Why was it so destructive? What caused the family to be the way they were? I know it seems like I am just picking at hairs here, but I want to know the history of WHY.
These aren’t the only things that I have a problem with, but I am going to leave it at this. So would I suggest this movie to the peeps? Yes. Yes I would. Not because of the movie itself, BUT of the POINT of the movie. The thought of a Christmas Krampus coming and punish people that don’t have the spirit of Christmas, I feel is something deeper. Having the love of a family, sharing times together in joy is what this movie is about. It doesn’t have to be about Christmas, but about anything in your life. Being with the ones you love, the ones that love you back is something that I think all of us can learn from. We all need to open our eyes to what family truly means. It is about LOVE. While this movie doesn’t necessarily delve into that, it can be seen.
I do hope that all of you hold your family close. Even those that you have chosen. Cherish one another.
(PS. I do not own any rights to the movie, I am just stating my opinion. The featured image is also not owned by me in any shape or form. I would like to thank Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures for the Poster that you see.)