Director: Michael Buster
Year: November 7, 2016
Time: 92 minutes
The Christmas Project is an enjoyable Christmas movie produced by Covenant Communications, Inc. which is a minor studio run by the Mormon Church. It is classified as a wholesome and entertaining movie, and I totally agree with that assessment.
The story focuses on the Buckley family, especially brothers Simon, Matthew, Peter, and John. There are some funny moments when brothers Simon and Matthew compete with each other which may bring back memories for some people from male-dominated families. When new neighbors move in across the street, the competition becomes a rivalry for the attention of one of the daughters, named Juniper.
Like most schools, there is, of course, a bully. At this school, that is Finn Hagblat and with encouragement from his sisters, he terrorizes anyone who makes eye contact with him. Unfortunately, that increasingly turns out to be Matthew Buckley. There is a scene when Matthew attempts to get revenge on Finn, but it only causes Matthew to feel guilty since he knows that the Hagblat family is poor.
The actors are very good for the most part. I liked the actress playing Mama Buckley for her belief that she could wish a new baby girl into existence when she discovers that she is pregnant. The actor playing Matthew (Jacob Buster) is very believable and sympathetic. The interaction of Matthew and his brothers is well-balanced between competition and cooperation. The director and cinematographer both did a very good job. I realize that this movie only came out on DVD a month ago, but if you like seasonal films and want something new, The Christmas Project is a film the whole family will enjoy. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5 because some scenes were a bit predictable and the actress who played Juniper’s sister, Morgan, seemed unfocused on how to play her character.