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Here we go. My holiday film binge has begun. Going in, I knew there would be a lot of Netflix movies and Holiday in the Wild looked like one that wasn't going to drown me in the holiday spirit completely. This film was always going to be somewhat cringy, but I had a sneaky feeling it wouldn't be as bad as some of the others I will be watching.
When Kate's (Kristin Davis) husband leaves her right after her son moves away to college, she decides to go on their second honeymoon to Africa alone. When she arrives, she meets the presumptuous Derek (Rob Lowe), and they discover an orphaned elephant while he flies her to the next stage of her holiday. Kate used to work as a vet, so she decides to help take the baby elephant to the elephant orphanage and stay there to offer more assistance. This is predominantly a story about self-discovery with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure.
So I have mixed feelings about this movie.
On one hand, this film has a great message about finding out who you are and reminds us of how important it is to look after wildlife. I appreciated that because this isn't your typical holiday film it was able to raise the stakes in the more dramatic moments. At the same time, it's very predictable, and the editing could be better. There are times when Kate is one the phone, and it's undeniable that the sound isn't in sync or that the words have been added in post-production. The green screen is also terrible. In particular, there is a scene towards the end of the movie where it is super obvious that a few lines needed to be re-shot and the green screen sticks out like a sore thumb.
While I did have a lot of problems with this movie, I can't say that it was terrible. It has a lot of heartwarming moments, and I love elephants, so I appreciated that aspect of the story. I think this is the kind of holiday film for those who want to dip their toes in the genre and aren't ready for the insane cringe of other Netflix holiday films.