Decades after being betrayed by his apprentice, a once joyful toy maker finds hope anew when his bright young granddaughter appears on his doorstep to change his perception of all he thought he knew.
In the space of 122 minutes, “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” takes us through the thrills, highs and lows (and lows, again) of being betrayed and trying to find peace and closure afterwards.
Jeronicus Jangle had it all going for him – brilliant inventor, beloved husband and father – until he didn’t. The movie talks about how he went through a terrible betrayal and how he managed to find his belief afterwards.
Forrest Whitaker (Zuri, Black Panther) steps up to the challenge with some great acting – and singing – in this musical. Anyone who has seen a number of his movies just might have a bit of a hard time figuring out who the lead actor is until, boom, it hits you! His character portrays our very human nature of giving up when the odds are stacked against us. He also shows us that we sometimes need a little push.
Madalen Mills also makes a name for herself as a result of some spectacular acting. She features as the grand-daughter of Jeronicus Jangle who appears to have inherited his gifts and more. She appears to be the brilliant spark that is needed to keep hope alive in our hearts.
Every protagonist needs a worthy antagonist, and this was found in Keegan-Michael Key who starred as Gustafson, the former apprentice and present rival to Jeronicus. He served to portray the difficulties and challenges that need to be pushed through in order to surpass our limitations.
Oh…lest I forget!
In a very nice twist, an African element was added to the mix via Bisa Kdei’s Grandpa Me Nie. In what many viewers titled “Africa to the world,” the song by the Ghanaian artiste was featured in the movie and the dance steps were lit!
I’ll stop here for now, but in all said, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a movie that has quite the life lessons hidden in its different scenes and below is one lesson that I hope we can all take away from it.
It’s 25 days to Christmas and we can all admit that we need a bit of Christmas hope and cheer after the events of this year. A lot of us have gone through Hell (literally and figuratively) and we have made it out, maybe not totally unscathed, but out nonetheless. Jingle Jangle serves to remind us to never stop looking for the light, to never stop believing and that even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, all we need to do is have a little faith.