Criticism | Okay for Christmas – Leandro Hassum entertains and amazes in Netflix Christmas comedy

Christmas is a magical time, full of nostalgia … time to be with family and be thankful for the past year, right? Well, not for Jorge (Leandro Hassum), who since he was a kid hates the date for the simple fact that Christmas coincides with his birthday – and, therefore, he has to share the attentions (and gifts) with the nice one. nursery boy. Everything gets worse after he’s an adult, when Jorge is already married to Laura (Elisa Pinheiro), who adores Christmas and makes a point of welcoming her entire family into his home every year. Until the day when, on Christmas Eve 2010, Jorge suffers an accident and from there his life becomes a huge nightmare, because every day when he wakes up is Christmas.

The main element of Paulo Cursino’s screenplay is genuine good old debauchery. It starts from a very simple idea and the reverse: if we have so many people who love Christmas, imagine what that date looks like for someone who just hates December 25th? Now imagine what it would be like if this person woke up every day and it was Christmas? And then, from this simple but real nightmare (since the date is repeated every year) the comedy ‘Tudo Bem no Natal Que Vem’ reinforces its argument with the spontaneity and good humor of Leandro Hassum, which delivers a great and convincing performance of a guy who needs to get over his biggest conflict so he can improve as a human and learn his lesson – a very Charles Dickens journey.

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However, the storyline – which works great in the first act and even half of the second – loses a bit of rhythm halfway through the end, because, after all, it gets a bit repetitive, especially with the character entering. Márcia (Danielle Winits, still in a stereotypical role), which extends a little too long in the plot. Also the core of Jorge’s children – Leo (Miguel Rômulo) and Aninha (Arianne Botelho) – have their bipartisan development, highlighting the son first, then the daughter, which lets through the feeling of absence of the other as the story unfolds.

As a comedy, Roberto Santucci’s film manages to bring the viewer closer to the drama of the protagonist and the conflicting universe in which he lives – a family Christmas filled with love, fights, confusion, great revelations and ‘a good dose of emotion. The situations presented at the party are common to the spectators, who will certainly laugh nervously at the absurd – but sincere and real – words of Jorge.

“Okay at Christmas Coming” is not just a comedy. Its message – to value what really matters, which is family and the people you love – will touch the hearts of those who watch this film, and it gets even stronger with its world premiere on Netflix. in 2020, in which we are everyone at home and we both have to believe that it will be “OK at Christmas”. And it will stay!

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