In Review: A Boy Called Christmas (Sky Cinema)

In this origin story of Father Christmas, an ordinary boy (with a loyal pet mouse and a reindeer at his side) sets out on an extraordinary adventure

Synopsis: In this origin story of Father Christmas, an ordinary boy (with a loyal pet mouse and a reindeer at his side) sets out on an extraordinary adventure to find his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of Elfhelm.


The Story

When Aunt Ruth comes to look after the kids so that their father can put in some extra hours at work. She proceeds to tell them the story about how Christmas came to be, and she insists that every word of it is true. She tells the story of Nikolas. An imaginative and hopeful young boy who goes after his father in search of the fabled city of Elfhelm. Of course when he arrives the mythic city, which is supposed to be happy and hopeful is sad and angry. As a group of humans has taken one of their children. Vowing to help. Nikolas who is looking for his father goes out to look for the young Elf who has been taken by the same group of hunters that his father belongs to.

When he finds the Elf. Nikolas is disappointed to learn that his father would partake in such a horrible act. However, his father seeing the error of his ways helps Nikolas and his friends return the young elf to Elfhelm.


The Acting

Maggie Smith puts in a fairly effortless performance as Aunt Ruth who basically tells the story to the children about how Nikolas became known as Father Christmas. Henry Lawfull is fantastic in the main role of Nikolas and is helped by some great supporting performances. Stephen Merchant provides his brilliant voice for Milka the Mouse who pretty much rides shotgun with Nikolas for most of the movie. And we get a nice spirited performance from Zoe Margaret Colletti who plays The Truth Pixie. We also get a fun performance from Toby Jones as Elf village leader Father Topo. While Jim Broadbent plays the King.



A joint production between Sky Cinema and Netflix. A Boy Called Christmas is a fun story that is based on the brilliant book series from Matt Haig. Henry Lawfull pretty much nails his role of Nikolas and approaches the role with total commitment. So much so that even I believed and I’m pretty hard to convince of anything. I absolutely loved Zoe Margaret Colletti’s take on The Truthful Pixie and the twist as to her she grows up to be that gets revealed at the end.

Jim Broadbent is solid as the King and his establishing scene while somewhat on the nose for some was quite funny.

Overall. A Boy Called Christmas is a fun and whimsical film that is designed to get you into the mood for Christmas. The comedy is quite mild in that there won’t be any belly laughs. But the story and the performances are rather charming and fun. I also liked the film’s message about hope.


You can go see a Boy Called Christmas at the Cinema now, but if you fancy a night in and have access to it. You can also watch the film on Sky Cinema.

A Boy Called Christmas (Sky Cinema)
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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