In Review: The Knight Before Christmas

A fun romantic fish out of water story involving a 14th Century Knight falling for a 21st Century woman

Synopsis: A medieval English knight is magically transported to the present day where he falls for a high school science teacher who is disillusioned by love.

Review: Another Netflix fantasy film, which blends romance, time travel and the magic of Christmas.

The Story

When medieval English Knight Sir Cole meets an old woman in the woods while on his way back to Norridge. He is told that his next quest will see him encounter steel flying dragons and he will only have until midnight on the eve of Christmas to fulfill the quest.  He finds himself transported via magic to modern-day Ohio where he meets school teacher Brook (Vanessa Hudgens) and slowly falls in love with her while simultaneously having to navigate the social mores of the 21st century.

The Acting

Josh Whitehouse makes for a rather goofy Knight, which is a refreshing change from the stereotype we are always fed. The only trouble is he didn’t really have particularly strong chemistry with Vanessa Hudgens, which kind of made them falling in love a bit hard to believe. If anything the couple came off a bit more like close friends. Vanessa Hudgens for her part was evidently working hard to sell the romantic relationship, but sadly it wasn’t quite enough.


This was a fun little movie, with elements of romance, fantasy and time travel. The fish out of water aspect of a 14th Century Knight trying to work things out in a modern-day setting was executed pretty well but was not really adding anything new or innovative to the trope.

The product placement for Amazons Alexa was a surprising twist and the scenes where Sir Cole is asking it for the whereabouts of his horse were rather funny as was the fate of the Alexa device, which wound up in the freezer.

Sir Cole learning about modern speak via television wasn’t really anything new. It was done prior in the ‘Sleepy Hollow’ TV series and with funnier lines.

Overall. This was a fun if not formulaic fantasy movie, which could have come out at just about any point in the year had all the Christmas trappings been removed.

The Knight Before Christmas
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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:
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