- “A Castle for Christmas,” Netflix’s latest holiday film, has plenty of cliché and awkward moments.
- There are lots of rom-com tropes, from the leads’ first meeting to the will-they-won’t-they plot.
- Even though there’s no real conflict keeping them apart, the leads insist they can’t be together.
Instead of winning her fans over again, she ends up ranting about how much more violent Winston’s death could’ve been.
Sophie gives several examples of worse deaths, including being poisoned with mercury and fed to sharks.
Instead of asking him to repeat himself or trying to communicate with him at all, Sophie just answers the questions that she assumes she’s being asked, which makes for an awkward (and kind of rude) encounter.
His dog, Hamish, runs up to her and makes her trip, and as soon as Myles catches her, it’s clear that Sophie will end up with him.
The moment is too much of an overused trope to feel cute, especially since the dog barely bumped into her, so it’s unclear how she was totally knocked over.
When she’s caught in an off-limits part of the castle, she tries to hide instead of explaining what she’s doing.
It’s an immature move that makes her come across as entitled.
She absentmindedly walks in on Myles while he’s taking a bath — for no apparent reason other than to add another cliché moment between the romantic leads.
When the night ends, the two seem to be about to kiss. But they decide not to, and after agreeing to shake hands, Sophie pulls Myles in for a hug.
The moment is already awkward, and Sophie makes it worse when she noticeably sniffs Myles.
During one conversation, the agent even says that everything Sophie has worked for will be for nothing if she doesn’t write another book, which seems unfair and untrue considering that Sophie wrote an internationally famous series.
She could likely afford to take some time off.
There are no apparent obstacles keeping them from dating, other than their mutual insistence that they shouldn’t be.
The lack of any actual conflict preventing them from getting together is extremely frustrating to watch, especially since it’s obvious that they’ll end up together eventually.
When Sophie offers to let Myles continue to live there after the sale goes through, he’s immediately angered and insulted that she’d think he’d want to live there as a guest.
But the sale is already close to going through, and if Sophie didn’t offer this, he wouldn’t have anywhere to stay.
Instead of reacting kindly, Myles taunts Sophie and says he wishes they never met, which is quite cruel and a sharp change from the happy moment the couple had minutes earlier.
It’s a sweet gesture on Myles’ part, but Lexi is supposed to be at her father’s wedding that day.
Aside from a joke about her attending her dad’s next wedding, no one seems concerned that the groom’s daughter just ditched her father’s wedding at the last minute.
Plenty of cliché lines are rejected before she decides on one about believing in happy endings, which is worse than every potential line shown earlier in the movie.
Drew originally calls Sophie’s new book a “juggernaut bestseller” before deciding to drop the word “juggernaut” because it’s not a “sexy, pretty, feminine, soft word.”
The moment was likely intended to highlight the misogynistic way women’s work is often presented, but it happens quickly in between credits so the joke doesn’t really land.