The film The White Elephant turns an old story on its head, with good vs. evil, double crossing villains, and the hero ultimately triumphing. If you’re looking for an action-packed thriller, this is the film for you! This film was clearly made by someone who knew the original story inside and out and took great pleasure in playing with all of the classic tropes we’ve come to expect from this genre of film over the years. Check out The White Elephant today if you want to see something familiar but also new!
Make sure you understand the references
In this modern rendition of the old tale, a group of people come together for Christmas Eve where each participant brings with them a present to exchange. However, the presents are hidden and the participants are not allowed to open them until the countdown is complete. The holiday tradition soon turns into competition as everyone scrambles to hide their gifts from others and make sure that they themselves do not get anything too nice.
Try to see the film as its own story
This new iteration of the classic tale of The Twelve Days of Christmas is a fresh take on the classic story. The movie has been very well received by audiences and critics, which could lead to another successful venture for Sony Pictures. I was pleasantly delighted when I saw this movie. It is lighthearted, fun, and makes you laugh a lot throughout.
Let yourself relax and enjoy the flow of action
What if I told you that Santa wasn’t just a one-off character in a Christmas story? What if I said that he was a prophecy foretold by Buddha, Edgar Cayce, and Edgar Allan Poe before us? Who would believe me?
Well then let me tell you this.
Study the details
This movie did a great job of playing with the idea of white elephant gift exchanges. The gifts were themed around things that are given as gifts to kids, not adults, and when you’re given them, you have to open them in front of everyone. The twist in this story is that one person gets a white elephant – like the old-fashioned gift exchange – but it’s secret.
Beware of plot holes
What I didn’t like is that the movie was just a carbon copy of the first one, but instead, it’s in the animated section. It’s hard to explain why they did that.
White elephants are not supposed to be seen by people, so how can they have a party for them? One white elephant showed up at the door and just looked around before disappearing again.
Know when it’s over
The first half of the movie had me captivated, but then the second half really fell flat. It felt like a lot of loose ends that didn’t tie together in any meaningful way. I don’t feel like anything was learned or even really covered. It just felt like it fizzled out with no punch to end it, despite having a good set up for an epic ending at the start.