Vanessa Hudgens’ Netflix Movies Define Christmas In Ways Santa Claus Can’t

I should have known that Vanessa Hudgens was destined to make a lasting impact on the holiday movie scene ever since her iconic character Gabriella Montez was introduced to the “High School Musical” trilogy at a New Year’s Eve party. now know that whenever one of its characters finds snow or hot chocolate, we’re in for a wonderfully cheesy movie. Or two. Or three.

Most Gen Zers, myself included, grew up watching Hudgens in the “High School Musical” movies – whether you’ve seen the movies once and heard the soundtrack classics once in a while ( most people), or you sat front row when the movies premiered in theaters and I still have all the songs memorized (me). Recently, Hudgens made a name for himself in another movie trilogy, this time in Netflix’s Christmas Cinematic Universe.

“The Princess Switch” (2018), “The Princess Switch: Switched Again” (2020) and “The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star” (2021) form the heart of Hudgens’ Christmas films. This trilogy tells the story of a pastry chef named Stacy who discovers that she is an acute doppelganger of Lady Margaret, a duchess and future queen of a fictional European nation, during a baking competition in another European country. just as vague.

From Stacy falling in love with Lady Margaret’s fiancé – who happens to be a prince – and Lady Margaret falling in love with Stacy’s business partner in the first film, to Lady Margaret’s evil cousin Fiona trying to steal the throne from Margaret at her coronation in the second film, to the three women who band together to track down the thief who stole the precious Christmas relic given to Queen Margaret’s kingdom by the Vatican (?!) In the third film, there has plenty to follow – especially since the three female leads are all played by Hudgens.

If you remember Lindsay Lohan playing two characters in “The Parent Trap” (1998), you can think of Hudgens’ work in “The Princess Switch” trilogy in the same way. But instead of playing identical twins separated at birth like Lohan, Hudgens portrays lookalikes: a Chicago baker and a vaguely European duchess — in addition to the duchess’ villainous cousin in the last two films of the series.

The twisted storyline may seem comical and absurd to you, but the “Princess Switch” movies have managed to captivate audiences for several consecutive Christmas seasons – otherwise there wouldn’t be three. The trilogy makes people to want find consistency in all the drama, love triangles and false identities, whether they consider it “good cinema” or not.

According to Hudgens in an interview, there’s a charm to these movies that “fills our hearts with love, empathy, dreams, and all the thrills you want for the holiday season.”

Essentially, “The Princess Switch” movies are the feel-good movies we didn’t know we needed. And I couldn’t agree more: laughing at a wonderfully cheesy movie with an overly practical storyline makes me feel good, especially when it ends in happily ever after.

Let’s not forget “The Knight Before Christmas” (2019) — notice the pun, please, and thank you — to top off Hudgens’ Christmas movie repertoire so far. Through her work as a producer and lead actress, Hudgens tells the story of Brooke Winters, a high school teacher (alluding to her “HSM” roots), falling in love with Sir Cole, a 14th-century squire who traveled in time. to the present day, whom she meets after hitting him with her car. No, I’m not joking about all this.

The ER doctors declare Cole to have amnesia after the accident, and Brooke, for some reason, invites Cole – a complete stranger – to stay in her spare room while he recovers. Cole stays in the small town of Brooke because an old woman from the 14th century sent him there to complete an unclear quest before Christmas Eve in order to obtain his knighthood – hence the title of the movie. And of course, the quest is finally over once Cole and Brooke kiss under the mistletoe for the first time. Holiday movie magic at its finest.

Very few things are better than a love story that’s way too good to be true, set in a small town during the holidays and paired with a good old-fashioned time travel — and “The Knight Before Christmas” proves it exactly. I am ready to argue with anyone who dares to disagree.

Did I just recount four romantic Christmas comedies from the past four years? Yes, most certainly. I’d say Hudgens has found its new niche, and anyone who embraces the commercial, modernized vacation — any time of the year — is better off for it.

There’s a certain kind of magic in the air during the holiday season that makes the incredible more reasonable – like the ridiculously unrealistic storylines of Hudgens’ Christmas movies and the fact that Santa Claus can visit so many homes in one go. night. During Christmas time, this all makes sense – once you get the hang of it, it’s best not to ask any questions.

Alfonso E. Cramer