Season of Love Gives You All the Queer Holiday Feels
Season of Love is the first-ever lesbian/LGBTQ+ holiday rom-com. I was able to watch the press screener of this ground-breaking Christmas movie, so in this spoiler-free blog post, I can tell you all about this new movie and why you should watch it. Below, you can also find a review video, in which Dominique Provost-Chalkley talks about her role and music in Season of Love. Screenings and purchase/rent options can be found at the bottom.
Season of Love is a queer holiday movie
In short, Season of Love is a queer holiday movie with an ensemble cast, romantic storylines, and general good feelings. If you are the first queer holiday movie with LGBT+ women, expectations are high. There is much pressure to do things right. What if this movie, the only holiday movie we now have, had sucked? That would have been terrible.
Well, I can tell you the movie is terrific. It delivers. Season of Love made me very happy. I watched it last night, and I still have good feelings. Sometimes I wondered if I was the only one loving this movie, but then I looked at my wife. She was all smiles throughout the entire movie. That confirmed my overall judgment of the movie: it is simply a good movie!
I even laughed out loud a few times, especially with some well-timed slow-motion moments. They are hilarious. The lesbian gaze gets what it wants.
Season of Love has picked the perfect cast
Season of Love has found the ideal cast. I can say that I hardly knew anyone before watching the movie and I loved looking at every single one of the actors. They did a great job. I also loved how diverse the cast was (can we have more deaf characters please?). I loved seeing some familiar faces in the background, and I loved seeing Lily Richards make an appearance or two.
I know that one thing that people are looking for is the movie’s music. After all, Dom and Bonnie Ferrar have an original song in it. Look, I don’t know much about music, but my untrained ears loved it. The songs in this movie are definitely songs that I would like to listen to more often. Indeed, I’m ready to buy the soundtrack and can’t wait for an album by Dom. She truly has a fantastic voice.
Small room for improvement
The things that I think could have been done better are little things. For instance, I didn’t particularly appreciate how a camera was spinning around the room in an early scene.
Also, both holiday movies and movies with an ensemble cast often have little time to establish the background story. The filmmakers want to focus on the here and now, to build the holiday spirit. And when you have an ensemble cast, you need to have more than one background story. Season of Love starts with four days before Christmas, counts down, and then moves to New Year’s Eve. It wants to focus on the events happening in those days.
Consequently, I saw some starts of storylines that were easy. It would have been nicer had they been fleshed out more and made more believable. Nevertheless, we tend to forgive holiday movies more quickly because we mostly want something easy to watch and to feel all the holiday feels. And that is precisely what you get here.
Where can you watch Season of Love?
So, where can you watch Season of Love? The movie premieres in Los Angeles on November 21. It also has screenings in London, Nashville, New York, Toronto, and Seattle. If you cannot visit the screenings, you can pre-order the movie for $15. The film will be available for rent and purchase in early December. Enjoy!