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“Klaus”: One of the Most Unique and Magical Experiences Fit For the Holiday Season


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In 2019, Netflix released Klaus, a highly praised Christmas film from Sergio Pablos, and one that I’m so happy to have discovered recently. The movie follows Jesper Johansen, a rich and spoiled postman who is sent to the North to expand the postal business in a secluded and gloomy town. Along the way, he grows close to several of the townspeople, but especially befriends an old recluse named Klaus. 

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There are so many Christmas movies that try to expand on the magical origins of Santa Claus and the meaning of Christmas. But Klaus excels in this task so well that you almost forget it’s about Christmas. It’s not about the gift giving, the decorations, or even the symbolism of the holiday. In fact, the holiday itself is only subtly referenced throughout the film until the finale. It prioritizes getting its message across regarding kindness and setting aside old differences and past losses while also building a new life and passion for one’s self. 

Jason Schwartzman as Jesper Johansen and J.K. Simmons as Klaus, in the movie “Klaus”. All Rights Reserved by Netflix.

I loved that every character was written with purpose, no matter how small, and contributed to the overall themes of the movie. No matter what happens, the audience is kept engaged and on edge as we anticipate what is about to happen to our heroes. And while it’s not a new formula when it comes to Christmas movies, it’s certainly one that is unique and unpredictable. What helps is having a great vocal cast that can relay both loud and quiet comedic relief as well as handling emotional moments with care simultaneously. 

There’s also no way to ignore the animation and music of the film. A hand-drawn film, Klaus successfully manipulates 2D animation to give us an almost 3D look while still maintaining the look of traditional animation. Meanwhile, its score is simple but provides an added layer of emotion, adding to the warmth and joy of some moments, and evoking sympathy in others. Sprinkled throughout the movie are also some fantastic songs to enhance the mood of the scene, particularly Zara Larsson’s “Invisible”. 

Jason Schwartzman as Jesper Johansen and J.K. Simmons as Klaus, in the movie “Klaus”. All Rights Reserved by Netflix.

If there’s a movie I have to recommend everyone to watch every holiday season going forward, it’s Klaus. The simple yet heartfelt and warm story is something that one has to see for themselves, and is one that I could watch over and over again. There are many films that consistently prove the validity and beauty of animation as an art form and style of storytelling, and Klaus falls under that category. It is truly one of the most unique and magical experiences that cannot be skipped out on. 

Samosa Rating:  

Klaus receives 5 out of 5 Samosas. 

Klaus is streaming only on Netflix. 

Pooja Chand
Pooja Chand
Known on other platforms as Samosas and Popcorn, Pooja is a movie enthusiast topped with sprinkles of her love for TV. She can typically be found watching anything from the latest blockbuster movie to a feel good anime, and is always ready to start the discussion on movies and TV so you don't have to.

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