To all of the Christmas purists who refuse to put up their trees or blast Mariah Carey before Dec. 1, I strongly inspire you to make an exception this year and flow The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show on Amazon Prime Video on Friday. The star-studded special is essentially a visual Christmas carol album, with sardonic narration provided by Dan Levy ( Schitt’s Creek ) in an elf attire. It’s a speedy 45 instants of sparkly, holiday joy.
The show is modeled after an old-timey network special. Cutaways to a” hold chamber” between lyrics simulate where a commercial-grade snap might go if this were live and not streaming on one of the very digital scaffolds that are slowly and ruthlessly killing television. In one meta moment, the fire zooms out to frame the raven-haired country singer with an old-fashioned set, and unexpectedly we’re in the living room of a family ” watching ” at home. The residue of The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show takes plaza in a dollhouse-like set decorated with blinding amounts of light and luminous, monochromatic color scheme. The consequence is Wes Anderson film fills Pinterest board–equal portions retro and girlie.
As a striped-tights-clad Dan Levy illustrates with mock-enthusiasm, the proposition of the show is that it is Christmas Eve and Musgraves is unprepared to host clients the next day. An endless procession of -Alist friends then drop by to help out, or, in most cases, exactly sing a song. The impressive shoot comprises Leon Bridges, James Corden, Kendall Jenner, Fred Armisen, Camila Cabello, Zooey Deschanel, Troye Sivan, and Lana Del Rey. Non-celebrities like the Rockettes and Musgraves’ exceedingly sweet Nana( who is listed in the press materials as “NANA!”) get in on the fun, as well.
Some musical highlights include the solo performance of” Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and the duo of “Mele Kalikimaka” with Deschanel, whose bluesy articulation duets nicely with Musgraves’ dreamy drawl. The lovely concert of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” with Lana Del Rey was personally validating to me as someone who loves both singers and formerly described Musgraves to my out-of-the-loop dad as” like Lana, if she were southern and smoked even more weed .” The Grammy-winning singer also takes the opportunity to unveil a catchy brand-new song called ” Glittery .”
The producers decided to play it safe by not holding Kendall Jenner any cables. The supermodel instead introduced her spin on the famous, oft-memed Love Actually moment where the guy from The Walking Dead professes his love for Keira Knightley via cue placards. Jenner does gaze amazing–standing still, wordlessly holding up a giant piece of paper–in a lustrou lime green suit and coinciding beret. Her version of the fleck involves imploring Musgraves to trade residences with her so she doesn’t have to celebrate the holiday with the Kardashian clan.” I desire my family so much, but I spend every X-mas with them ,” the postings read.” Our mom announces it…’Kris-mas .'”
I would be remiss if I didn’t clearly understood that in spite of its lukewarm efforts at humor, The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show is not funny. The cheesy jokes are clearly meant to riff on the 1960 s family variety show format, but none of the many celebrity clients( and certainly not Musgraves or her party) have the comic choppers to pull off the absurdism. Fred Armisen was seriously underutilized in this regard.
However, the jokes, or truly any of the dialogue at all, are not the item of The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show . There is the fascinating experience of watching famous people with seemingly no connection dance together, wear accord ugly sweaters, and gift each other tiny, adorable puppies. And the absolutely incredible wardrobe modifies alone–a Cher-inspired gold jumpsuit, pink jewel-encrusted Mary Jane ends, a red garb in which Musgraves herself exemplifies a wrapped present–justify a see. Above all, though, the updated renditions of beloved carols and the few originals with the potential to become classics in their own right provide everything there is an opportunity hope for in a luminary vacation special.
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