Nativity Rocks!

Published December 15, 2019

Nativity Rocks!

Film info

  • Title Nativity Rocks!
  • Director Debbie Isitt
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 1hr 40m
  • Genres Comedy, Family
  • Tagline This ain't no Silent Night

We're back with the kids from St Bernadette's Primary School in Coventry as the staff and students audition for a coveted place in a spectacular rock musical competition. With the unique feel-good charm of the original film, Celia Imrie reprises her role as Headmistress Mrs Keen, starring alongside Meera Syal, Ruth Jones, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Dennis and Helen George. The film also introduces Simon Lipkin as Jerry Poppy and Craig Revel Horwood as the ruthless show director Emmanuel Cavendish. This Christmas, NATIVITY ROCKS!

Live blog

Time Comment
1:34 That’s quite a stressful start to what is supposed to be a joyous movie.
2:54 Ramin Karimloo is in this??
8:08 “A rock opera is a fusion between rock and opera.” Useful.
12:57 Nothing wrong with a B*Witched album!
15:11 Can’t believe I didn’t see the Ben and Jerry thing coming.
18:12 Craig Revel Horwood though.
22:59 “And that is how you rock and roll. Almost.”
29:40 Do dogs eat spaghetti bolognese?
32:52 Riff off!
43:45 “You are like Phil Collins but with a bowl cut.”
52:07 Stretch limos are very impractical.
54:43 “They’re like us. They’re like you and me. They just don’t have anywhere to live.”
1:02:07 Really not on board with the red balloon having survived all this time.
1:05:38 “He looks exactly like him, just with a different face.”
1:11:07 The blitz comment is a bit over the top.
1:20:26 I really like their jackets with sparkly lights on.
1:30:50 It’s quite an entertaining rock opera, actually.
1:36:47 The people that can actually sing stand out significantly from the others, bless ‘em all.
1:28:32 We built this city on the wrong damn road!


Thank goodness, this movie is a return to form - well the form applicable to the Nativity movies anyway. It was really quite enjoyable, and moving in places, and actually has a timely story about immigrants and just treating people as human beings even in times of trouble.

Thankfully, unlike the previous film, the plot pretty much stacks up. There are just two problems: I guess we’re not supposed to notice that Jerry is the same guy as the Christmas elf in the previous film, and then I don’t really buy the dad finding the red balloon. Nice idea, completely impossible.

But otherwise, it was good and entertaining, and much better than the last.

Rating: 4 / 5

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