Last Vermont Christmas

If you have ever been to Vermont you know how magical that place can be, especially in Woodstock. Not sure if the movie was really filmed there, but it sure locked like a gorgeous mountain town. Overall I liked the movie and I really liked the two main actors. Some of the supporting cast were not as experienced, but they did a good job.

I did have a hard time with the story. It seemed like everyone was supportive of the parents moving and selling the house (except for the youngest sister), I guess I just didn’t believe that Nash (Justin Bruening) would not go through with the sale of the house because of that. However, it was a nice gesture and was a big part of the him getting back with Megan (Erin Cahill). I am glad that Megan was able to find true love again after the death of her husband. It was sweet to see a family love a home so much, a lot of people can relate to that.  I would rate this a 7.5 out of 10. 

A Godwink Christmas

I was really looking forward to this one, mainly because of Kathie Lee Gifford. I also love that it took place in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, probably the perfect setting for a Christmas Hallmark movie. I thought the story line was pretty good and I loved the connection the main character had with her aunt (aren’t aunts the best!) I did think that Kimberley Sustad and Paul Campbells relationship was a little bit unrealistic at how quickly it came together. But it was cute nonetheless. Also, I liked how they focused around God putting things together in their lives, it was a nice touch and something I too believe in. I’m giving this one a 8 out of 10. 

Reunited at Christmas

I am going to be very bold and say that this is the best Hallmark Christmas movie of the year. And I know we are only half way through. This movie is everything! First of all, I haven’t seen a movie with Nikki Deloach that I have not liked. One of her other Christmas movies, A Dream of Christmas, is also one of my favorites.

What I liked about this movie is that is was so realistic. It was about a girl who brings her boyfriend home for Christmas. She ends up getting engaged and has a fear about things moving too fast and getting married before she is ready, and she has had some experiences in her past that have also caused her to be a little cautious. That is so applicable to almost every person, which I think means a lot to viewers, when they can relate to the movie.

Her fiance is very understanding and they both are mature about it. They work it out together and in the end (after some heart to heart’s with her family) she realizes how to replace faith with fear. I love that they didn’t have a big misunderstanding (as most Hallmark’s typically do) and you could tell that they both really cared about each other and genuinely wanted it to work out. In the end, it was so touching! You must watch it for yourself, you will not be disappointed.

Another positive from the movie is that the acting was so well done for every character. Nikki was fantastic and so was Mike Faiola, one of the best pairings Hallmark has ever done.

If you can’t tell, this is one of my all time favorite Hallmark movies ever! 9.8 out of 10 people!

Christmas in Graceland

How do you beat a Christmas movie involving country music? It’s basically the best of both worlds. Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown sang beautifully together and I would say the singing was the best part of the movie. I liked the movie, but it didn’t pull me in. I will say, that I’m glad it worked out well in the end. I love when movies bring old romances back together. Something about that reminds me of Jane Austen’s book, Persuasion.

I think it had good intentions, but I’ll have to rate it at 6 out of 10. A lot of movies came out this week, so many more posts to come!

Christmas in Love

For whatever reason, I had a hard time getting into this movie. I thought the acting was fine, and I really liked Brooke D’Orsay (playing Ellie Hartman), but it just wasn’t my favorite. The story was cute, but not one that I totally got into. I thought that some of the company parts were a little extreme or unlikely. I did however love the wreaths that she made! I truly don’t have much to say about this one, but I’m giving it a 6 out of 10.

Christmas Joy

OK, here we go again. Let’s chat about the new Christmas movie, Christmas Joy. It’s about a cite girl named, Joy. She comes home to help take care of her aunt and ends up getting roped into all of the hometown Christmas festivities. AND she reconnects with a guy she used to know, Ben Andrews. Conveniently, Ben’s Mom and Joy’s aunt are very good friends. Overall, I liked the storyline, and I liked both of the main actors.

As we all know, the ending of most Hallmark movies revolves around some sort of disagreement, some more believable then others.  SPOILER ALERT: When Ben left the party in DC, I thought it was because he overheard something Joy had said, but instead he left because he could not see himself in that world. It was nice to not have a big predictable argument between the two main actors.

Now, if I could take out one part of the movie, it would be when Ben’s Mom pulled him aside during his “outing” with Joy, just to quiz him down if he was on a date with her. I would hope that most mothers would wait until later to have that conversation with their son.

Of course, we had some cheesy moments and some, but I think that’s why we all like these Hallmark movies. I thought the dialogue between Ben and Joy was really well done, actually.

All in all, it wasn’t bad at all. I’ll probably be giving it a 6.7 out of 10. 

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Christmas at Pemberley Manor

This was the first movie to kick off the Hallmark Christmas season. Although it had a very cute story line, it wasn’t my favorite Hallmark movie. I thought the comparison between Pride and Prejudice was nice, but the storyline seemed to have a few holes. For example, how could the mayor of a small town pay a huge event planning company to plan their Christmas celebration? And why does one of the wealthiest people (William Darcy) have a college intern as his sidekick instead of a well seasoned employee? AND… how did William get board approval to not sell Pemberley Manor in such a quick amount of time? But with all that being said, I thought it was cute and the acting was great. Plus, I loved seeing Elaine Hendrix (Caroline) again, totally placed her immediately from one of my all time favorite movies, The Parent Trap. Overall I would give this movie a 6.5 out of 10. 

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Here is a pic from the ending scene, where William and Elizabeth realized they not only saved the towns Christmas celebration, but they also saved each other.

Also, the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas app is everything I could have hoped for! I encourage everyone to download it!

Three new Christmas Hallmarks this coming weekend, it’s getting serious!