Hallmark pulled out the BIG Broadway dogs for this one!
AND IT SHOWED!!!!
This movie was pure JOY from start to finish!
Anna (Laura Osnes) & James (Aaron Tveit) are so natural with each other on screen! I loved every second! There were so many great comedic moments that I thought this was going to be a super sweet, funny film….but then they went in for the romance and angst and NAILED THAT TOO!
Christmas AMAZINGNESS I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT: A PAJAMA BALL?!?!! Sign this mama up! (maybe NOT on Christmas Eve, but some other day leading up to it, YES!) This is such a fabulous idea to incorporate the whole family! I mean, yes, getting to dress up fancy would be wonderful for a night out….but I’m with Anna on this PJ Ball train. Also, give me ALL THE FUZZY SOCKS!
So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ❤️ Prince James & Anna. ALL the hearts! These two obviously have the Broadway acting chops, so this shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did. This Wisconsin mama doesn’t see many Broadway plays these days (or ever)…so how would I know? How did a simple lift into the carriage make my heart beat faster? I mean, by the time they practiced dancing….don’t even get me started. I was ALL IN!
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I have to give this only 4 hearts…only because the royalty storyline is done SO SO often, it’s hard to make it seem fresh. I DID give it 4 stars, because it still worked. It felt genuine somehow….all except that last slipper scene that I will wipe from my memory bank forever. They should have stopped at the ball while they were ahead.
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ The Queen Mother! She is PURE GOLD! I would have given the whole supporting cast 5 stars just for her, but the DROP DEAD GORGEOUS MAYOR and her man, Dad and Diane the chef…LOVED THEM ALL! Also, does Anna’s dress at the Ball count as a supporting cast member? Because it should.
FEELS❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Anna and James made me feel ALL the feels almost ALL THE TIME. The Carriage Lift, the Dancing attempts, the Late Night Duel Recliners….the Speeches…the BALL….aside from that though, JOY TO THE WORLD is FLAWLESS…and made me so Ready to Belt the Christmas Hymns!
HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️❤️ It’s a Royal Hallmark Movie. I wasn’t even excited about it when I read the preview….but when I saw the trailer, I changed my mind….and the surprise for me was the “secret” of them being royalty….which is normally drawn out for the whole show, was revealed fairly quick.
22/25 ❤️ I’d FOR SURE watch this one again! If Broadway ever shuts down again, y’all can come back to the Hallmark anytime!
(if you are wondering how they scored all these gems….it was thanks to the COVID shutdown earlier this year)