I wasn’t even planning on watching this movie…but let me tell you, I am SO GLAD I DID!
I’m not sure if the Hallmark Execs are Celebrating Classical Music this 2020 season, or what is going on. Maybe it’s just how these movies fell….but this is the 3rd movie that heavily features music. (and there are more coming) I will be honest and say I’m not a classic movie buff….I’m hardly even a fan. That is why, I just wasn’t excited about this film.
Well, string-me-up-a-violin-and-call-me-crazy (that’s a saying, right?) THIS WAS AMAZING! I would hope anyone watching Lucia Micarelli can appreciate her ridiculous talent. She’s mesmerizing to watch slay the violin. If you’re curious (like I was) look up her filmography on imdb. You’ve most DEFINITELY heard her play before! What I wasn’t expecting was her natural acting ability and chemistry with Michael Rady.
Now, I need to come clean with myself here. Michael Rady is my Hallmark “sleeper” Hunk. Meaning, I always forget how much I love him in these movies until I’m watching another movie with him in it that I LOVE. Why do I keep forgetting this??? Trust Rady. Trust Rady. Trust Rady. There. Maybe that will help.
There is so much happening in The Christmas Bow….and normally, that’s really hard for Hallmark to pull off. They hit every mark on this one!
As Kate so eloquently said, “More is More.”
So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Patrick & Kate. I could not love you two more! Patrick is so smitten…and he plays this so so well. Can we take a moment of silence…and close our eyes…..and remember when the “close my eyes” scene played out? Yes, I re-played that scene more than once. No, I am not ashamed. WOW! Everything about that dialogue and kiss had me.on.the.floor. And, also, can I just say how you CAN have a “conflict” without a huge misunderstanding? THANK YOU FOR THIS! Honest and open the whole time. LOOOOOVE!!!!!
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Oh my goodness. There were multiple stories intertwined in this…and they ALL CRUSHED IT! Kate’s hand rehab…..Patrick’s dream job?….Patrick’s mom, Tess, and her health struggles & successes…Grandpa Joe & his late wife….little wingman Gavin…..ok, MAIN PLOT: nailed it. Lucia obviously knew how to convey her passion for music across the screen….and what would it be like if that was threatened. Kate and Patrick’s love story was so natural and beautiful. I would give it 8 hearts if I could.
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Was there a bad actor in this whole bunch? Nope. Not a One. First of all, little wingman, Gavin, and Patrick were SUPER ADORABLE. That “joke” never got old. I looked into Patrick’s mother, Tess…and you can read more of Joy Perry’s casting call news here. She really does have CMT. How amazing to be able to bring awareness and represent others! Grandpa Joe was so sweet and I just wanted to jump through the screen and hug him! (and that was before the heart-wrenching flashback) Again. I need MORE hearts!!!!!
HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ This whole movie was a surprise! Kate & Patrick being honest about their feelings, but you still knew their internal conflict was probably the biggest surprise. The early kiss is always my favorite surprise, though….and that one. Was. Epic.
25/25 ❤️ I’ve already watched this more than once. LOL! Would certainly give it 30/25 if I could.
I’m KICKING MYSELF I did not included this in my Hallmark Christmas Movie Showdown Bracket. Trust Rady. Trust Rady. Trust Rady.