I’m sorry to say nothing about this movie surprised me.
Was it shot in a gorgeous location with a feast for the eyes as far as the they could see?
Did I learn about the food, culture, and Christmas traditions of the people of Vienna?
So it basically was it like every other “big on location” movie Hallmark ever made?
I will say, I LOVED seeing the Advent Candles & Wreath….I wish it would have actually been explained more in depth and in relation to the birth of Jesus. The Christmas Stockings also touched my heart as that too is a part of the Germanic family traditions that were passed down to me.
And those were my highlights, folks! 😉
Let’s dig in!
So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️ OOFDAH! This one was rough to watch for me. Jess: this girl was adorable & funny. She was already struggling with her musical passion, the direction her life was going….AND she put herself out there for a handsome stranger! Mark! You’re killing me, man! I get that you may not be ready….but, you certainly acted interested….and then, BAM. Cold shoulder. Many times over. Ouch. I did give you two hearts….because some scenes were very cute: ice skating, mistletoe, and Silent Night….but if you talk about kissing, the moment is ruined. If you talk about kissing, and then never actually kiss. Then it’s just weird. It really pains me because I like Brendan Elliot, but perhaps he only has eyes for Lacey?….and Sarah Drew…she tried…it just wasn’t there between these two for me.
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️ This plot line was lost on me. For one, it’s yet another musical story…which I wouldn’t mind if it made more sense. It was as if they used the music story just to include another beautiful Viennese location. Also, we’re they trying to channel Capt, VonTrap vibes with Mark? If that’s the case, he should have been much more stern throughout….you gotta sell that closed off aura better if you’re going that route. ……one more, sorry, why would a professional violinist on vacation substitute nanny for someone who she barely knew?
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️ okay, we have to talk about the accents. I am not a world traveler….like, at all. So, I need someone to tell me if these were right? Also, why did the older two children not have one…and the youngest’s was so pronounced that it was hard to understand? Haven’t they only lived there a year? Confused. Let’s talk about this friend Jess has….she’s immediately trying to hook her up with her cousin, gets her to do her job for her while on vacation…AND keeps telling her to pursue this man that literally turns her down at every attempt she makes. Jess, I will be a better friend than that to you. Come back to the States. Hop over the border to Wisconsin from Minnesota, and we’ll hang!
FEELS ❤️❤️ I had mostly Christmas feels from this one. The scenery was gorgeous! I would absolutely love to visit Vienna at Christmas time! As I mentioned above though, every almost moment between the leads just didn’t get there for me.
SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️ Talking about when you should kiss… But then never actually kissing… And then attacking it at the end… That’s a no for me
9/25 Imma pass on this one when it’s on again.
Yikes! I was harsh. I re-read what I wrote…and while I stand by it, I do want to add: I like Brennan Elliott and really like him in other movies. Sarah Drew was very cute in this too (I know she’s a Grey’s alum)….this storyline just didn’t sit well with me, I guess.