I always get uneasy for military movies. I feel like I have to psych myself up for them…emotionally, I fear getting thrown back in time to the early 2000’s when my boyfriend (now husband) was a Marine, serving overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
I was happy to say, USS Christmas didn’t throw me into the bad feels…..
I’m sad to say….USS Christmas didn’t throw me into many feels at all.
The storyline wasn’t the problem….I think it was partly the sloppy research into military lingo (i.e. did you hear them refer to 8pm as 0800?!?!?!?…military time is easy, friends) AND partly the chemistry of the leads. meh.
So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️ Lt. Billy & Maddie. I reeeeally wanted to love these two…but I just didn’t feel it. She was being so adorable and loveable in the beginning, while he was “The Grinch” and kept at a distance…..and THEN, he starts falling for her, and she cuts him off. Now listen, I was that girl who didn’t want a “military life”, so I thought I’d relate…..but even with the early kiss….it just didn’t resonate with me.
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️ Things I liked: The Tiger Cruise is such a cool tradition! What a beautiful way to share the Navy with family! The love story of Sam & Dorothy. The rest was kind of forgettable….
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️ Sam and Dorothy were adorable…..Maddie’s mom was super sweet….the Capt. was alright. To be honest, I had to look up the cast to even remember if there were people I missed
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️ It’s getting 3 hearts just for the USA. GOD BLESS AMERICA and all who have served! Also, so many pretty Christmas trees on a ship….do they really decorate it that well?
HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️ They found Sam & Dorothy! But mostly, I was surprised just how little I cared about this pairing 🙁