Gospel choirs….at Christmas time…
My heart is SO FULL! I just finished watching this and I am a PERMA-GRIN plastered across my face.
I was so excited that Michelle Williams was going to grace our screens…but I wasn’t prepared to be more enthralled with the leads Luke James & Ashleigh Murray! Their chemistry! Their voices!!!
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each:
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Harmony & Kyle were obviously holding on to all sorts of history from the moment they destroyed those pies. I was having an extremely hard time comprehending what could have kept Kyle away all those years ago since he was still so overwhelming smitten with H. He was a persistent fellow though….convinced me as soon as he asked her to dance…and when he started singing in her ear….i was officially Team Kyle. It just was such a long time until the big reveal at the end to find out what was holding him back! It was hard to wait!
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ This story felt new and fresh and different! Harmony snatched up my heart right from the start….but actually had me yelling at her 3/4 of the way through. I loved watching her find her true passion again. I loved how all the family/town stories really endured you to the fundraiser. I loved the ending most of all……but don’t even get me started on that snow globe! (Yet) oh, and I LOVED all the references to II Corinthians 13….did you catch them throughout the entire movie? “Love is Patient….Love is Kind….”
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Mama Matthews. Loretta Devine makes me so happy. She’s just the best Mama…but she deserves love again too! Her and the Deacon were so dang cute! and Harmony’s sister had some GREAT one liners too: “Sisters before Sutures” 🤣 Unpopular opinion: Destiny’s Child > Beyoncé [I stand by it] so Michelle Williams brought me so much joy. My only complaint is that she didn’t get to sing more 🥰 but I was so impressed with her acting!
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️ oh my goodness. So many things to feel. The Matthews sleepover had me in an emotional pinball machine….but that’s what life is like, right? I was loving the ladies night with wine and laughter, but the home video that brought them all back down with grief over missing Daddy. Ugh. There were tears from me. I already mentioned it, but Kyle and Harmony singing in each other’s ears while dancing made me melt. In fact, Kyle this whole darn movie was amazing. It was so hard to watch Harmony stiff arm him constantly. THE MUSIC! Love love LOVE a good gospel choir! They got me right into the Christmas Mood, I almost started listening to Christmas Music myself!
HALLMARK SURPRISE ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. now, I thought the big SURPRISE was going to be that when Harmony was on that ladder putting the star on the tree she didn’t fall into Kyle’s arms…but rather he LIFTED HER down (SURPRISE!) 😉 BUT. I waited all freaking movie to find out why that boy did NOT meet the love of his life at the airport and join her in New York….WOAH! That reveal did NOT disappoint….and even more than that, it completely made sense and endeared me to Kyle even more! AND ON TOP OF THAT: THE FLIPPIN’ SNOWGLOBE WAS FROM HIM!!!!!! They got me. They got me good.
NEW (ungraded) CATEGORY no hearts given, but I feel like some of the “traditions” or decor in these movies NEED a little spotlight. I mean…
WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?!?!
- GIGANTIC Christmas Ball ornaments as yard decor! Now, my eye doctor actually does this. They are BLUE and we call them the BIG BLUE BALLS….and I love them so much! I want to have these so badly, but I would need a storage unit just to store them in the off season, so I have yet to figure out how to make this dream happen….
- Can we get a “Holiday Hallelujah Choir”? I’d love to sing in it….or even just go to the concert!