After seeing a couple previews for The Christmas Promise, I honestly wasn’t so sure if my heart could take this story. I did find myself pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t in a constant state of tears.
There was enough silly, light moments to make it bearable for me, and overall, I really liked the storyline.
I always have to remind myself that everyone grieves differently….in their own way….on their own timeline….and this made certain aspects of Nicole’s sudden tragic loss very easy to relate too….but other moments hard to stomach.
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each:
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Ok, with the storyline being what it was….it was obvious that our two leads could not jump into a romantic relationship right away…and as it was, one year later, just was not enough time for me……but as I said, not my story. Anyhow, I did feel the friendship-turned-romance awkward vibes were super adorable and genuine. And I’m not talking “question mark”, I mean it was a total “exclamation point”. That scene made me smile so hard and big! Loved it! Kudos to Torrey & Dylan for making these characters come to life!
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Oh man, I am just so surprised by the gentle way they presented this story of grief. I loved that Nicole was able to see herself in her “Pop” and also have the outlet in the “mystery” texter. I loved that Joe was that guy….I mean, we all knew he was the texter, right? And he was so amazing about giving her space….he was funny and kind and understanding… a stark contrast to her friend group. It really was a beautiful story of finding love again…I just wish it would have been MORE than just “one year later”
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️ Nicole’s friend group really ticked me off. I’m sorry. It just felt like they did not give her the time and space she needed….was it all of them or just Susan?….not even sure, but every time they showed up I got angry. You just can’t expect someone to “feel better and HAPPY” that quickly. BUT, despite all that….I loved how she was able to anyway. Patrick Duffy CANNOT be her Grandpa. I just don’t understand that…..why couldn’t he have been her dad? I know that had to have made some of you blink twice, no?
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I cried. More than once. When you loose a loved one, it’s infinitely harder watching someone else go through that grief. The flood gates truly opened when she walked into that house for the first time. ugh. I still have a lump in my throat just thinking about it. Wanna know when else I cried? When Pop told her about writing Grandma a letter every day in the year after she passed…grief journals are so very helpful. BUT, here’s why this is a 5 star-er…..I also laughed a LOT. Joe was so goofy. That “good bye kiss between friends” was so crazy awkward it was adorable. I wonder if that was even in the script? It seemed so unplanned and unexpected….maybe it was actually ad-libbed? hmmmmm……
HALLMARK SURPRISE ❤️❤️❤️❤️ It wasn’t a surprise (to me at least) that Joe was the mystery man….but I was surprised how he handled it. I mean, he really was just walking away completely because he didn’t want to hurt her anymore. What a guy! I fully expected him to apologize and try and convince her…..he just didn’t. …………and honestly, the first kiss(es) really belong in this category too…..
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?!?!
- Choosing a lonely tree and decorating it. Especially way out in the middle of nowhere…..bringing a little joy to yourself and whoever might find it…..
- Olympic Judging of Christmas Yard Displays…..Nicole was really tough though, ours would never win any medals.
- Henry’s Red Truck: was it suppose to LOOK like a toy? Because it did…and that is GENIUS Advertising for a Toy Store!