How in the world are you going to make me enjoy a Christmas movie with sailboats in it?!?
Don’t we need snow and ice and cold???
This Wisconsin girl was not sure about this movie right from the start….but I must say, I was most pleasantly surprised!
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each:
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️I really loved Luke. He was amazingly natural and fun to watch. Liz, however, hmmmm…..there was just something off there. There were moments that this character did shine through in a very genuine light, but I just felt like she was trying too hard at Happy. Over smiling…Over skipping….just over acting…..Does that make sense? Toward the end of the movie, though, when Luke & Liz are at the ball talking (as long as you could look past whatever that kiss was) and onward….the chemistry was amazing! It took almost the entire movie to get me there, but I sailed in by the end. Patrick Sabongui made me hang in there….the scene where Luke remembered everything about Liz was adorable….and the pay off at the end was worth it!
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Sailboats at Christmas….was not thinking I was going to be on board……but they got me! I absolutely loved the heartfelt story of Liz and her Dad trying to navigate the grief of losing their wife/mother. It was so realistic and moving to watch them mend their hearts together, especially the fact that it was his granddaughter that melted his. I wish we would have had MORE of the parade…..did we only see 2 boats lit up? Or did I fall asleep? hmm…..
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️All of these hearts are given to Terry O’Quinn. I loved that guy. Maybe I just have a special place in my heart for the crotchety old men of the world (Love you Dad)…but he played Dennis so well. It hurt my heart watching him be sad and closed off….and made it all the more sweet as he opened back up. Seriously, he just reminded me so much of my dad…super big heart just doesn’t know how to express it, and comes off harsh because of it…..especially when it comes to his own children. Even his relationship with Luke reminded me of my father’s and husband’s relationship….geez, who wrote this story????
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️ I’m a picture fanatic. So, the scenes when they look back at old photographs and remember the past got me right in the heart….double time when it was in memory of their mom…..QUADRUPLE TIME in the big Parade Reveal at the end! What in the world?!?!? I went from a “meh” feeling to crying in the closing parade scene with that Slideshow….Also, I already mentioned my love for Terry O’Quinn above, so basically any scene he in too….special mention: him and Liz in the dark at the foot of the Christmas tree–such a touching moment from both of them.
HALLMARK SURPRISE ❤️❤️❤️ Sailboat Slideshow. And did you notice that neither Luke or Liz changed anything about their lives to decide to be together? I found it so odd that the “conflict” turned out not to be resolved—just realized that it didn’t matter in the first place….Little twist there…..oh, and how long did it take you to realize that Liz and Luke weren’t brother and sister? Probably not as long as me….LOL! The opening scene was confusing….
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?!?!
- I’ve mentioned many times, but the Boat Parade at Christmas would be kind of amazing to watch….probably with more boats though….
- Love the “Saving Christmas” scavenger hunt to collect food/goods for people in need! What a fun and thoughtful idea!