Alright, so the movie poster alone had me excited for this one….
add to that the concept of time travel with Christopher Lloyd & Lea Thompson as a part of the story had my Back to the Future-80s baby-heart all aflutter….
AND an added extra dose of Days of Our Lives Will Horton to the mix….
I actually tempered my joy when I sat down to watch. I felt like I wasn’t going to be a very objective reviewer for you guys.
but, Y’ALL. THIS WAS SO GOOD! I know you will agree with me on this!
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each:
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ WOW! First of all, Chandler Massey & Lyndsy Fonseca. WELCOME TO HALLMARK! (Will, did your mom, Sami, get you this gig? 😉 ) I loved every single second of Ben & Angie on my screen. Ben was so cute and funny and so in love with this girl. Angie really was such a lost soul in so many aspects of her life that her being unaware was actually believable! My only complaint is I wanted MORE MORE MORE of them in the new present. GAH! but, the frosty jewelry box…Ben as Santa…the two of them together at the ball… “My heart’s always been somewhere else”. BEN! WE KNOW! We all know! Now, I normally don’t add the “other” part of the love triangle in here, but our boy, Tyler Grant, sportscaster extraordinaire….he was in so much of this movie, I am making an exception. He also nailed his role….but I HAVE TO ASK THIS: Did any of you think that physically….he and Angie (or I guess I should say Lyndsy Fonseca & Eric Freeman, the actors themselves) LOOKED like they could be related???? I could not get past this in my brain. They looked like twins, or at least siblings…. Yes? No? Am I crazy?
STORYLINE❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ (overall plot of the movie) LOVED IT ALL! I really do enjoy a good time travel movie….and this was a clever spin on it being only 10 years difference. I loved that we were brought into every aspect of Angie’s life. Her relationship with her sister and in turn, her sister’s family’s struggles….her parent’s relationship….her own relationships and work/life balance. It amazed me how they fit all of this into a normal Hallmark movie time frame! Just goes to show how a well written/acted/directed script can make a brilliant movie. And, yes, I am still talking about a Hallmark movie…..but I almost felt like I was watching a feature film. That good.
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ❤️ YES TO THE WHOLE CAST! All of you, take a bow. Christopher Lloyd as the Train Conductor weaved this whole plot together …loved his words of wisdom and his smiles and winks and all the things! Mom & Dad and their story…Sister/BIL and their story, plus could little Henrik BE ANY CUTER??? Aunt Myrt! One Life to Live Queen! I fell in love with you all!
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️ This ties right in with the supporting cast…Every storyline just spoke to my heart. Mom & Dad struggling to figure out life after the kids grow up….Peter & Kristin’s heartbreak with infertility and feeling alone and helpless….the sisters and their disconnected relationship…..Ben’s life long love for his best friend…and oh my goodness…..running after that train!!!! AHHH!!!! I just couldn’t with the thought of those 10 years. I mean, even after the conclusion of the movie, I was pondering how everything changed and shook out….when did they get together for real??? Can we get a sequel that fills in the 10 year gap for us??? Please!!!! Also, I laughed out loud at may of Chandler & Lyndsy’s lines/interactions. Bring these two back!
HALLMARK SURPRISE ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I knew it was gong to be a time travel movie….I wasn’t prepared for how they went about it. Popping in and out of the train into different times and places. This was so unique! But mostly, the way it all ended had my jaw on the floor. I can’t believe he didn’t catch the train…..and then everything was perfect…and different….and fixed…and magical….and left me wanting more! Well done!
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?!?!
- Did you wonder why they kept showing the outside of the families house? All decorated and lit up? I was like, yes, I know I need to up my Christmas Lights game….I know……but then, and I almost missed it…..the GINORMOUS Gingerbread house replica????? Whaaaaa?????? So amazing.
- I just need a Christmas Ball in my life. that’s all.