I loved the first Mrs. Miracle adaptation back in 2009 with James Van Der Beek & the absolute treasure Doris Roberts as Madame Merkle. Oh, what a joy that woman was! New installments or sequels are always hard to rate without bias….but I will do my very best.
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each:
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Ugh. Will & Angie made me cry right along side of them. This pairing was so so SO good together. It’s hard to compare long standing couple’s chemistry against the majority of Hallmark movies where new love is portrayed….but the struggles and triumphs of an established married husband and wife can hit you right in the heart if done well….and Kaitlyn Doubleday & Steve Lund got this ALL RIGHT! My heart is still wrenched, but the fact that they got their miracle(s) capped off the most beautiful love story in the end!
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Oh my goodness! I would say I can’t imagine the amount of families and couples that watched this story unfold with tears flowing as it mirrored their own journey to parenthood….but I can….because I know many of them personally and love them like crazy. I cannot speak first hand to going through the foster and adoption system, so I won’t claim to be an expert…but I know having this story told so beautifully grabbed my heart and didn’t let go. In addition to that, the love and care given to Nana was just too sweet for words. Loving our family in every generation is so very important. In contrast, the strained relationship Angie had with her father…and it’s mending. 5 hearts all around!
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️I’m not sure if you can consider Gloria a supporting cast member since the whole darn movie is named after her, but I’m going to talk about her here anyway. Caroline Rhea was a fabulous Mrs. Miracle. Was she Doris Roberts? No….who could be? But, she brought her own flair to the role, and I still loved her…even if it was a different feel. Here’s what I thought was so poignant: what I felt was missing from the void of Doris Roberts’ Mrs. Miracle ….was filled with the Sweetness of Paula Shaw as Nana. She reminded me so much of my late grandmother and made me smile….from her stubbornness to her scheming. 🙂
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️AND this is when I want to break my own rules and add more hearts! I feel like I’ve talked about FEELS in every category. This whole movie had me feeling. My heart clenched. Tears poured down my cheeks. SO MANY FEELS! This is what Hallmark movies are made of, my friends. The saddest of sads….and the joy-est of joys.
HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Tackling such heart-aching REAL topics of infertility, fostering, adoption, elder care, strained family relationships due to grief…..they did it all with such grace and care. I was so moved by it all.
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 have to talk about the cabinet boughs. Like, every single kitchen cabinet had one. I still can’t decide if I love it or hate it.
- I really need an angel to tell me and my husband to go out on a date and then put up all our outdoor Christmas Lights.