I should have know that turning on a Miracles of Christmas movie would be a “watch at your own risk” situation….
This one told stories that I wasn’t expecting to have to navigate in a Hallmark movie….I’m glad I didn’t watch this one with our kids. There would have been lots of questions that I would have had to address….very adult storylines here….
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️ J-Bug & Q-ball are all grown up and looky there, they fall in love! The romance really took a back seat to the heavy, heavy drama their dads were dealing with, but Jason and Quinn were adorable together. The secret tree operation leading to the most perfect Hallmark kiss was to die for. And I could probably watch Eloise Mumford shyly smile and giggle all day. She’s the cutest!
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I said I didn’t expect this storyline…and that is the understatement of the year. It was very different. Not that is was bad, but discussing alcoholism and how that affected Mike and his family/career was a pretty big part of the movie. Definitely Not a warm and fuzzy Hallmark Plot. Steve’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s also was so heart wrenching. I gave this 5 hearts because the whole movie was woven together so well, and presented in a way that made me super invested…..I was just surprised that this plot line made it into a Hallmark lineup.
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Bedford & Sullivan were so amazing! I actually loved these guys! I felt like they both could be my dad….which made many scenes funny and others so hard to watch. (But obviously that means they were performed well) and THEY CAN SING! and speaking of singing: Addison (Jasmine Forsberg) AMAZING VOICE! Even the dorky producer dude was good in this! (Shout out to Miss Beauty School Drop Out….still waiting tables, huh, Didi Conn? Gosh, I’d know her voice anywhere!)
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️ so many hurtful feels in this! It was just constant heartache for me the whole darn time. For the kids…for the dads…for the dads as friends and partners…for the dads as they are dealing with the trials of growing older and having their stars fade….ugh, the romance between JBug & Qball just wasn’t enough to give me happy feels…..this movie hurt my heart
HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️❤️❤️the whole plot line was surprising to me! Wow. Just wow. 😕 also….the singing all around was GOOD! I don’t think we’ve had original songs this year that were actually good. I am super impressed!
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?!?!
- Bringing boxes for Christmas decor to hotels you stay in during the holidays…we actually talked about possibly doing that 😏
- What was with the city center tree topper? Fiber optic firework looking thing????