Ok, bear with me folks…
I had the pleasure of watching this with a friend…and was a bit distracted by laughter and children….but I did manage to find some light (possibly from the light house?) in this flick.
And if you watched it….you might find that quite surprising 😏
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️ I know I’ve seen both theses leads in other movies which I have enjoyed…but at Christina and Andy….I just could not get into this paring. Um, that campfire scene was nearly cringe-worthy…too awkward for me
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️ typical Hallmark trope: big business coming into small town to destroy a treasured landmark. The way the told this story though: I didn’t care either way…and that made me sad. Oscar the Grouch was TOO mean…Christina was a stand alone (island, shall we say?) even her fellow business owners didn’t care….and Andy wasn’t really making an effort either way. Meh to the Meh meh meh. Plus, like, just because Andy looks good in every color suit possible, he really should have spent more time being a dad.
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️ These two hearts are going up for Oscar Bittleman the Grouchiest Grouch ever. He actually made me hate him, even though I knew where it was coming from! But he turned it around with his speech at the end. Got me right in the feels.
FEELS ❤️❤️ as I said…Oscar’s speech to Chrsitina at the end was very heartfelt and probably moved me more because it was such a huge 180* ….and speaking of Oscar….that kiss he plants on Janice! Well done, sir! Wink, was cute. Felt really sorry for that kiddo.
HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️❤️❤️ besides Oscar’s whopper of a smooch…I’m more surprised with what DIDN’T happen in this movie: wharf doesn’t get saved…and Christina didn’t see a mermaid (major bummer) 🧜♀️ 😢 oh, and one MORE surprise: A WHOLE CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE!!!! (Christmas Sail could’ve taken notes)
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?!?!
- When decorating for a seaside Christmas: DO use a lighthouse for your tree topper DON’T wrap an entire Christmas tree in a white sheet with a red sash and call it a lighthouse
- When shooting a movie in warm climates…. DO use fake snow, CGI, etc. DON’T use cotton stuffing and batting ….this reminded me of the spring movie “Just My Type” and their overuse of fake flowers. Gave us a good chuckle though!