I really had to think about how I was going to go about reviewing this movie. The cast and storyline was so unique to what we normally expect from Hallmark….
I couldn’t put my finger on what I liked so much about it….until I sat down to write this review: it’s like COLD CASE meets Hallmark…the only think missing was the black and white flashback scenes. Although, I must say, Harry Lennix did a fantastic job painting each picture in my mind….so I was able to see it there as the music played ….
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ another movie where this category doesn’t truly fit in the Hallmark box. On paper, Niall Matter & Laura Vandervoort are portrayed as the romantic leads….but their story really felt secondary——nay, tertiary. (Big word-eh?) but this is my system, so I gotta stick with it. Megan and Steve…..if this was left up to you, we may be looking at a solid 3, possibly 4 with that banger of a kiss at the end…..HOWEVER, I must factor in Frank & Claire AND that puts the Chemistry at 5 hearts, no question
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️COLD CASE + HALLMARK LOVE STORY. What could be better? I loved the relationship between Megan and Frank! Such a sweet friendship to get to ride along with. Now, normally when the secondary love story outshines what should be the main one, it doesn’t sit well with me, but finding Frank’s long lost love was done so well, I 100% approve!
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Frank & Claire. STAAAAHHHPPPP!!! This story was so captivating and emotional. Both Harry Lennix & Liza Huget killed it! They made my heartache for BOTH of them! To be honest Niall’s character Steve seemed more of a supporting role in this! My daughter even said, “I don’t get it, Mom…which couple is this one about?” LOL! I assured her it was okay that there were TWO to root for 😉
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️The Music! Music memory is SO strong! I bet we can all think of a song that takes us right back to a place and time, especially if it’s connected with a love interest! Every time Frank shared a memory….when he SANG! Loved Watching the WOO! Claire’s broken heart….Frank’s broken heart…..the reunions at the end. GAH! Love lasting the test of a whole lifetime…..and if that wasn’t enough, Megan finally allowing herself to love again! GREAT FEELS in this one!
HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️❤️❤️ Well, I’ll tell you what, that Max sure surprised me! Also, the unconditional love Megan had for Frank. So focused on your friend’s happiness that you ignore your own. We don’t see that too much these days, do we?
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?!?!
- Was that a giant Ornament Hot Potato Game? I kind of LOVE it!