Everybody…..CATS! Cats! CATS CATS CATS! CATS CATS CATS CATS cats Cats ! (please read and sing to he tune of “Shots!” If you haven’t already done so….go back, I’ll wait)
So, many cats.
Real talk. Not a cat person. at all. I will not apologize for this. The allergy induced eye itching and sneezing that they ail me with is reason enough…..and also, my dog is bomb.
I don’t like cats so much that my Hallmark love couldn’t even get me to watch the first installment, The Nine Lives of Christmas, from back in 2014 until my friends assured me it was worth it. They were right.
But would this sequel live up to the hype?
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Here we are again with Zachary & Marilee: what I LOVE about these two lies mainly with Kimberly Sustad’s ability to be quirky and awkward in such an endearing way that I fall in love with her every time. Together, they do have good chemistry, but she kind of carries them both. I mean, you saw that kiss in the fire station, right! FIRE!
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️ They really threw me when the movie started out with Marilee with another man… (which I also was kind of into–she works with everyone!) especially since the last time we left them they were so in love and speaking of forever. I did like that she was able to follow her dreams of becoming a vet! I don’t know how to explain it…aside from having cats and kittens EVERYWHERE at all times, the plot of this one was a little lost on me. I’m glad they found their way back to each other and found homes for all the little furry nuggets though!
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Chief Sam= Silver Stud! I LOVE him and his wife! They were so cute! Also, HAPPY RETIREMENT, SIR! He was so touched by his AWESOME gift! And, I really loved Marilee’s sister in this one! She gave great advice while still steering her in the way she wanted her to go 😉 Isn’t that what sisters do??? Since the kittens played such a huge part in this…I gotta shout out the fact that they named them after the reindeer…that was flippin’ adorable!
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️ I really felt for Marilee as she struggled with her feelings about work/life/love. But I FELT that first kiss at the fire station! WOWZA! And then when she just ran away….so good! Of course, the final scene was ADORBS…and I LOVED the first “ring” even more than the second 😉 As for warm hearted feels: all the memories Marilee & Jaclyn shared remembering their mom really pulled at my heartstrings: the making of the bundt cake and the advent calendar. ADVERSE FEELS: I’m not trying to DOG on the cats….but you have to admit there was a little too much dialogue with the cats in this movie, right? Or do all cat people talk to their feline friends like that?
HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️❤️The little surprises for me were the throwbacks to the first movie: the Christmas Tree test and the Ice Cream in the grocery store 🙂 Made me chuckle! AND ANOTHER CAMEO!!!! Paul Campbell as a cop…..adopting a kitten!
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?!?!
- Charm bracelet Advent calendar….I actually already bought our girls each one for this year 🙂 I love that it’s something they can wear longer….and it reminds me of Molly Shannon’s character in the Santa Clause 2 “CHRISTMAS BLING!”
- Do you do a Christmas tree test? I simply go by my sight/looks….