Oh I love a good Christmas Village! One of my favorite parts of Christmas decorating is setting up my all my village pieces …..and adding to it every year.
So that…plus Sami Brady… 😉 I was looking forward to this one
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️ Alright. Alison Sweeney & Luke MacFarlane…I had high hopes….but, alas, this pairing was not utilized to the best of its ability. And I blame it all on that magical village! The scenes between Summer and Ryan were forced and unnatural. The whole “the village made me do it” doesn’t read good chemistry
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️ There were parts of the story that I really liked. I liked the family dynamic of the mom and daughters… It portrayed a real life problem that many families have to deal with. I even liked the magical village….but the transition from the village to real life was too Hokey for me. And I couldn’t wrap my head around whether we were supposed to believe in cosmic/zen/universal fate or a magical village. It just didn’t connect
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Sister April and daughter Chloe were both very cute…. But we have to talk about 5 Alarm Viv. I did not think I was going to love her so much! Marlo Thomas got me good. Vivian was so spunky & sassy. Not a typical Hallmark grandma at all! Loved her 😍
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️ Normally my feels come from the romantic pairing… But I got next to nothing out of this one. However, Vivian and Summer’s heart to heart talk/argument really made me tear up.
HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️❤️ I wasn’t really surprised by anything other than Ryan & Summer wearing those costumes at the end 🤣 Overall, a pretty average predictable Hallmark movie.