My Hallmark Obsession

Hallmark Movie Review: Christmas Bedtime Stories

Military Movies and me are not the best of friends. I feel like I need to admit this right up top, because….I dread watching them. So, if I wasn’t committed to reviewing this….I guarantee I either wouldn’t have watched this OR I would have turned it off half way through.

The emotions and memories that military movies stir up in me are strong…even though my husband ended his military service 16 years ago….once a Marine, always a Marine….and living & loving through deployments during a war is something that stays with you for life.

ok, now that I got that out….I will tell you what I thought of this one:

So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️ This is really hard to judge. Erin Cahill was very good. I truly believe that the chemistry between her character & Steve Lund’s (Pierce) was meant to be off for the purpose of the story. So, in that respect, BRAVO! The flashbacks & “such” of Danielle & Colby felt much more relaxed and natural….and so that Chemistry was great. My issue lies with feeling off the whole movie. I didn’t like it. I know that was the point. So, the actors did their job well….but it didn’t make me feel good. Does that make sense? And I want to feel good when I watch these movies. I want to root for the main characters.

STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I’ll give it to Hallmark…this was a very original way to tell a love story. The bedtimes stories were so sweet with Audrey. Watching a mother and daughter struggle with grief and memories just to have a crazy miracle turn it all around….it was too much for me. There’s Christmas magic and then there’s Real World Unbelievable…..I just felt icky the whole movie and could not accept the ending.

SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Audrey, that little sweetheart. How could you not love her? I feel like we need to put Pierce in this category too. He played his role well. Let’s get him a love that will SHOUT from the mountain tops!

FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️ So many feels….and very few if any of them were warm and fuzzy. 85% of the time I felt icky…which is really what I think they were going for. My heart just ached the entire time. It’s funny I wanted to completely accept the ending for Audrey, but in my head, I could accept it for Danielle. (I guess that’s the mama in me)

HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️❤️❤️ Were we really surprised? I guess, yes….but I was more surprised at the audacity of it. It was too much for me. Too serious of a topic to just willy nilly pull a 180 on.

18/25 I am actually shocked that I am scoring it this high. My kids and I agree….we will not be watching this again.

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