My Hallmark Obsession

Hallmark Movie Review: In Merry Measure

Oh my goodness. This was a sleeper movie. I didn’t see it coming!

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

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ So there’s intense, steamy chemistry….and then there’s laugh-a-minute comedic banter…and honestly, I forget just how much I love to laugh until a couple does it right. Brendan Penny & Patti Murin as Adam & Darcy…well, let’s just say I don’t NOT like them. They were super fun as “rivals” and even more adorable when they were honest about their true feelings. Sometimes a good dose of playfulness & ribbing is the perfect combination! Loved these two!

STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ there didn’t seem like a whole lot was on the line….I liked the storyline well enough. Usually mixing music into a Hallmark movie is usually a giant PLUS or a major flop. Acapella is my jam…..but as far as the music went, it was very middle of the road for me….but that didn’t even matter because the writing made up for EVERYTHING! The whole idea of building each other up and being the encouraging positive voice for someone….it really does make all the difference! And sign me up for some Random Attacks of Encouragement! Who doesn’t need that?

SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Gretchen was hilarious. Gretchen and Darcy together were LIFE! I want to be their sister. I feel like I could be their sister. Funny voices. Harsh honesty. Sarcasm at every turn. It took me forever, and I still had to look up Jennifer Robinson to see where I had seen her before: Ginny & Georgia!!!! I just LOVE this woman! Even Adam’s friend Rick had me rolling! Kudos to the entire cast and crew on this one! I love your work, PLEASE KEEP GOING!

FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Oh my, was I giddy watching Adam & Darcy reunite! That aaalllmost finger hold got me good! My only gripe was that first kiss could have lastest juuuust a beat longer. I also really just loved the family dynamic of Gretchen/Megan/Darcy right down to the matching pj photo shoot….and you know, I’m a sucker for a Movie montage set to music at the end. My heart!

HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Just the SOLID fact that there was NO drawn out misunderstandings throughout the entire story. Whenever someone was about to be upset/overreact they all talked it out open and honestly. I actually had a few head turn/sideways glances at my screen….was this on Hallmark?? 😉 I also have to give a shout out to one of my friends who lovingly pointed out Brendan Penny= Clark Kent. I’ll take that Superman anyway!

23/25 My only serious issue with this movie was them serving chili over spaghetti noodles….what? I sure hope Brendan Penny & Patti Murin are paired up again soon! Loved the whole thing! Certainly on my must watch again list!

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Hallmark Movie Review: All Saints Christmas

I will be honest and say that I had never heard of Ledisi before this movie was announced. I’m a Country and Christian music fan….also a child born in the 80’s….raised on 90’s and early 2000’s pop music….so don’t hate on me.

That being said…..Ledisi’s Christmas music is added to my playlist now. LOVE HER VOICE!

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

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️ I really want to give these two more hearts….I TRULY DO. There was juuuuust something a liiiiitttle off. Every once and awhile there was a spark….a teeny flutter, and then it would pass. The banter between Lysette & Matthew was actually great, it just fell short for me when the romance started for real between them for me.

STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️ Although the fake fiancé bit has been done many times, this modern twist with a popular music artist and social media rumors was fun! I loved that they were in on it together and that Matthew never had stopped loving her. Plus, Lysette’s entire family was amazing! Loved seeing New Orleans at Christmastime…..and all the song breaks!

SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Oops! I guess I started addressing this already….but really, the whole cast was fun to watch. The relationships seemed genuine….even the feuds were well acted between parents/children…and old friends/rivals. Really liked this group. Dad’s reaction to finding out the “good news” was too adorable for words!

FEELS ❤️❤️ Every time Ledisi opened her mouth to sing…I melted. GURL. That Joy to the World brought So MUCH JOY TO MY WORLD. The other heart is for Matthew. I was routing for him the entire time.

HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️ This was a very run-of-the-mill Hallmark movie. I was entertained…..but nothing “surprised” me….except for how much I want that GREEN DRESS 👗 in the opening number 🔥

13/25 If I couldn’t just listen to Ledisi on my iTunes, I would definitely watch this again to hear her….but the storyline didn’t stand out to me enough to put in my “watch again” pile.

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Hallmark Movie Review: A Maple Valley Christmas

A Maple Andrew Christmas…..

ahhhh…..

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

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Andrew Walker. ‘Tis the season for us all to enjoy your presence on the screen. And enjoy we did. Apparently so did your co-star….that early movie, bold move by Ericka on Aaron really shocked my whole family into this one. Woah…..like…..WOOOOAHHHHHH NELLY!!!! I mean, even if 95% of the viewers are thinking that’s what they want to happen….it was a tad jarring. As always, Mr. Walker brings the smolder to almost every scene. I enjoyed witnessing that……however, apart from the kiss I just wasn’t prepared for….the rest of this pairing was too one-sided for me :(. I’m so sad I have to type that.

STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️ Cripes! Give AW a fresh script! I know the man can carry any and all things Hallmarky on his back….but a version of this story has been told so many times….in fact he’s even done one or two….I did love the scenery..the horses, the woods….that barn dinner….all the decor though.

SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️ Meh. There was a lot of tension happening all around….and honestly EVERYONE in both these families needs some serious therapy. What didn’t make sense to me is that by the end nothing really seemed resolved.,

FEELS ❤️❤️❤️ Once my heart and other parts calmed down after that kiss on the porch…..the romance portion was really lacking. The dance was alright…the horse ride was ok…the final scene was beautiful….but I have to be honest, if it wasn’t Andrew Walker in this flick, I would probably forget about the whole movie.

HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️❤️ ❤️ I’ve now mentioned it multiple times. Huge HUUUUUGE move my Ericka right away ….wowzers. that took all my surprise right outta me.

16/25 Andrew!!! Please don’t read this. I WILL watch this again….just up until the porch kiss though 😉

P.S. if you do ever read this….I would never make you earn my hat