Sunday, November 29, 2020

Holiday Movie Roundup (1)


I'm a sucker for Hallmark Christmas movies, so I thought I'd share my thoughts on the ones I've seen so far this year.

Holidate: Netflix

A date for all the holidays doesn't seem like such a bad idea...especially when your family is bugging you about a boyfriend.

I thought this would be more of a Hallmark movie - but it wasn't. I fully admit I zipped through the bathroom issue scene. The movie was...fine. Not great. Not terrible. It had some funny moments. But it was hard to connect to any of the characters. Also it took place year around and not just Christmas.

Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater: Hallmark
I really liked this one. As her daughter spends Christmas with her father, a single mom has time to fill over the holidays. After an accident with a stranger, she takes him under her wing and tries to give him a nice holiday season. They work together to help the local military families.

This one made me tear up at the end. It was really sweet. I loved how the families were able to be together. And that grand gesture was something else! I wouldn't mind a sequel set in Paris.

On the 12th Date of Christmas
Two rival co-workers must work together to create a scavenger hunt for a local hotel. 

This was a super cute movie. I loved how they had to create the clues to the scavenger hunt - which would take people all over the city. It sounded like the perfect adventure. I loved how close they both were to their families too. 

* Highly recommended.

One Royal Holiday
A royal family gets stuck due to weather and a stranger offers up her family's inn for their convenience.

While there are a lot of things that don't add up in this movie, once we get past that, it's a sweet movie. Anna enjoys being home again for the holidays and getting to share her town with strangers. She has opinions about the Prince who isn't excited about being stuck in America. She helps him loosen up and make the best of things.  I do love how they met over donuts and pastries. I loved the side romances in this movie. I really enjoyed Anna's best friend, who was the mayor. 

Christmas with the Darlings 
Jessica volunteers to help watch nieces and nephew of her employer during the week leading up to Christmas - with the help of one of the brothers.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but it was really cute. I loved all the Christmas events the family ended up doing together. The siblings were really sweet together. I really enjoyed this one. I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel.

* Highly Recommended

Timeless Christmas:
One night, a man vanishes from 1903 and travels to present day after fixing a clock.

This movie was charming and funny. I enjoyed the time travel aspect - and how Charles Whitley, appears right on cue. It was funny watching Charles adjust to live in the 21st century. I loved the banter between him and Megan. 

Plus, this movie (and book) was written by romance author Eva Leigh. 

* Highly Recommended

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