I’ll be reviewing the new Hallmark Christmas movies each week. You can catch last week's reviews here.
On to the movies!
Christmas Cookies – website
Aunt Sally’s Christmas Cookie Company is sold to a large conglomerate and executive Hannah (Wagner) must seal the deal and shut down the factory, which is the small town of Cookie Jar’s lifeblood. What was supposed to be a simple assignment for Hannah becomes complicated when she meets Jake (Brown), the factory owner who’s determined to keep the factory in town. Despite not being a fan of the holiday, the Christmas spirit in this small town is infectious and she gets swept up in the joy of the season while also falling in love. Starring Jill Wagner and Wes Brown.
Verdict: Kinda boring and not a lot of spark between the two actors. And the male love interest in particular was kind of bland.
Cheese factor: The Christmas spirit force was strong with this one. A very close knit community with LOTS of decorations. The girl hates Christmas and is there to move the town cookie factory and take everyone’s job away… blah blah blah
It’s not a Christmas theme but there’s a much better spin on this trope with the Hallmark Valentine movie called – Appetite for Love
2 out of 4 Cheesy Elves!
Every Christmas Has a Story – website
When a TV personality has an on-air snafu and admits she hates Christmas, she is invited to the Most Christmas-y town in the US to try and repair her image. Forced to work with her ex-boyfriend Jack, the show's producer, the magic of Christmas and this special town will change the way she views Christmas and her life. Stars Lori Loughlin, Colin Ferguson and Willie Aames.
Verdict: Not bad. There’s a bit of romance, small town charm and a mystery. I liked the actors. This one also felt a bit more modern with a woman with an actual career, a young girl who has aspirations to be a reporter and WoC boss. Still not enough – but better.
Cheese factor: Kate hates Christmas – I’m detecting a movie theme here – and she gets Scrooge shamed big time, almost losing her job. No worries! Small town to the rescue! This movie was super heavy handed – constantly bashing you over the head that if you don’t love all things Christmas you can never love or live life fully lol
3 out of 4 Cheesy Elves
Has anyone started watching these yet? Gotta say - I'm not overly impressed so far. Hopefully the cheesy fun and romance will kick in soon. So far the 2016 movies have felt like their just cranking them out.