It is hard to be charmed by that. Marie finds her Christmas spirit reawakened when her mother begins sending her the family's Christmas ornaments. Feeling lost both at work and in love, Marie looks for a Christmas miracle to give her the confidence to pursue her work goals and to try to win Nate back. Caught about an hour of this earlier Hallmark movie last night. Marie looks like a porn star.
Predictable but soft, delicate but good game of nuances of tension, silky and reflectic dilemmas of many from us. Marie sees them as magical and I think the movie tries to use them as symbols for different aspects of her journey. This one was not as good as December Bride, but it is well done. When Marie's boss assigns her to edit the book of the man who caused her holiday heartache, however, the task resurfaces doubts from the past and even causes her to push Nate away. Feeling lost both at work and in love, Marie looks for a Christmas miracle to give her the confidence to pursue her work goals and to try to win Nate back. Brendan Penny does a good job opposite her. Julianne Alexander shines in this new Christmas movie that is sure to be a classic for years to come.
Perhaps it was how the different elements were arranged, or perhaps there was just too much jammed into the story for the time allowed. If Jessica wants to continue being a Hallmark staple, she needs to continue to follow the example in the recent movie. But it's somehow a nice background flick that works for those who are broken hearted this time of year. Trying to restore it, her mother sends Marie Christmas ornaments from her childhood, and a coincidental blessing follows each one. Trying to restore it, her mother sends Marie Christmas ornaments from her childhood, and a coincidental blessing follows each one. Hiding in plain sight tactic could possibly work.
Jessica did a great job with the Christmas ornaments and the pediatric hospital kids were a nice touch. The ornaments are part of the story. As Christmas approaches, Marie must follow her heart's passion - both at work and in love - and hope for one more blessing from her magical Christmas ornaments. She is having trouble healing. Especially if you attempt to re-kindle a past flame but find it lacking in.
And pretty soon we see her guided by those events. Marie's Christmas spirit gets another boost when she meets her handsome neighbor, Nate Penny , and feels a spark with him while celebrating the season. Of course, my exhaustive attempt to slog through every new Hallmark Christmas movie may have colored my opinion here. I'm not sure if they attempted to cram in, maybe something more endearing in a previous draft, but I don't think the story could handle any more ideal person in a garbage pit such as New York City. The innocuous straight forward sale.
I'm currently listening to famous Christmas songs and I think that's what all these movies are about, at least for me. She's just not up to carrying a story herself. Trying to restore it, her mother sends Marie Christmas ornaments from her childhood, and a coincidental blessing follows each one. As most have succinctly put it, this is a 90+ minute ad for Hallmark's ornaments. It's enough to make it worth a peek during dark times around this holiday. I thought the movie was so good because of Daniel Lissing, but after seeing this one, I think Jessica was the reason.
Her next door neighbor Nate Brendan Penny likes to celebrate Christmas when he can away from his folks who dwell in Florida. Hallmarks are better suited to the girl next door types, not the exotic beauties, in my opinion. In addition to everything else going on in the story, we have children in a hospital at Christmas. The book he is writing deepens Marie's conflict because his story is the story of their relationship together. Jessica Lowndes is not my favorite actress so I'm not sure I'm objective, but because I felt her emotions so strongly, I think she must have done a good job. Marie and Nate take a special interest in them which gives us some heartwarming moments. She is not great, but she is on the right path.
. Feeling lost both at work and in love, Marie looks for a Christmas miracle to give her the confidence to pursue her work goals and to try to win Nate back. Not the greatest but I enjoy the film for what it is. I don't want to pile on to poor Jessica Lowndes, so I will say that I quite enjoyed her in Christmas at Pemberley. I mentioned in that review that she had toned down her looks a bit. To sum up, this movie is average, but it does have a lovely plot regarding the ornaments.
Through thick dark eyeliner that makes her look really spooky and a Carly Simon level wide mouth, she is adorable herself. This movie has some powerful elements in the story. This one serves as a cautionary reminder of what Jessica should stay away from. I also agree with the commenter that pointed out her rapid fire delivery which serves to make her seem like a line-reader rather than a thoughtful actress who is really inhabiting her character. Jessica has a little dog in her New York apartment as well.