Hello and ho, ho, ho! I’m back this week with another instalment of Christmas Movies of the Week. We’re getting closer and closer to Christmas, and my movie watching consumption certainly hasn’t dropped. There are far too many movies to review, and so little time, so today I bring you only the best of the best, by which I mean the ones that I remember well enough to write about, and which I either need to encourage you to check out or urge you to avoid at all costs.
Journey Back to Christmas: I was super excited for this one because, in my mind, Candace Cameron Bure is usually a pretty good sign that a holiday movie will be of reasonable quality. That was before a magical time-travel-inducing Christmas comet came into the picture. Candace is transported into the future, where everyone assumes she’s some sort of holiday grifter set to take advantage of their community instead of, you know, someone suffering from some sort of mental health issue. A cop takes her into his home but–surprise twist–they don’t really fall in love (a Hallmark Christmas movie first!!), because her heart belongs to her husband, who’s still back in the 1940s. Will the magical Christmas comet take her back in time again or will she be stuck in the future? I’ll spare you having to watch it: she gets back to the 40s. Skip this one. Candace Cameron Bure or not, it gets one tree.
The Magic Stocking: A young girl is gifted an old stocking at a holiday craft fair, which turns out to be magical. Every day the stocking falls off the mantle and some sort of meaningful gift appears inside it. Naturally, no one except the young girl actually believes its magic at first, but soon they’re all sold on this stocking’s power to bring back Christmas magic and heal broken hearts. This one’s not as bad as it sounds, but trust me that my bar has been lowered substantially with the number of movies I’ve watched this year. I most appreciated that this featured some Christmas magic and not just a love story (although, to be fair, the love story is still there too).
A Christmas to Remember: A Martha Stewart-ish food television icon loses her memory in a car accident and finds a new small-town home, her long-lost Christmas spirit and love while recovering from her amnesia. Bonus points for falling in love with the man who almost ran her over after her accident. Aside from all the implausible plot details, there was something about this one that took it from one Christmas tree to two. Perhaps that something was the half bottle of wine I drank while watching it…
Hope at Christmas: The one followed the made-for-television Christmas formula to the T. There was a move from the big city to the small town, gingerbread houses, misunderstandings between potential new loves, and a rapid romance that developed over (I think) five days. It was the stuff that TV holiday movies are made of, chock full of major implausibilities, like buying a book store on a whim or reading a whole book without noticing that the guy you’re sort of dating is the author on the book jacket. Sigh. Really the enjoyment in this one was its ridiculousness and predictability.
Not a great week in movies, as you can see, but I’m still optimistic that I’ll get another three-tree status movie before the season’s done.