My DVR is close to overflowing, my streaming list is growing AND I just can’t seem to pass up a DVD at several of my favorite stores. If you haven’t noticed yet, it is Christmas movie season, and there are a lot of great ones to watch. Today I want to share with you Angel of Christmas. This beauty is straight from the Hallmark Channel, BUT you can also pick up the DVD at various retailers.
ABOUT THE FILM (From Hallmark page): A holiday Grinch ever since her boyfriend dumped her on Christmas, newspaper staffer Susan gets her first big break to write her own headline story — but ironically, the story is a Christmas-themed account of her own family’s carved wooden Christmas Angel — an angel that supposedly has magical properties to bring true lovers together.
STARRING: Jennifer Finnigan (Susan), Jonathan Scarfe (Brady) and Holly Robinson Peete (Yvette)
MY REVIEW: You know how sometimes you meet a person and you think “What a pill”? Well at first sight, that is kind of how I felt about Susan. We are introduced to Susan as she goes about her day like it is any other day, but all around her you can see the buzz of Christmas. Christmas themed coffee drinks, cookies and decorations abound and people are charging into the Christmas spirit, but Susan is disinterested and disengaged. She simply has no interest in any of the holiday merriment and is fairly unimpressed with all the Christmas season is offering. We quickly see that she is not a hollow and cold woman, just a woman who has been hurt and is spending her time focused on her career as a copy editor for the newspaper who has dreams of being a writer.
And then there’s Brady, a very optimistic and charming artist who has set his sights on brightening Susan’s day and reintroducing Christmas joy into her life. Considering Susan has been given a green light to write a Christmas story for her paper on a very old family heirloom, a hand carved Christmas angel, his attentions have come along just in time. Christmas is going to have a chance to touch her heart again.
Angel of Christmas is a sweet story with times for giggles and guessing games. I loved that there was this underlying story of the origin of this rather large wooden tree topper and a chance for us to guess along as Susan dug deeper into this family treasure. Watching Susan and Brady become friends and enjoy each other’s company was sweet too. It is definitely an endearing story that will bring light to the holiday season. I am sure Hallmark will show it more this season. It really is a gem.
What I liked: I loved seeing Jennifer Finnigan in a Hallmark Christmas movie, she is always great to watch and Jonathan Scarfe was excellent as Brady. I don’t recall him in something in particular, but he had just the right mix of charm and humor. The backstory really did keep me guessing a bit and that is always fun too. It wrapped up into a satisfying conclusion.
What I would have liked to see tweaked: I think that the story could have been just as satisfying if things weren’t a little too perfect which I can’t mention without spoilers.
Lastly, I watched Angel of Christmas as part of Hallmark’s awesome Christmas movie line up on their Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel. It is also available for purchase on Amazon, Family Christian, and Christianbook.com and I imagine other stores (PS- no affiliate links here). Here is a link to a preview video on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries website if you want to check it out: Angel of Christmas. Oh, and if you want to get in on these awesome Christmas movies, here is the link for the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries schedule: Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.
Rating a four out of five candy canes.