It’s only in recent years that I’ve actually started enjoying Christmas films. Other than the Muppets Christmas Carol, I’ve just never really be into them. However, last year, I discovered the Christmas movies channel and never looked back. I’ll be honest, these reviews will mostly be Hallmark Christmas films because they are just so easy to watch! I’ve got tonnes sat on the Sky+ box already from Christmas24 and need to get stuck in this December. Here are my 2020 Christmas movie reviews part 1:
THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS (2011) ⭐⭐
IMDB: “The Locke family are devastated when they learn their 2-year-old son, Dax, has leukemia.”
Nothing like starting off your Christmas binge watch with a sad story. This film is based on a true story but honestly, the acting was pretty bad. The actors were so wooden and had zero emotion during really difficult scenes. The mum of the sick kid was outright racist in one scene too. Just no.
MERRY KISSMAS (2015) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “A woman engaged to marry a self-centered film and stage director/choreographer falls for a caterer whom she kisses, as does he for her.”
Now we’re talking, some proper cheesy festive cheer! I’ll be honest, I only really watched this for Brant Daugherty (Noel in Pretty Little Liars) but the story is so sickly sweet and adorable. I would like to meet a handsome man in a lift.
RUNAWAY CHRISTMAS BRIDE (2017) ⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “A runaway bride makes herself scarce at a winter resort, where she meets a charming ski patrol rescuer. Just when she begins to believe in love again, her jilted fiance arrives at the resort.”
So I watched this one last year and it was better than I remembered. Again, the acting is questionable and the story is pretty weak but somehow I still enjoyed it! Who wouldn’t want to run away to a ski resort and meet a handsome man who works there?
THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT (2013) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “A widow plans to give Christmas festivities a miss, as they bring back too many memories of her late husband.”
A slightly different storyline this time and I really enjoyed the journey that the lead female went on in this one. Whilst still mourning, she is able to rediscover her love of baking and sets upon starting her own business. She meets a handsome man along the way who offers a helping hand.
THE CHRISTMAS CONTRACT (2018) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “A recently-single woman dreads the thought of going back to her home town in Louisiana for Christmas when she finds out her ex-boyfriend will be there with his new girlfriend.”
This is one of the ones I’ve been waiting to see in the UK because of all the ex One Tree Hill cast members. Peyton, Clay, Rachel and Skills all appear as well as Tyler Hilton as himself. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I was hoping for. Maybe it was the fact that Peyton and Clay were a thing and Rachel and Skills were a couple too, when they weren’t on OTH? I gave it an extra star because of my OTH love.
THE SWEETEST CHRISTMAS (2017) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “Kylie is expecting a proposal from her boyfriend/boss at a restaurant and gets a promotion instead. The restaurant owner is her old high school boyfriend, she hasn’t seen in years. They help each other out. Love in the air?”
Another Hallmark movie that I really enjoyed. Gretchen Wieners is a pastry chef (no toaster strudel in this one) and ends up using her ex-boyfriend’s restaurant as her kitchen. Her relationship with his son seems really genuine and enters a contest so she can use the winnings to open her own business. Gretchen is in so many of these Hallmark movies and most of them aren’t too bad!
A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS (2017) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “A young self-help author returns to her hometown during the Christmas holidays to promote her new book. She soon discovers the true meaning of Christmas and family.”
The couple in this are insanely good-looking and have really great chemistry, which they get an extra star for. However, it’s the usual story: woman has successful career, goes back to her hometown at Christmas time, falls in love and realises there’s more to life than her career.
CHRISTMAS BY THE BOOK (2018) ⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “During a prestigious holiday gala, which is an interview for her dream job, a lifestyle guru must prove that she is a romance expert.”
I only watched this as it had Disney Channel faves Chelsea Kane and Drew Seeley in it but my god, the acting was baaaaad. The pair of them had zero chemistry and the script wasn’t much better. 90 minutes I’ll never get back.
FINDING SANTA (2017) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “Grace is thrilled to be taking over the town’s Christmas parade, but when the man playing St. Nick breaks his arm, she needs to find a replacement, even if the replacement is unwilling.”
Tim from the Rookie is a grumpy writer who has no interest in moving back home to help out in his father’s business. The lead female does everything she can to get him back in his hometown and seems quite pushy. There’s something about her that I just couldn’t warm to at all.
MARRY ME AT CHRISTMAS (2017) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “A bridal boutique owner, who is deep in the flurry of planning an exquisite Christmas wedding, is unexpectedly swept off her feet by the bride’s brother.”
I watched this for the first time last year and really enjoyed it. The lead female seemed more sure of herself than other Hallmark leading ladies and runs her own business already. She falls for a famous actor, played by Teddy from 90210, whilst planning his little sister’s wedding. He’s insanely good-looking so I don’t blame her!
There will be a part two of these reviews after this 2020 Christmas movie reviews part 1 because I’ve watched so many. Not as many as last year mind (43 was an impossibly high number to reach) but still probably more than the average person!
What Christmas films have you watched this year? Do you fancy watching any from my 2020 Christmas movie reviews part 1 list? Leave a comment below about which ones sound like your cup of tea!