What would Christmas be without some cheesy Hallmark movies? After posting my part 1, I thought I’d go ahead and post my 2020 Christmas movie reviews part 2 too! They’re just so easy to watch when I’ve been working so I’ve got through a fair few (not as many as last year though).
A CHRISTMAS DUET (2019) ⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “During the chaos of planning a Christmas festival and vying for the Top Winter Lodge Award, an innkeeper rekindles her love of music as well as her love for her former music partner.”
I was so looking forward to this one becuase of the diverse leads but it wasn’t that great. The chemistry between the two leads was pretty good and I really liked the supporting cast. However, the film itself wasn’t good. Even the finale song wasn’t particularly memorable.
SEASON’S GREETINGS (2016) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “Darcy Blake has the perfect job – she works for Harrington House, a successful greeting card company, in the editorial department. Writing heart-felt, meaningful copy for cards is very important to Darcy, especially at Christmas. Everything is about to change when Andrew Harrington arrives at the company to take over from his grandfather and he has a very different view of the holidays.”
I had high hopes for this movie because Laura Bell Bundy stars in it; I was just disappointed that she didn’t get to sing! Again, the storyline was a bit meh but I’ve come to expect it from these Christmas movies! The lead guy is very handsome too!
HOLIDAY DATE (2019) ⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “After a woman’s boyfriend breaks up with her right before the holidays, she agrees to go home with an actor who will pose as her boyfriend.”
This was a good but not great movie. I really enjoyed the cast but wasn’t 100% sold on the leads as a couple. The woman’s family were probably the highlight and watching them add in Hannukah traditions was a real treat. The lead guy was funny without being overbearing too.
A VETERAN’S CHRISTMAS (2018) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “Captain Grace Garland, a decorated US veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When Grace finds herself stranded in the town of River’s Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge Joe Peterson, offers her a place to stay.”
Now this was a fantastic watch. Hope from Chicago Fire meets Detective Holbrook from Pretty Little Liars and they bond over their love of animals. Apparently they’ve been in a movie together before and you can tell that they genuinely enjoy working together. If you cry at dog movies, don’t watch this one.
HOLLY & IVY (2020) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “A contractor helps a woman renovate a house so she can adopt a sick neighbor’s two children.”
With this film, I had high expectations because Jeremy Jordan is one of my favourite people on the planet. It also stars Mona from PLL, who is a great actress. Because they’ve both come from a theatre background, their acting skills are significantly better than most Hallmark movies. I just wish they got to sing as I’d love to hear their voices together!
ONE ROYAL HOLIDAY (2020) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “When Anna offers a stranded mother and son shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself.”
Another movie that I was super excited to see because of its Broadway cast. Aaron Tveit (another fave of mine) and Laura Osnes make a darling couple and have such a great connection. However, the story and script were pretty weak, even though they did make the best of it! If they’d have given them better material to work with, it would’ve got 5 stars!
THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE (2020) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis and patriarch Bill have summoned their two grown sons–Brandon and TV star Mike–home for the holidays. They hope that bringing the family together to recreate The Christmas House will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community.”
A groundbreaking Christmas movie as Hallmark features a gay couple for the first time ever, with actual gay actors playing the roles. I really enjoyed the connection between the family members and it seemed like they all genuinely got on. When Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls and Clay from One Tree Hill are in a film together, you can bet I’m watching it!
A CHRISTMAS MOVIE CHRISTMAS (2019) ⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “Eve is a Christmas movie fanatic and dreams of having a movie-perfect Christmas with a movie-perfect boyfriend. On Christmas Eve, when Eve and her cynical sister Lacy make wishes to Santa, they wake up in Christmas Town and find themselves trapped inside a Christmas movie.”
With Noel and Ian from PLL, I thought this would be a firm favourite. As someone who loves cheesy Christmas movies, I didn’t really enjoy it. Most of the characters are overbearing and annoying so I doubt I’ll watch it again. Next!
CHRISTMAS IN HOMESTEAD ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “One of the most famous actresses in the world heads to the Christmas-obsessed town of Homestead, Iowa, to shoot a holiday-themed movie. She is thrown for a loop when a romance brews between her and local inn keeper and single dad, Matt. As she gets a taste of small-town life, she discovers the true meaning of Christmas.”
I’ve seen this a couple of times now and I love it! It’s all about filming a Christmas movie in a small town and the lead actors have some real chemistry. The star of the show is the innkeeper’s daughter though!
A NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
IMDB: “When her niece is cast in The Philadelphia Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker, a jaded ex-ballerina is forced to come to terms with the life and love she left behind.”
Another rewatch from last year, Charlie from Center Stage is the leading man. For those who don’t know, Center Stage is my all-time favourite film. Despite the lead actress’ below-par ballet technique, the rest of the film is such a treat.
That’s all for this year’s Christmas films but I’m sure I’ll add more to my list next year! My 2020 Christmas movie reviews part 2 was such fun to write, not as fun as watching the movies though!