That’s a Wrap!
This took the corny fairytale aspects of the heavily clichéd royal plotline to a new level. It was enjoyable. If you were 10. I checked this out solely because of Brendan Fehr who has had a lot of chemistry with his costars and lots of charisma on his own in the two other movies I have seen in him.
In this one, Jen Lilley plays the head of the New York branch of the royal charity of Veronia. The prince visits one day incognito and they are both secretly smitten. Next thing you know, she is invited to Veronia along with the Dublin head and the Mumbai head to help with the 100th anniversary of the Christmas charity. Little do they know that they are being screened to see which one of these top performers gets the big promotion to the worldwide director of the charity.
I won’t go further into the plot, but rest assured it involves a disapproving Queen, an unwelcome arranged marriage, heartwarming interactions with the peasant children, a cheating rival, a supportive friend, a Gala ball, and a public proposal of marriage despite not even a kiss. That’s all fine. I didn’t expect anything different. However, Jen Lilley and the character she played got on my last nerve. I am usually fairly neutral about her as an actress, but this one really highlighted why she is not a favorite. Her character was so humble and self-effacing she came across as more of a spiritless victim who wouldn’t say boo to a goose than an intelligent capable woman. I can’t really be mean about the actress, because that is the part she was playing, after all. But let’s just say she was perfectly cast. No one can do self-deprecating and shy, with those huge goo-goo eyes, like she can. The character was so kind, so sweet, and so gentle that if I had been the prince I would have wondered what she was up to. At one point her colleague says, “Stop making yourself so small!” Thank-you! In a few scenes, she even comes across as disingenuous. GAC had a strong start this season, but as Hallmark is well aware, you can’t win them all!
November 29, 2021
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I’m getting ready to watch this or as much of it as I can stomach. “But let’s just say she was perfectly cast.” Love it! 🙂 She’s over the top unreal yet she works a lot. Cynical me thinks casting couch, but that can’t be true Harvey’s in prison. If Jane Austen had written 10 more books I wouldn’t currently be having this problem.
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I think many Hallmarkies really like her. She has never appealed much to me.
I’m aware. 🙂 I made 3 minutes and 40 seconds…….it wasn’t coffee, it was gifts, but the principle’s the same!!
Okay, less than a minute in and we learn that there is a country named Valdonia. Somewhere in Europe I’ll betcha. (Kudos to them for coming up with that name….better than the average “ia” country) I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess they’ll speak English. And not just any English but that other Hollywood kind. You know, she can look ethereal even, and it would be fun to see her in a real movie, really working what she’s got. Which very well could be naught. 🙂