Good Concept but no Depth-should Have been a Two or Three Parter.
I tried to read the book years ago, but I just couldn’t get into it. Probably because I was too used to reading the author, Julie Garwood’s medieval romances. My point is that my rating has nothing to do with what a disappointment the movie was compared to the book. The bottom line is that they tried to do too much in two hours. The story was just too big. It needed four hours minimum. Too many characters, too many plot points, too much time elapsing, etc. It ended up being too choppy and just skimmed the surface leaving the viewer uninvested in the characters or the happenings. At least 4 or 5 of the short scenes could have been made into movies by themselves. this was a Hallmark Hall of Fame production as opposed to just a Hallmark movie of recent years. Fun Fact: this was Vera Farmiga’s first role.
One thing for sure: I might give Julie Garwoods original novel, For the Roses, another try!
March 11, 2021