Christmas in Angel Falls

Angels “R” Us

Rachel Boston is a hit or miss for me. In some movies her boundless cheer and energy is welcome and refreshing. In some it is just tiring and overdone. In this one it was the latter. Full disclosure. I dozed off in the middle, So probably just saw about half of this one all told.

Rachel, who plays an angel, kept raising her (very long) arms in the air as if spreading her wings when ever she had a triumph or ecstatic moment. It got to be laughable. Yeah, we saw what you did there, Rachel. Very clever. The first couple of times.

There were too many unanswered questions. When it was decided (spoiler alert!) that she was going to stay on earth as a human and give up her angel status after she found true love, How exactly was she going to navigate that? Is she going to tell her fireman-boyfriend? What about her former life before she died? What if she meets someone who used to know her? What will she remember? The fact of the matter is, In literature and movies, Angels can’t become human again. This just does not happen!

The leading man was fine and Beau Bridges added a lot and looked great. And that actress who played Alice Lake, Bayley Corman, is a dead ringer for Keira Knightly.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

January 6, 2019

My Favorite Wedding

This One Succeeds due to Maggie Lawson and Paul Greene

I enjoyed this one and was going to review it long ago after I first saw it, but it was not yet available on IMDb. This movie follows the usual pattern: Competent and no nonsense woman saddled with a guy who takes her for granted attends a wedding and meets the laid back best man. Sparks fly after the usual friction between the two, and then the original boyfriend appears out of nowhere. Add to this a bridezilla (surprise surprise.) What sets this one apart is Maggie Lawson. She adds brightness and nice comic timing. I enjoyed seeing her again after Psych. Paul Greene is one of my more favorite male Hallmark regulars, and the two play off each other very well. I am hoping Hallmark will have Maggie back soon. **8 stars out of 10**

July 15, 2017

A Christmas Detour

On the Road Again

A high-strung writer gets hooked up with an irreverent laid back fellow and a seemingly happily married couple on the way to visit their families on Christmas. They are thrown together when a snowstorm cancels their flight and they decide to share an automobile to get to their destinations. The Candace Cameron character is traveling to the Hamptons to meet her fiancée’s family for the first time. It is a road movie in which romance blossoms, true character is revealed, and secrets are uncovered. The fiancé and his parents are deliciously evil, Cameron-Bure, while always reliable, is quite likable and funny, and the married couple and the hero are well played, interesting, and nice to look at.

What I really want to address, and this movie is a perfect example, is Hallmark’s penchant for casting 40 year-olds in the roles of 20 or early thirty-year-olds. Aren’t there any promising young actors and actresses out there?. I am tired of seeing the same faces over and over. It is particularly absurd in this one. The older experienced couple who have a 20-year relationship and a daughter old enough to have a beautiful old home, are played by actors who are the same age, if not younger, than the couple they are meant to be mentoring! **8 out of 10 stars**

Rating: 4 out of 5.

December 1, 2015