Like a lot of people, I tuned in yesterday for the premiere of Wedding March 3: Here Comes the Bride! After having enjoyed the first two films in the series, I was excited to see how the story would progress for these cherished characters. With new faces and a Valentine backdrop, this movie definitely had potential. Returning the story to our favorite Inn was like coming back home after a long vacation. So, without further “I do”, here is my review for Wedding March 3: Here Comes the Bride!
Things I liked about the film:
- The acting: The cast, overall, was good in this movie. Jack Wagner’s comedic timing was spot-on! It provided the right amount of comic relief that the film needed. Gabrielle Miller’s performance was one of the most memorable parts of this film! After seeing her appear in Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas, Garage Sale Mystery: Murder by Text, Adventures in Babysitting (2016), and on the Good Witch television show, I was so happy when I found out Gabrielle Miller was cast in this movie! The scene where Bonnie was thanking everyone for inviting her to the Inn convinced me that Gabrielle Miller deserves a leading role in a Hallmark film.
- Sean’s storyline: I’m not going to spoil anything if you haven’t seen the film, but I thought the subplot surrounding Peter Benson’s character, Sean, was very well written! I was not expecting a mystery in this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. It was not only engaging, but it left me guessing until the “reveal”.
- The scenery: I’m glad that the creative team behind this movie was able to film it at the same location as the first two movies. The house itself and everything surrounding it are just beautiful! They fit the tone and atmosphere that the series is always trying to go for!
What I didn’t like about the film:
- The pace: The pace of this movie was a bit slower than the previous films. Because of this, some scenes felt longer than they were intended to be.
- Lack of storyline for Nora and Johnny: When Susan Hogan and Serge Houde’s characters, Nora and Johnny, came to the Inn, I was hoping that Johnny would propose to Nora on Valentine’s Day, with their wedding taking place in the next movie. But, unfortunately, none of this happened. It felt like the characters of Nora and Johnny were just there for the sake of being there. Those two characters could have been written out of this movie and it wouldn’t have made a difference.
- The planning-a-wedding-in-an-unrealistic-time-period cliché: I don’t know why Hallmark is so infatuated with this particular plot, but they’ve incorporated it into a number of their productions. If I got a piece of candy for every time Hallmark used this plot in their movies and shows, I would have more candy than a trick-or-treater on Halloween.
My overall impression:
Despite its minor issues, Wedding March 3: Here Comes the Bride was a good continuation to the series. This movie was well-written and well-crafted. I saw during the commercial break that there is a fourth movie on the way this June! Where the story goes is something that does make me curious. I’m definitely looking forward to it and will review the film here at 18 Cinema Lane!
Overall score: 7.8-7.9 out of 10
Have you seen the newest Wedding March movie? If so, what are your thoughts? Jump into the comment section and share what you think.
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