Back in February, when I published my Word on the Street story about Marrying Father Christmas going into production, I never thought it would be as successful as it ended up being. As of November 2018, this Word on the Street post has received 2 likes and 303 views! Since my readers are, apparently, interested in this film, I have decided to write a review for Marrying Father Christmas! Before this movie premiered on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, I had seen Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas. I found both of these movies to be really enjoyable! When Hallmark announced that this series would receive a third film, I was definitely excited to see it. Did this movie live up to my expectations? Take a sleigh ride through my Marrying Father Christmas review in order to find out!
Things I liked about the film:
The acting: I thought the cast was solid in Marrying Father Christmas! From the child actors to the leading stars, everyone put all the talent they had into their respective roles! All of the performances in this movie appeared so natural, that it made the characters and their situations seem realistic. Because of the believability of the performances, every time characters interacted with one another made it seem like there were real-life conversations going on in the film. These performances helped elevate the emotion during dramatic scenes and bring in joy and humor when it was needed for light-hearted scenes.
The on-screen chemistry: One of the best parts of the Father Christmas series has been watching Miranda and Ian’s relationship grow over time. What makes this part of the series great is the on-screen chemistry between Erin Krakow and Niall Matter. Their performances appeared so natural and believable, that it looked and felt like Miranda and Ian truly got along with and cared about each other. Erin’s and Niall’s performance helped make the scene of Miranda and Ian’s wedding special, as the moment where Miranda and Ian exchanged their wedding vows was emotional and heart-felt.
The reveal of Miranda’s wedding dress: In wedding themed Hallmark movies, the audience is, usually, given the opportunity to see the bride wearing her wedding dress before the groom. In Marrying Father Christmas, however, Miranda’s wedding dress wasn’t revealed until the day of her wedding. I thought this creative choice was very clever, as I can’t recall Hallmark ever having a bride not reveal her wedding dress until the wedding itself. In terms of the dress, I thought it was simple yet classy. I also thought that Erin looked beautiful wearing that particular wedding dress!
What I didn’t like about the film:
A slower pace: In Marrying Father Christmas, the pace was on the slower side. It didn’t make the movie boring or dull. However, it did make the movie as a whole feel more drawn out.
The omission of the plot from Kissing Father Christmas: In my Word on the Street post where I talked about Marrying Father Christmas going into production, I wondered if the story from Kissing Father Christmas, the third book in the Father Christmas series, would be omitted from Marrying Father Christmas or if it would be included as a subplot. Sadly, this story was omitted from the movie. This made me feel bad for the fans of this book series, as this movie didn’t seem to follow the continuity of that specific series.
Some characters getting stronger subplots than others: While watching Marrying Father Christmas, I noticed that some plots were stronger than others. For instance, the subplot of Thomas and Margaret’s relationship was good. However, it wasn’t as strong as the subplot of Miranda trying to refuse Margaret’s plans for the wedding, for example. This caused the movie to not have the same amount of consistency as the other two movies.
My overall impression:
While Marrying Father Christmas was a good movie, I don’t think it was as strong as Finding and Engaging Father Christmas. Despite this, I would still like to see this story continue. As a whole, I enjoy this series. The quality has been, for the most part, consistent and they have been a joy to watch. Father Christmas is a special series that has brought some great acting, good stories, and wonderful memories. Just like Christmas at Pemberley Manor, Marrying Father Christmas was a good start to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “Miracles of Christmas” line-up! It’ll be interesting to see which movie from this particular line-up ends up being my favorite.
Overall score: 7.9 out of 10
Have you seen the Father Christmas series? Do you want to see this series continue? Share your thoughts in the comment section!
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