Both Ashley Greene and Brendan Penny have hit and miss filmographies, which is true with most Hallmark regulars when it comes to talking about Penny, but when they are given at least worthwhile material they've proven they can be good. It was proven with Greene with 'Christmas on My Mind' and when Penny has the right leading lady (it's been very mixed in this regard) the result can be lovely. Hallmark have varied massively when it comes to their Christmas films, but have been pleasantly surprised by some of those from 2020.
'A Little Christmas Charm'/'The Christmas Bracelet' on the whole is one of those films. One would not think so when watching the first 25-30 minutes, which did very nearly make me change the channel, but in my mind it is worth sticking with. As it does get a lot better in every aspect despite still not being perfect. This bracelet is a little rough around the edges, but it also has a lot of charm and worth hunting down if willing with stay with it.
Like has already been said, the film doesn't start off too good. It is a slow starter in pace, has awkward dialogue and Greg was not a character that was easy to connect with. Too much of a creep and his behaviour towards her veered on stalking.
Sadly am also going to have to agree with those that have strongly criticised the gender reveal, which is not just heavily unrealistic it feels out of place and distasteful. Would have liked more development to the romance.
Greene however is a very endearing charmer as the more consistently likeable character and it was easy to connect with her. Once Greg relaxes as a character and softens, Penny is subtly appealing and liked his easy going charisma, just really wish that he had that right at the very start. Their chemistry is natural and genuine and the characters are not stereotypical ciphers, too perfect and Greg in the first act was the one offender when it came to overdone character flaws. The supporting cast are solid.
Furthermore, the film pleases visually, lovely festive locations attractively and never drably or garishly shot. The music isn't as intrusive as it tends to be with Hallmark while the direction gets the job done well. The script doesn't get too cheesy or sentimental and does have a more natural flow when it becomes more settled. The story is not too heavy while taking itself seriously and is both warm-hearted and has a light touch when necessary.
In summary, good but not great. Don't let the underwhelming first act put you off. 7/10.
The Charm Bracelet
The Charm Bracelet
Holly Hayes works in her best friend Megan Snyder's Greenwich Village vintage clothing shop, while she designs jewelry on the side, that love and knowledge of jewelry something she learned from her jewelry store owner father, Sam Hayes. When Holly discovers a high end charm bracelet in the pocket of a coat donated to the store, Holly is certain that the bracelet, with many of the charms Christmas themed, was donated in error and goes on a mission to discover its owner to be able to return the bracelet hopefully before Christmas a few weeks away. Greg Matthews, a reporter for The Voice, a proverbial "fluff" magazine, wants to assist Holly in this task as he wants to use Holly as the subject for his assigned "Christmas Hero" story. Greg used to be an investigative reporter, a career he abandoned when he got fleeced on a story that took eight months of his life, the story which almost ruined the life of its subject. Holly, who earlier rebuffed Greg's personal advances in their initial chance meeting, initially resists his help in knowing both that Christmas and the actual bracelet mean nothing to him personally beyond the story, but eventually welcomes his help in coming to the realization that she has hit a wall in her own search. Despite Holly's stipulation that there is to be no personal interaction between the two in accepting Greg's help, the two start to fall for each other. The problem becomes whether their personal connection is predicated on success in their professional connection, which for Greg has the added deadline of December 23rd in a story for his Editor, Sheyla Green, who has reserved the magazine cover for this story. —Huggo
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December 04, 2021 at 05:44 PM