Some Christmas movies are must watch and some are just catch it if you need something to watch. Christmas at the Plaza is a must watch for me. A Christmas Duet, not so much.
Christmas Duet had potential, but when you get down to it – it is a poorly executed story that starts out with so much potential.
Former pop music duo – and former couple – Averie and Jesse reunite at Averie’s inn during the holidays. As they spend time together preparing for the Christmas festival Averie is hosting at her inn, they rediscover long buried feelings and notice the creative spark each one lights in the other. While Averie balances planning the festival and trying to impress a hotel critic, Jesse sees what life with Averie would look like, possibly revealing a dream he never knew he had. As Christmas approaches, the two must
decide if they are meant to live their lives solo or in harmony together.
See – potential.
But where does it fall short? A weak script with cheesy lines. But where does it keep you entertained? It’s Christmas. And Christmas movies are everything.
So yes, even though it’s not my favorite, I can find the joy in most Christmas movies. And here’s the joy in this one.
FRIENDS TO ENEMIES TO FRIENDS TO LOVE
I love a good friends to enemies over misunderstandings and shit that shouldn’t be the way it is. They want to be together, but don’t know how to be together, and so instead their lives take them on different paths.
But they find their paths crossing again, because that’s what happens. Of course you end up crossing paths in the same town, where you don’t expect to see the person that broke your heart years ago.
I love seeing people on a journey and finding ways to overcome their past and find strength in love and relationships again.
And I love seeing the misunderstanding that makes you think that they are going to be apart forever, but they will overcome it. You know that they will. It’s just a matter of time.
SMALL TOWN, NEW LIFE
Why is it that everyone who leaves a music duo ends up in a small town, owning one of two things – a bed and breakfast or a restaurant? Is that what people like to spend their money on?
The liability alone would be enough for me not to do that. That and the fact that I’d have to deal with people.
Former pop stars and one hit wonders always seem to find their peace in a small town. I mean, personally, I’d get lost in a big city. But I do love that you know that in these movies, they will find their way back to the person they are meant to be with.
And if they don’t – it is probably not the person that they are supposed to be with.
TROPES AND MORE TROPES
Christmas movies are a formula and I don’t mind the formula. Tropes are part of the fun in story telling. Sometimes I think that the tropeyness of Christmas movies is part of the reason that I love Christmas movies so much. But the thing is – I am okay with that.
Tropes are in every story and every has the ones they love. The thing with Christmas Duet was that there were a lot, but it was in an attempt to be original (at least that is what it felt like they were attempting), but it didn’t work.
But I was willing to overlook that in the spirit of the holidays.