As a fan of One Tree Hill, I will always follow the actors of the show. One of them – Jana Kramer, is everywhere and I am definitely not complaining. I love her music, the book that she wrote with her husband is great, and her Instagram aesthetic is super fun.
Like a few actors from the show, Kramer transitioned into doing a lot of holiday movies and her latest one – A Welcome Home Christmas debuted on Lifetime. And it’s not that I hated the movie – I didn’t. It’s not that I loved the movie – I didn’t.
THE STORYLINE WAS GOOD
I do love a good military story. They are my favorite kind of movies – soldiers coming home and finding their way. I think it’s so important to see hope.
Jana plays Chloe, a soldier who has returned home and is now helping others find their way.
During the town’s Army Christmas toy drive, Chloe is paired up with a veteran named Michael, to recruit other veterans and active military personnel to join the cause.
One of the soldiers returning home is having a hard time adjusting and Chloe is there to help him. The two end up working together on the Army Christmas Toy Drive.
There are things in the story that are far fetched, but the truth is – you’re so caught up in Chloe and Michael that you tend to look over other things. But you also find yourself wishing that side stories were developed better.
Because all these characters seems useless, and not furthering the story, or leaving you wanting to know why they are a part of the story.
WHY WERE ALL THE ACTORS ALWAYS SO HAPPY
Look, my main problem with this movie was that it was over acted. Every single actor on this movie overacted to the point that you just didn’t care about anything that they were doing or saying.
They overacted to the point where they take you out of the movie and make you feel like you are watching a bad stage play. They took you out of the movie and into the thought process of “is this shit over yet” feeling.
Jana is one of my favorites, and I will continue to watch what she is in, but I really wished I loved this movie. I expect Christmas movies to be predictable and cheesy, but this one took the cake.
Overall, it was a movie I wanted to love, but the execution of the movie fell short. Like way short. Everyone seeming like they are on happy pills came across as overacting.
And that was a Christmas fail.
A Welcome Home Christmas aired on Lifetime.