Christmas movies are a wonderful thing. I mean, especially for someone like me, who is a grinch, can’t find Christmas magic, but can seem to find magic in these movies. They let me escape and for that, I am forever grateful.
Tonights Countdown to Christmas movie was Lights, Camera, Christmas which stars Hallmark Channel darlings, John Brotherton and Kimberley Sustad. The premise is simple – well actually kinda meta because of its on the Hallmark Channel. The King of Christmas’s latest movie is being filmed in a small town in Colorado. He’s conceited and self centered, but for some reason, a local shop owner, Kerry, gets under his skin. He wants her to like him, especially after she takes a job being the costumer on set.
See, the costume designer had left the production, because they were offered a movie in Europe at three times the rate. The producer is scrambling and Brad, along with his co-star suggest Kerry’s shop for costumes. The producer buys out her entire store and is calling everyone in Hollywood. But no one is available. Because Kerry did such a good job, he offers her the job full time.
This is a big thing for Kerry, because she loves design. But she’s also never felt like she was good enough, because after one semester at school, she didn’t make the fashion show. Here she is, making choices on the movie, her visions coming to life.
The most excited person over everything is Kerry’s Mom. She’s a Christmas movie superfan and has a huge crush on Brad, The King of Christmas. Kerry may have never seen a Brad movie, but she is intrigued why someone who is famous is paying attention to her.
For the first time in her life, Kerry is feeling seen. She’s feeling as though things are happening for her and she’s excited, but also holding it in. She’s afraid to dream, because that one let down in life has stuck with her.
And who can’t relate to that?
I think sometimes the scariest thing about moving forward in life is overcoming fear. Fear sticks with you, it keeps you alive but it also takes something from you until you choose to face it and face it with everything that you have. No one wants to feel that same sense of dread and anguish that they once felt. No one wants to feel disappointment.
So, do I relate to Kerry? Yes. I do. Because we all go through a point where dreaming again… hell believing again is a big thing. It’s a step forward. It’s a move to be something bigger and something better.
Lights, Camera, Christmas is fun because it feels like we’re being taken behind the scenes of a Hallmark film. It’s one of those movies that just feels fun and reminds you to dream. And who doesn’t dream about a celebrity falling for them?
Don’t even try to lie, cause we all know that we’ve had our crushes.
Brad has fallen for Kerry and it’s evident to everyone. She’s not complaining. She’s loving spending time with him. They have this fun and magnetic banter. Brad and Kerry are supposed to be what keeps your attention and the truth is that they do.
But what’s even more special and a great part of this movie is the scenes that Kerry has with her Mom. Her Mom is just the best and honestly, is a Mom that I love to see. She’s passionate and keeps hope alive, but she also knows how to have fun.
Look, what I think is special is that
is making movies that aren’t like their movies of the past. They are making movies that are progressing with the times. Part of what makes Lights, Camera, Christmas makes different is that it feels like we’re being given a lesson in moving forward and moving mountains.
But it makes you appreciate the movies that we love even more.
But back to the movie and off my drunken rant about life. I an find a lesson in everything, because there is a lesson in everything. Well, there could be one missing in horror movies, but I don’t watch those.
Brad and Kerry are challenging each other. When Kerry applies for a job in New York and gets it, she’s excited. But this excitement is hindered a bit when Brad offers her a job – coming to London with him to work on his upcoming movie. He needs a costumer and he would love for her to come.
He believes in her.
Only the thing is, Brad doesn’t believe in himself.
When the internet questions how well he would do with the role, he drops out of the movie. Only, he didn’t think about Kerry and she had turned down the job in New York. She was rightfully upset and confronts him on his selfishness.
We all know that there moments in time where we act impulsive. There are times where we don’t think about others and we become wrapped up in ourselves. It doesn’t make it right. Doesn’t make it wrong.
Just makes it what is for ourselves, but what it does for others is the hard part.
The crew is set to leave Colorado and the producers tell Kerry that she should move to Los Angeles. They can keep her busy. They’d be honored to have her. I think part of her is better off, because she’s needed to find herself for a long time.
And she does just that. Kerry comes into her own and finds her own way. She finds what she was meant to do.
It’s at the premiere that she finds out that Brad went to London and did the movie. The look of shock on her face, but the way that she still remains professional, kudos. I would have lunged across that stage and smacked him.
But Kerry doesn’t. She accepts what is and goes on with her night.
Until an old Hollywood moment, where he apologizes and they embrace when he tells her that he won’t walk away, he won’t leave.
The metaness, the cheesiness, and the stars of this movie make it amazing. This Hallmark super fan is putting it in the top five of this Countdown to Christmas season and yes, it will take a lot to move it out of that spot.