Way back in the day, every week Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman would echo through my home every week. I was never one to understand or even watch the show without being forced to, but I knew one thing.
Jane Seymour was an institution. She’s Dr. Quinn. She was in a Bond movie.
And so now here we are and my Mom is probably rolling over in her grave as I need to ask, what the hell was Jane Seymour thinking. Jane Seymour as Dr. Quinn could hold her head up a little, but her as this character should bow her head in shame. Do better Jane. Lifetime doesn’t deserve you.
Whomever said this movie was worthy of being made – I am not sure what anyone was thinking.
Now A Christmas Spark, at its core, has a good premise. “Recently widowed Molly (Jane Seymour) has lost her zest for life and given up on ever finding love again. But when she decides to visit her daughter for Christmas, she has no idea what holiday magic is in store for her. A former drama teacher, Molly reluctantly takes on the job of directing the town’s Christmas pageant and soon finds herself falling for her leading man, Hank (Joe Lando), the town’s most eligible bachelor. As Molly and the irrepressible Hank fall in love, she rediscovers her inner free spirit and finds a new lease on life. And when the star of the pageant loses her voice moments before the show, it will be up to Molly to step into the spotlight and shine brightly for the first time in her life.”
It’s the execution. We all know that Lifetime is no Hallmark, no matter how much they strive to make their Christmas movies relevant. And it’s arguable that the two can even be compared, because well, one is definitely not like the other. The thing about each though is that they have their audience. We all get that.
And Lifetime – well they apparently are like lets take the ones that only middle America can get into, because they are just woah.
Now, I am all for love at any age. Stella got her groove back and everyone should be able to do that. The basics of this movie is that she does just that. Except like it’s awkward. It feels like one seconds she’s not moving on and the next second she’s like ooh hi annoying hot dude and we don’t mention the husband anymore.
Molly goes from Type A to Type My Hormones Control Me. That’s normally fine – the vag wants what it wants. Go for it. It just feels forced in the movie and that’s the issue with Lifetime Christmas movies, they seem to want to force everything.
So I wonder are they picking scripts from the bottom of the barrel? Or is it that they are just finding bad directors and Z list talent? Which hey, everyone needs to world needs a job so good on someone giving opportunities. But also maybe what they need to do is get a good director and cinematographer.
The whole movie looks like a dark nightmare where you are like please don’t let this be my story. And please, please don’t ever let taffy become a central part of my life.
A Christmas Spark left no spark. It left me wanting two hours of my life back. Even Dr. Quinn couldn’t cure how sick I felt after watching this movie. So yes, I am not even going to waste more time on this movie.
Well except to say don’t watch it. Save yourself.
- Lifetime’s “It’s A Wonderful Lifetime” Review: ‘Record Breaking Christmas’
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- Lifetime’s “It’s A Wonderful Lifetime” Review: ‘A Christmas Spark’