Angel of Christmas
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Based on the popular novel by Jane Maas, "Angel Of Christmas" follows Susan Nicholas, a newspaper writer whose boss has given her three weeks to write a holiday story about her great grandfather and the angel he carved as a young man. As the days countdown to her Christmas Eve deadline, Susan finds herself being courted by two very different men as she unravels the details of a romantic triangle from her grandfathers' life. In the end, both the past and the present will lead back to the Angel of Christmas.
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The problem for Susan is that there is very little information available about this time period in Owen's life. She becomes challenged to investigate and find out what happened and why the couple did not work out.
While she is working through her article, Susan is confronted with two men who are vying for her attention. Her co-worker, Derrick, is a very self-assured marketer who has goals in life and who, apparently, has decided that Susan meets one. The other man, Brady, is an artist who wants to help Susan find her Christmas spirit once again.
Susan has been more than slightly bah-humbug about Christmas after her boyfriend left her on Christmas Eve two years before. To add insult to injury, he left her for their mutual yoga teacher. Susan not only has to finish her article but also to find herself and discover what she wants rather than allowing her life to be controlled by someone who left her for someone else.
Along with the modern story, we see back flashes of the time in which Owen lived and how his relationship with the young actress bloomed and what happened afterward. There is also a subplot story of how the handmade angel has influenced the love life of Susan's family for almost 100 years.
The chemistry between Susan (Jennifer Finnigan) and Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) is wonderful. I was really marvelous to see Ms. Finnigan again. I enjoyed her tremendously in the short-lived television serise “Better With You”. I've also been a fan of Mr. Scarfe throughout the years and watching him on “Raising the Bar”.
It was a real treat to see both of these actors in a movie together. They brought humor and warmth to a very believable growing relationship. Their repartee was enlivening and made me laugh throughout the entire movie. Their relationship started with humor and it worked throughout the entire movie. Certainly this is a movie I will watch again and again in the future.
Obviously, I bunch of other people liked this movie a whole lot more than I did, so only you can be the judge, but honestly, I'd advise skipping it!
See, Susan aspires to be a writer for her paper, except her hard-nosed editor Yvette (Holly Robinson-Peete) has shot down each story she's pitched. And yet Yvette is willing to give her her big break, but only if Susan can come up with an amazing, authentic, personal holiday piece. Susan assures her, "I live for Christmas. I'm the Queen of Christmas!" That right there was a bunch of crock.
Since this is a Hallmark holiday movie, there must be an abundance of sap, what the millennials refer to as "the feels." (They may even throw in a hashtag.) And so we watch and we wait for Susan to resuscitate her yuletide spirit. Dumped two Christmases ago? Well, today, she's holding it down in the romantic front, what with being courted by her successful (but obnoxious) colleague (Tahmoh Penikett) and by this unkempt artist/asst. gallery manager (Jonathan Scarfe) she keeps running into.
Susan's three-week deadline is coming up fast. She'd settled on dishing the behind-the-scenes dirt on her much ballyhooed family heirloom, the wooden Christmas Angel her great-grandfather had carved as a gift for that stage actress. The carving is purported to have magical properties, that it's the next best thing to a matchmaker. There's a lot of missing pieces to this family folklore. Her great-grandpa didn't much talk about it, making the element of mystery that much more tantalizing. Susan is having trouble tracking down that elusive stage actress, let alone find a proper ending to the story, which her editor says is a must. As she cracks down on her daunting research, Susan is helped by tagalong Brady, that artist/asst. gallery manager guy. Brady always seems to have some sort of paint on his face, not that that's important but it does lend the guy a sort of character flourish. So, hey, what are the odds that Susan, Ms. Holiday Grinch, somewhere along the way, stumbles across the true meaning of Christmas?
Angel of Christmas is a Hallmark offering from 2015 and the final entry in the network's inaugural 5 Night Thanksgiving Movie Event, a small screen tradition I'm totally on board with. Hallmark did it again with this one. It's pure hokum and lightweight and very improbable, but it perfectly suits the holiday season. Where do they keep finding these lead actresses? Jennifer Finnigan is another one I'd never heard of or seen on anything, but she hooks you in as Susan. Heck, even the actress (Christie Laing?) who plays Susan's hot best friend Hayley (from the Creative Dept.) leaves an engaging impression. Jonathan Scarfe is a charming, good-looking dude with a nice smile and the kind of deep, soap opera voice that dudes who don't have deep, soap opera voices automatically resent him for. Scarfe and Finnigan make a cute couple. They make the best out of the generic romance the plot drops on them. It's also a movie that delivers juuuuust a whiff of magic, but not so in-your-face that you're jarred out of the story. If you get a chance, pass the time with Angel of Christmas. There's nothing in it that'll change your life. What it is, is comfort viewing. It leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy. It'll make you smile and not be embarrassed to make eye contact with your kids or your parents if they're watching it with you. It may even make you go out and learn to carve things out of wood. Or is that expecting too much?
Her, slanted, bad attitude almost ruined EVERYTHING! It's a MIRACLE that the guy had
ANY interest in such an annoying character. Love IS blind though, right?. She's p-r-e-t-t-y !