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Thomas Kinkade presents Christmas Lodge: a place where a heart-warming past and loving future meet for one remarkable group of people. During a weekend trip to the mountains, Mary (Erin Karpluk) finds herself at the now-dilapidated lodge where she spent the holidays with her family growing up. She becomes determined to restore the building to its former glory. Inspired by her grandfather and guided by her grandmother in heaven, Mary throws herself into the project, and during the process finds herself drawn to Jack (Michael Shanks), a handsome man who loves the lodge as much as she does. Historically unlucky in love, this chance encounter allows Mary to renew her faith in life and discover her one true love. For an uplifting story about the importance of faith, family and the true holiday spirit, go to the
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Eventually, a former frequent guest of the lodge returns. Mary hasn't been there since she and Jack were young, but finds it in her heart to try to save the building her family spent so much time in. Can Mary help save the lodge? Will Mary be able to heal the divisions in her family? Does Teal'c, O'Neill, and Carter stop by with a hammer and wrench to help rebuild the deteriorating plumbing? And once everyone else is out of earshot, will they will reminisce about their past adventures and all the times they saved the Earth? Indeed.
This is decent TV movie. If you're a scifi fan, imagining Michael Shanks in some sort of post-SG-1 secret identity reassignment program makes it even better. You can see the Daniel Jackson mannerisms in many scenes and it brought an extra smile to me.
There are no big melodramas going on here. A young woman (Mary) works in the city but truly loves the outdoors. On a hike she rediscovers a forest lodge where she and her family used to go when she was a child. It has now fallen into disrepair because the young man (Michael) who owns it had to be away for years caring for his sick parents. He is a widower with a daughter, who leads Mary to the lodge in the beginning. Mary tries to use her job in urban building preservation and her contractor father and brothers to help restore the lodge.
There are subplots about her boyfriend who'd rather go clubbing in town than walking in the woods, and a grandfather who seems to be at the end of life. Some people have complained that some things come together rather easily in this film, but sometimes they actually do, don't they? It's also nice to see a family that gets along and supports each other in an era when every Christmas movie seems to be centered on a terribly disfunctional family. It's nothing earthshaking, but is a pleasant, mellow film that leaves a good feeling during the holidays.
Secondly, this movie had a good storyline, wasn't too outlandish and actually made me root for the project that the movie centers around. I enjoyed the film and would see it again.
Lastly, there was more diversity in this film than is typical for the Christmas genre, and for that, I thank those involved in the casting and production of the film!
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The film itself has fantastic locations, a nice lodge in the woods is everyone's dream home. A great cast, excellent performances from everyone in the movie and a few good songs performed by Victoria Banks who also co-stars in the film. Definitely well worth watching.
I thought this would take ages to come from Canada but it was really quick and well packaged too!
I'd watched this film last year at Christmas & decided if it came on again I would purchase it, so, obviously, I did.
A good film for anyone who wants to lie back & get into the festive spirit, some may call it corny, but I don't care, I loved it.
This probably won't get watched again in our house