The National Tree
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David Kranes' outstanding novel, The National Tree, finds a solid adaptation in this Hallmark production. The essence of the book, a deep and evocative exploration of a father and son relationship, is beautifully captured in the film. The premise, a cross country trip to deliver the National Tree to the President's lawn is well rendered; Andrew McCarthy and Andrew Williams do a superb job. But in an hour and a half, the quirkiness and delight of the novel could not be completely explored. Kranes' characteristic gentle and offbeat humor comes through so much more completely in the book which has become a family Christmas Classic for so many people.
Would recommend to anyone wanting to relax with a "feel good" movie.
Good job done by all!
It's another story about Father/Son relationships. But this is somewhat more realistic because it shows that sometimes Dad can be as wrong as son. And along the way, there is a beautiful lady friend for both to begin to love. Sound to sappy for the men, maybe not. There is the...well, I almost spoiled the viewing by beginning to explain some of the action on the road trip. Andrew McCarthy makes a realistic acting tree farmer dad, and Evan Williams does a good job at being the tech-savvy son. I even learned a new term (vlog)which for much younger folk, will wonder where I've been for years.
My answer to the negative reaction to a teenager who doesn't always listen to his father is, "reality." It's a parent/child reality show. But a bonding takes place and mistakes are made, and forgiven, and life goes on in a better world as a result.
Don't wait for a Christmas season to watch this one, even if the box cover does suggest a holiday film.
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i love xmas and xmas movies -- this one was no exception -- it is now in my permanent collectionPublished 26 days ago by hangerbanger
It's okay, but I thought they copped out and went for a shallow and less thoughtful climax and resolution than they could have. The acting was fine.Published 2 months ago by Explorer