channel for a while now but more importantly she’s been an actress who has
risen above her childhood career in the spotlight and actually has standards on
top of that.
her mother died, her father closed himself off from the world and his daughter.
The successful business man (Alan Thicke) began traveling and eventually
shipped Stephanie off to boarding school where she realized the only way to see
her father would be to work hard enough to one day join his company. Now, years
later, Stephanie is working with her father at Falcon Resorts and is sent to
assess the recent vacation lodge they just bought in a small Maine town that
houses the beloved Snow Valley family lodge. Determined to be up to the task,
Stephanie finds herself challenged and conflicted when she sees what the place
means to the family who runs it – including the owner’s son, Brady Lewis (Jesse
Hutch), and it’s yearly visitors whose stay is more about warm traditions than
obligatory family vacations.
led me to conclude that Let it Snow was
not likely going to be one of my personal favorite Christmas films. I
underestimated it. Most of the story is similar to several that have come
before it, yet there is a magical charm to this one plus having Candace in it didn’t
inspire a lot of warm fuzzy thoughts – just because I’ve seen her in so many
similar films. Needless to say, I’m pleased to be proven wrong. She was lovely
in the role and the cute chemistry between her and Jesse was pleasant to watch
blossom as was the innocent romance between them and for once the couple stays
together without incident; sure there is some eventual tension, however there’s
not a fight / break up scenario and that is good enough for me.
Channel is their films are always pro-family.
Scripts often deal with some “normal” family heartbreak or discourse, yet they
never fail to find a way to heal those impasses before credit’s roll. That’s an
excellent quality and one we see all too rarely. Beyond that, none of their
films make us reach for the remote or wonder when the next inappropriate scene
was around the corner. Speaking of the production aspects, the locations of
this film are also quite lovely; so much snow-y gorgeousness and pristine
backdrops; several of the scenes
that were most comedic took place out on ski slopes or with the characters
exploring all of the hidden spaces of Snow Lodge so that all lends credibility to
the location and spotlights the “bigness” of the outdoors.
Snow is another charming piece of Christmas fluff. It’s got a great sense
of color (which may sound unimportant but really makes the scenes “pop”) and seasonal décor, something that helps put us in mind of all things Christmas. If you are fans of the sweet gems of
Christmas-time flicks, then be sure to catch a showing of Let it Snow – it’s one you may enjoy repeat viewings of. Have a peek at the trailer: