Candace Cameron Bure has been a popular name on the Hallmark 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.
Let it Snow (2013) Hallmark TV Film Review
Christmas means very little to Stephanie Beck (Bure). After her mother died, her father closed himself off from the world and his daughter. The successful business man (Alan Thicke) begins traveling and eventually ships Stephanie off to boarding school. This is when she realizes the only way to see her father is to work hard enough to one day join his company. Now, years later, Stephanie is working with her father at Falcon Resorts. Her recent assignment is the 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.
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Just reading about this one would have me conclude that Let it Snow isn’t likely going to be a favorite Christmas film. I underestimate it. Most of the story is similar to several that have come before it, yet there is a magical charm. Also because I’ve seen Candace is so many of these, seeing her as the headliner didn’t endear this. Needless to say, I’m happy to be wrong. She’s lovely in the role and the cute chemistry between her and Jesse is fun to watch, and for once the couple stays together without incident; sure there is some eventual tension, however there’s not a break up scenario!!
What I respect, love and enjoy so well about the Hallmark Channel is their films are always pro-family. Scripts often deal with some “normal” family discourse, yet they never fail to find a way to heal, too. That’s an excellent quality and one we see all too rarely. 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 are funniest take place out on ski slopes or with the characters exploring Snow Lodge. All of this gives credibility to the location and spotlights the “bigness” of the outdoors.
All in all, Let it 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. If you’re 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.