Banner 4th of July: When the Way of Music Heals

July 11, 2014 5 Comments

When there’s a good story to be told, I confess, I like familial dramas. Sometimes the reasons behind the rivalry that keeps a family – or in this case, more specifically, siblings apart, is  actually a good enough reason (we all know sometimes the reasons can be exaggerated at times) and with this one, I bought it, which makes this sweet, festive TV film a nice rainy night sort of movie to curl up with.

Banner 4th of July (2013) Hallmark TV Movie Review

The Banner siblings once had the world at their fingertips. Their one-night hometown show during an annual fourth of July festival placed them in the spotlight as superstars. This meant the greater part of their teenage years consisted of playing shows and cutting records. Now, years later, everything is different.

Mitchell Banner (Christian Campbell) is finally calling his sister… only he doesn’t want to reconnect with Desiree (Brooke White) by choice, instead it’s on behalf of their older brother, Johnny (Michael Barbuto). Johnny is still living in their small hometown, and in the aftermath of their mother’s, Rosalind (Mercedes Ruehl), health scare, he wants everyone to come home. If only it were that simple…

There are some especially great moments in this film. I had it a couple weeks prior to the July 4th holiday, but then forgot about it. Only to turn around and conveniently remember it in time to watch it on its celebrated holiday. Needless to say, it’s the perfect 90 minutes to cap off a good holiday. I like a lot about it, not the least of which is the interaction between siblings. Sometimes the acting does come across a tiny bit stilted, overall it seems a“natural” progression of events, feelings and resentment for the other person; usually because no one wants to take the blame for the reasons why they don’t speak any more.

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Banner 4th of July Hallmark

As a family film, this title (also titled Star Spangled Banners and more recently A Family Reunion) is really good for its status. Some viewers may be disappointed in the reason why they reconnect; or more specifically how they reunite, but it didn’t long-term affect the enjoyment. Not only will fans of Hallmark probably enjoy this, music lovers should as well. There are some cool songs that help to tell a story, and best of all, they’re written and recorded by the stars; something that lends authenticity to the production.

In addition to the main cast, which consists of a country music singer (White), there is also a cute subplot involving a secondary character who Kristin Booth plays, and any diehard fan will recognize her from Signed, Sealed, Delivered. She plays a sassy local though the hair color may throw you just a bit. Anyone who wants Hallmark’s signature “romantic comedy” status quo won’t find it here as that focus shifts to let the siblings and the healing of their relationship take center stage. For this type of story, I like that. It’s better for the narrative, and allows us to read into what the future will hold without feeling like anything is rushed to conclusion. Plus, the ending is darling – and proof that not all of the people who move away make decisions to suddenly leave behind their big-city life (like, is that a crime??) to move home.

Independence Day may have come and gone for 2014, but let’s face it, it’s never out of season to celebrate America.

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Interested? Find the film digitally on Amazon Instant Video, on DVD or recently on Hallmark Movies Now (as A Family Reunion).

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  • Jillian July 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    This review definitely peaked my interest. I do love great music in movies and I'm a big country music fan. This sounds like such a sweet Hallmark film. Great review, Rissi!

    Also, I don't think you do these types of things on your blog but I wanted to let you know I awarded you the Sunshine Award:

    • Rissi July 11, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Same here, Jillian, I am a total country music fan; and this movie is reminiscent of something like The Band Perry if you like their music. Thanks for reading – and I hope you enjoy this. :)

      THANK YOU! I'm honored to be one of your picks for the Sunshine award. I do participate, but usually, I just answer the questions with my thanks/link to the nominating the blogger leaves because, well, whenever I nominate bloggers they either aren't interested or they've recently been nominated by fellow bloggers. Since I put work into choosing bloggers, I tend to skip passing it on – even though I think ALL of my readers deserve it. :)

  • Net, the Movie Blogger July 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Love your review on this one, Rissi! I agree, it is a darling movie! Definitely one anyone can enjoy… whether the sun's up or the sun's down!!! : )

    • Rissi July 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Hi, Net! Thank you for the kind words and for reading. I had bunches of fun with this review and of course, enjoyed the fact that it was a July 4th movie that I watched on the holiday. :) And yes! Well said. Love how you worked that in. ;)

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