Ever since The Princess Diaries (a childhood favorite), and if I’m being honest, probably before, I have been a fairy-tale movie kind of girl. Furthering that feeling are cute, cozy television productions such as this.
A Royal Christmas (2014) Hallmark TV Film Review
Life for Emily Taylor (Lacey Chabert) is perfect. She’s working with her father at their generational family seamstress business. She has dreams and sketches that could lead to designing. But what’s making her most happy is her dating the greatest guy, Leo James (Stephen Hagan). Things couldn’t be more perfect. After nearly a year of dating, Christmas is nearing and the two of them are looking forward to their first holiday season together. Only Emily’s idea of a quiet, traditional Christmas shatters when Leo tells a secret. He admits that he isn’t just some British guy who came to the States to study. In fact he’s the crown prince of the small kingdom of Cordinia and his mother, Queen Isadora (Jane Seymour) expects his return for Christmas. Emily’s Christmas is suddenly all about manners, ballrooms and meeting the impossible standards of the queen.A Royal Christmas (2014) – Lacey Chabert Stars in Charming Seasonal Romance #FWarchives Click To Tweet
That is the gist of this latest Countdown to Christmas premiere and of the 2014 season, I do believe this one is my favorite to date. It’s sweet, romantic and airs on the side of caution when it comes to clichés. Particularly with the whole breakup-ten-minutes-before-the-credits component. Is there still a separation? Of course, but it’s not as the result of a fight – or worse perceived cheating or lack of love. This alone is enough for me to completely gush over this, even if there isn’t countless other attributes, which let me clarify, there are. Can we just run down a few now – castles, royalty, pretty gowns, and beautiful snowy landscapes. That seems reasons enough to fall head over heels for this festive production.
Bringing this all together is the cast which is quite good. I liked Lacey and Stephen together and in particular respected how their
characters were written. I never doubt that Emily knows that Stephen loves her (which is partially a factor in her later decision) nor do I question that Stephen loves Emily 100% wholeheartedly. Then there is well-known actress, Jane Seymour who adds some fun to the film and in particular her role. There are lots of cute moments with Emily and the servants. This is something that reminds of the film A Princess for Christmas, and of course, there’s an ending worthy of a happy sign.