One Starry Christmas (2014) – Celestial and Country Cowboy Form Christmas Romance

November 1, 2014 12 Comments

We all love a good “once upon a time…” story. One network consistently gives this to us; the Hallmark Channel. ‘Starry’ ushers in the first in a string of 12 all-new movies in the 2014 Countdown to Christmas campaign, and doesn’t shy away from plenty of fairy tale-esque moments.

One Starry Christmas

One Starry Christmas (2014) Hallmark Review

This first original is a story about a woman named Holly (Sarah Carter), who has just graduated with a doctorate in astronomy. Her aspiration is to someday teach. Her grand Christmas plans – which include making new traditions with her longtime boyfriend Adam, go array when he leaves their home in Chicago to fly to New York hoping to land a client.

This forces Holly to follow Adam to New York where she makes plans to surprise him, and be with her parent’s for the holidays. Along the way, she meets a charming cowboy named Luke (Damon Runyan) on his way to, what else, an actual rodeo!

It’s nice to see some movies can give us all the trimmings of the season’s normalcy along with the healthy dose of romance (even if it is full of, and I say this with love, well-worn sentiments – we know that’s why we heart these movies and we love it), and still be a story with a voice all its own. As far as this title is concerned there are two things I really enjoy about this one. The first being that though this is a girl-returns-home script, it not the typical “small town” kind of homecoming. (In future, may I just give this note to writers: living in the city isn’t bad and we could use more city-heavy stories.)

TV MOVIE REVIEW | Christmas Joy – Sparkles and Sweet Cookies

Within these confines, for those of us who do enjoy the smaller-setting, the sets do lend a cozier feel to the big city, which is nice – in particular, the sequence that has Holly and Luke spending the day together is very reminiscent of a smaller setting without actually being a small town. There is a sense of holiday nostalgia because of this.

Following that up is the cuteness of having a cowboy as the leading man and the travelling sequence, which is seriously adorbs. The script for the scene is especially cute, and I like the true gentleman vibes the character embodies in these moments. The end wanders into some stereotypical, “silly” fairy tale fluff, but it’s also perfectly appropriate. As films in the genre go, this one is a darling way to kick off the season. It’s better than anticipated and is sure to get you into the spirit of the season, which is just what any Christmas movie should do.

About Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

All posts

12 Comments

  • Anonymous November 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for reviewing this movie…I have been looking forward to watching it for over a month!! Unfortunately, it's still not available on the internet where I am, but hopefully soon. And when I do, I am coming back to share my much more informed impressions…but until then:

    The first reason this movie sky-rocked to top place on my most-anticipated Hallmark Christmas Countdown list as soon as I read it was the story; I mean, giving the woman protagonist such a unique (and awesome) job as an astrologist, and then having the love interest be a cowboy (and a very attractive one at that) she meets on the bus on the way home for Christmas…it's like this movie was tailor-made for me!! And then I watched the trailer, which sold me on it even more (though I was a bit taken aback to discover as I was watching Midnight Masquerade (not my favourite Hallmark, to be honest) that the guy who plays the most mean evil son, Emmett, in that is the same one who plays Luke in this!).

    Bottom line: thank you for confirming to me even more how much I am going to love this movie, even with (or maybe because of) the 'silly' fairy-tale fluff; when it comes to Hallmark, I wouldn't expect anything less.

    Oh, and the other film I am more than abnormally excited about is The Nine Lives of Christmas, which I believe is to be the next one broadcasted; please tell me you'll be reviewing it?

    God Bless
    Eleanor Rose

    • Rissi November 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Wonderful. I'll look forward to your thoughts, Eleanor – this one was certainly darling despite the ending getting a tiny big unrealistic, over-the-top. Still…. I really liked it and would buy the DVD if ever it was released. :)

      Bummer. I'm sorry you don't love Midnight Masquerade; I recently finished it and thought it was sweet albeit not a lot of good development in terms of the romance. Beyond that, it's a cute movie. As for this film – YES! I so agree – the clichés aren't as bad because of the "twists" in the story and that's nice. You'll like Luke or I'm pretty sure you will – he's one cute cowboy and of course, I liked the idea of him being a cowboy as well.

      Same here – I go into a Hallmark expecting it to be silly fluff (of the best kind) so that's what I come away with and love it each time. I hope you're not disappointed by One Starry Christmas and will look forward to your thoughts regardless.

      As for "Nine Lives," I haven't decided yet whether or not I'll review it early. It's coming to DVD this year (yay!) so I may just wait or I may give in to my curiosity because, the hero is a fireman! ;)

      Always good to chat with you.

    • Anonymous November 3, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      I've always thought the mark of a truly good film is if it makes you want to watch it again so many times, you just have to buy it on DVD! When it comes to Moonlight Masquerade, I guess I was just expecting more from it than it ended up giving, especially in the romantic development department, which you pointed out. I really did enjoy the main character though, my favourite parts the scenes he has with his sister, co-workers, and niece…it's just a bummer I didn't enjoy his interactions with the person he ends up marrying WAY too soon as much.

      The fact that the main guy in 'Nine Lives' is a fireman is definitely one of the big draws, I will agree, not to mention that the trailer makes it look super cute! However, there is also the factor that actor who plays him, Brandon Routh, was Superman in Superman Returns, Daniel Shaw on Chuck, and most recently stars in Arrow as the future Atom and Oliver's current love rival for Felicity!

      God Bless
      Eleanor Rose

    • Rissi November 4, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Wise words. That is the sign of a great movie, Eleanor. I confess, I bought nearly any Hallmark film that came to DVD, now I'm able to screen that a bit more and that's good. As regards Moonlight Masquerade, I agree with your points. It was weaker than I'd have like and that's a bummer. Plus, I have liked Autumn in what I've seen her in.

      For sure, the fireman aspect is a draw. It does look cute – and if all goes well, I should have something up about it this weekend. Seeing Brandon in something again will be fun but oh no! Not a rival for Felicity – man, I so like her and Oliver together even if they're not really together. ;)

    • Anonymous November 11, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Ok, so how unfair is it that there are no cowboy's like Luke in the real world?! Yes, I finally watched it and, as I knew I would, I fell hook, line, and sinker in love with this film. I literally didn't want to fast-forward a single moment, and you know they've done something right when they make even the most cliched lines sound beautiful and believable.

      My favourite part is, of course, the ending, but I also LOVED their day in the city, and their first conversation on the bus, and pretty much any Luke and Holly scene really. I also enjoyed the parts where we got to see the sweet relationship between Holly's parents, and Bull and Luke, when he's giving him advice near the end. However, aside from all that awesome stuff, this movie also gave me my new favourite song, The Ballad of Wild Bill, which I am seriously considering buying online.

      Now, about Felicity and Oliver…to be honest, I was actually all for Oliver to be with Laurel for quite a while. The chemistry between them in the first season was just off the charts. However, the achingly intense build-up between Felicity and him over the last season has pretty much blown his connection with Laurel to smithereens. He needs someone who can help put things in perspective, and make him smile. I'm hoping that fingers crossed, Brandon's character is just a temporary obstacle to help Oliver get off his butt and do something about his feelings for Felicity.

      God Bless
      Eleanor Rose

    • Rissi November 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      I agree – you took the words right out of my mouth, Eleanor. Like, really!? Why don't we meet real-life Luke's? :)

      YES! Aside from a couple over-the-top instances, I thought this one was less cliché than some of their past productions and I loved that. Their banter while travelling was fabulous as was their shopping day; so much cuteness. Aw, how fun! It's cool when you are introduced to new music or the like in movies/TV shows. :)

      Nothing wrong with rooting for Laurel and Oliver. It's not that I don't like Laurel, I suppose I just loved Felicity as a person better – she's just too cute, really. I like your theory for Brandon! I hope he is merely the reason Oliver finally realizes he cannot protect Felicity from EVERYTHING. Ugh. Silly guy. Right now I'm watching The Flash and am way behind on Arrow, but I'm keeping up by reading spoilers. ;)

  • Missie November 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    This looks so cute – hopefully it will be on Hulu or Netflix soon :)
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    • Rissi November 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      I hope so too, Missie; it's just a good, cozy kind of Christmas movie! :)

  • Anonymous November 10, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Anyone know when the dvd will be released for One Starry Christmas? Loved this movie!

    • Rissi November 10, 2014 at 4:07 AM

      As of now, there has been no release date set. I suspect at the earliest this one won't arrive to DVD until Christmas 2015. Glad to know it's a favorite – it IS darling!

  • Anonymous January 8, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    I have been looking for this movie and I can't locate it. I can't wait to buy the DVD. Anyone else find the movie yet?

    • Rissi January 8, 2015 at 12:51 AM

      At best, you likely won't find this on DVD until this 2015 upcoming Christmas season. :)

    Leave a Reply

    (Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)

    Bonjour and Welcome!

    Welcome | thank you for visiting and reading. if you like, you are invited to join our conversations and follow along – join us.  You’re most welcome.
    Read more about Finding Wonderland

    ps: please excuse the “disorder.” you can read more about Finding Wonderland’s changes, new follow options and why archive posts are a mess in my “Disorder + Feedback” post!

    Finding Wonderland Elsewhere!

    Finding Wonderland in your Inbox!

    Subscribe! Have Finding Wonderland's new content sent to your inbox; sign up for our once (or twice) monthly round up of new content. If you'd like to have this newsletter sent to your inbox, you can enter your email address here. Please note, this does require a sign-up confirmation via email, and that email may be sent to a junk or spam folder.

    RSS Feed

    Enter your email address:

    Shop our Etsy Store

    Archives

    Disclosures

    Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, which means that if you click on a product link, I may receive (a small) compensation. This compensation comes at no additional cost to you.

    Rissi JC (RissiWrites.com) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    All written content (unless noted) is © Copyright Rissi JC and Finding Wonderland (RissiWrites.com).

    Categories

    ×
    %d bloggers like this: