All for Love (2017) Hallmark Movie Review
Despite bad publicity for her last book, romance novelist Jo Parker (Sara Rue) is hard at work on her new book. This one is under pressure in the aftermath of her last novel which received harsh criticism for its rudimentary research. Her publisher (Teryl Rothery) is determined not to let the same fate befall her new novel. This latest tome features a Navy SEAL in the hero role, a sphere Jo is certainly not versed in. With the sting of the last book hanging over them,this book will require Jo take a personal approach to the research.
Enter Colin Shaw (Steve Bacic); a retired Navy SEAL, Colin runs a boot camp for recruits. Much to her chagrin Jo’s name is added to his list of boot camp recruits….
“Cute” doesn’t aptly sum up this TV film, and yet that’s exactly what All for Love is. The fast pace it travels doesn’t allow for a great deal of time to develop everyone as individuals let alone the romance. This said, since the time frame isn’t certain, I realize this may also be a timeline that’s more prolonged than I’d guess.
Though my family isn’t a military family in that we come from military backgrounds, I do have the utmost respect for the military; what they do and the sacrifices they make. It’s because of them that my right to continue do what I love most or own the political views I do, exists. This is why when I see a film that is respectful of the armed forces I confess I develop a soft spot for said story.
On Hallmark, there are two plus this new original that stick out as being among just that kind of story. The first is Meet My Mom, and the Christmas original, Operation Christmas. Added to those is All for Love. While its military theme isn’t as (emotionally) bittersweet, it’s a ribbon that runs through the backdrop and works really well for this story. It serves to “balance” against the romance.
Speaking of the romance, its 110% adorable (I mean, guys, look at the photos!?). The banter between these characters is hilarious; it keeps me in giggles through the entire film, and loving every minute. This is all due to the actors, who have a nice, easy-going chemistry. Bonus, it’s fun to see Steve in a romance film rather than as a supporting character in the Garage Sale Mystery series. Meanwhile, Sara’s character adds the perfect slice of sass.
This may be a film that stands alone (without the advantage of being a part of an annual Hallmark campaign), but don’t miss it in the shuffle. Some clichés crop up in the race to the conclusion, but the story and its characters charm us. In my book, this forgives all. The end is swoony and plays to Jo’s profession. The couple has good rapport, which makes us root for them without second guessing their affection; and we have the assurance that these two earn the anticipated happily ever after.
If you missed this one, be sure to find its next air date and set those DVRs. Though I do have many, All for Love is among the favorites from Hallmark. It’s witty with plenty of sass, and completes its mission.If you enjoy #Hallmark's romances, don't miss this 2017 original! Sara Rue stars in All for Love (2017) – Honors the Military with Romantic Fireworks Click To Tweet
[sc name=”Disclosure Notice”] You can purchase All for Love on DVD (coming) or own digitally on Amazon Video