A Song for Christmas (2017) Hallmark Review
Though it’s a familiar formula, A Song for Christmas sticks close to family “roots,” and focuses on getting to the heart of what really matters. In most cases, this is all a story needs to earn the “good entertainment” title.
For Adalaine Kay (Becca Tobin), her life is a perpetual state of uncertainty. Nearly every day, she arrives in a new city, but as one of the hottest musicians in the business, this is now her normal. When she’s accidentally left behind in a small town, Addy is taken in by the kind-hearted Lapp family. Having missed the simplicity of family and simple living, Addy relishes this chance to decompress and be normal.
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When the Lapp’s son, Dillon (Kevin McGarry) discovers who “Addy” really is, the two of them bond over music. While Addy records songs she didn’t write (but wants to), Dillon is a budding songwriter with Nashville dreams. With his family business on the verge of closing, Dillon sets aside his aspirations for family. Though their time together is short, with a little bit of Christmas magic, this pair may discover dreams are still possible.
Down home and charming, the first of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “Most Wonderful Movies” of 2017 is sure to melt your heart. Ironically, this was a premiere I wasn’t quite as excited about. The reasons why escaping me. Something about the promo spots just didn’t quite pull me in or perhaps it had more to do with the plot being familiar. No matter the reason, I’m glad to have seen this film. It’s as delightful as each of the Hallmark films are.
Anyone who watches Heartland will enjoy seeing Kevin McGarry in the leading man role. Or if you aren’t familiar with the Canadian show, you may also recognize him from Love at First Bark. This is the first role I’ve seen Becca play, but fans of Glee will recognize her as a familiar face. These two have an enjoyable connection as their respective characters, and I enjoyed the supporting cast. Namely Dillon’s feisty little sister, Hailey (Kendra Leigh Timmons).
It’s been a while since I watched this, so I’ll confess, it’s possible I’ve forgotten a lot of the particulars about the story; the “little things” that make it its own unique story. That said, I have only good thoughts about it. The scenery is beautiful. Each of the outdoor scenes sparkles with a kind of “clean” appearance that makes everything brighter. This includes, but is not limited to, the romanticism of the script.
Without any complaints about A Song for Christmas, the only thing left to say is, discover its charms for yourself. It’s yet another Christmas film sure to make you want to stay in on the next snowy night.
Content: though Hallmark Mysteries tend to be a bit more “adult,” this film is still very much TVPG-clean.
Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press