Though this is number, what, ten… fifteen… on the list of 2017-Christmas-movies-Finding-Wonderland-reviews, I saw this one post-Christmas and couldn’t help write a little review of it. The reasons for which I shall attempt to convey below.
Snowed Inn Christmas (2017) Lifetime Review
They may work in the same office for the same publication – Epiphany, but Jenna (Bethany Joy Lenz) and Kevin Jenner (Andrew Walker) couldn’t be more different. She’s type-A responsible and organized. He runs on a ten minute late time table, and thinks a slice of cold pizza a healthy way to start his day. Both are also competing for an assignment their boss is about ready to
hand out. Only much to their surprise, she jointly assigns the piece as a way of determining which of them is the better journalist.
On their way to the Aspen resort their subject is on, a freak snowstorm grounds their plane in the little town of Santa Clause Indiana. While there, the polar opposites are whisked away to a quaint little inn where they not only find new inspiration, they also rediscover Christmas.
Christmas movies may generally follow the same recipe as modern scripts lay out, but sometimes there’s an extra spark of “magic” that makes them special. The secret ingredient of Snowed Inn Christmas is its cast. From their first lines of witty banter, to the last kiss (and that cookie making scene… awww!), it’s clear these lead stars were going to play off each other with ease.
Familiar though he’ll look, the leading man is actually “stepping out” on the network he usually appears on. Instead of Hallmark Channel, Andrew Walker switched Christmas cards. In this case, it’s not a bad thing because Snowed Inn Christmas is delightful. The banter he and his leading lady share is ideal, hilarious and eventually forms something much more important. If you wonder why I talk (so much) about the “need” for or “like” of good dialogue and banter between the leads, trust me it’s important.
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This is especially true of a telescript that has 85-90 minutes (sans commercials) to convince us they fall head over heels in love. Fortunately for this story, the back-and-forth cute meter is off the charts perfect. From their fun love-hate banter to the eventual romance, it’s a charming way to build a story and their respective characters. If there is one thing I wish had been written differently, it would be the whole “declaration” thing. Because of the restrictive time frame, when a script adds those three little words, I do wish they’d take a more realistic approach. This is why, harping back to that time frame, so many scripts (wisely) stray away from that kind of admission by final scene.
Instead of banking on all of the clichés of its cousin scripts, this one steps away from the overt ones. It “throws away” or twists upside down the most common tropes but keeps the familiar comfort of the seasonal story telling. With its sparkling characters and hometown setting, Snowed Inn Christmas evokes a warm feeling and invites its viewer in for a warm cup of hot chocolate.
Christmas may have come and gone, but winter’s here, an invitation to stay bundled up and enjoy another season charmer. ♡
(Disclosure: this post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Read the disclosure page for details.)You can buy Snowed Inn Christmas on Amazon Video or (at last check) find it on demand. Love #Hallmark? Make sure to take a look at Andrew Walker in this Lifetime original. Snowed Inn Christmas (2017) – A Really Cute Lifetime Romance Click To Tweet