Whether it’s every weekend or simply when the fancy strikes, a sweet romance is never out of style. One of the films that fits into this category is Hallmark Channel’s Royal Matchmaker, a cute little script that again tells a story of a prince who falls captive to an ordinary girl.
Royal Matchmaker (2018) Hallmark Review
Known as the “Queen of Hearts” for good reason, Kate (Joy Lenz) is a professional New York matchmaker with an impeccable record. With more happily ever after clients to her name, Kate’s definition of happy endings is about to be broadened. Her record is so impressive that it reaches the ears of a small European country. But this attention isn’t garnered by just anyone. No, Kate is hired by none other than the king of this small country.
You see, King Edward (Simon Dutton) is looking for the perfect queen for his son. Thus far, Sebastian (Will Kemp) has made no efforts to find a wife, who will also have to be the perfect future queen. But if there’s one thing Kate believes in, it’s true love. If anyone can ensure Sebastian meets his ideal match, it’s the Queen of Hearts herself…
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Sometimes when there’s something to say that’s less than glowing, it’s best to just rip the Band-Aid off. This is the place I’m currently in now. Though adorable, and true to its brand, Royal Matchmaker, sadly, isn’t a favorite of mine. But I went in so wanting it to be. This said, as is the case with anything, it could very well be the plight of distraction or the more simple fact, this film just wasn’t as “magical” (for me) as some of its royalty-themed romances.
Two of the main reasons I feel a little disenchanted may be petty, but they seem important as I reflect on the reasons why this didn’t earn favorite status. The story plays a little disjointed. By this, I don’t mean the timeline is messy or doesn’t flow consecutively, rather, it feels as if there isn’t enough to the story to make it play smoothly. (There is one minor story element that’s awkward and unnecessary though I understand it means to be cute.) Secondly, the romance. It’s another one of those bam! we’re-in-love kind of scripts that I haven’t seen lately. This as opposed to a tension-build to that longed for I-love-you declaration. Plus, the banter between the leads – you know, the sort that makes us silly grin? It’s way too infrequent.
Despite these complaints, Royal Matchmaker is still adorable. The fairy tale story, pretty settings and the costumes sooth any rough edges. It’s lovely to see Joy Lenz (as Bethany Joy Lenz in The Christmas Secret) return to the Hallmark family; she has just the right “look” for this character. Will Kemp’s Hallmark-leading-man is new, as is the actor a new-to-me performer. Perhaps who I like best is Kate’s assistant, Britney (Brittany Bristow) who I really wish had been the character to receive a cute little side story. Elegant exterior castle walls and wood-paneled sitting rooms create distinctive and impressive settings. All of which culminates in a Cinderella ballroom scene that, for the romantics among us, is sure to please.Don't miss Will Kemp and Bethany Joy Lenz in this #Hallmark romcom. Royal Matchmaker – The Perfect Matchmaker Finds Unexpected Match Click To Tweet
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