Love at Sea (2018) Hallmark Review
As the last glow of summer descends on the greater part of the country, favorite network Hallmark Channel helps summer’s end last a little bit longer. They accomplish this with five all-new original romances, one of which is the cute romance Love at Sea. A romantic-comedy that also happens to co-star a real-life married couple.
Despite her last name, Olivia Graham (Alexa PenaVega) works hard to accomplish her goals. She doesn’t take nor does she expect any handouts just because of her name. Then her boyfriend overlooks her capabilities, and the work she’s put in. He instead brings on a new event coordinator at the hotel her father built, and Olivia leaves. A year later she tries to start her own fledgling career, and finds her shot when her best friend, a rising Youtube star, hires her.
The event is to be held in an unusual venue; at sea on a cruise ship, but if there’s one thing Olivia is up for, it’s a good challenge. What she isn’t ready for is Tony (Carlos PenaVega), the new cruise director. Where Olivia is a type-a perfectionist, Tony is the polar opposite, all of which is a rom-com recipe for fun at sea!
As a general rule, each of Hallmark’s romance originals is entertaining. This is certainly true of Love At Sea, which ups the adorable factor. (This is especially true if the audience knows its leads is a real-life married couple.) Previously these two also co-starred in a Christmas original Enchanted Christmas where they waltz their way into our hearts. Now, while at sea, they tell us a new story we swoon over.
The script moves fast in its set up of the story and the meeting between Olivia and Tony. Characters are likable, and there’s a side story that proves an interesting balance to the main story between Olivia and Tony. The two characters who are at the center of everything. The sass between them keeps the audience smiling and invested in this plot.
Setting the story at sea makes the Hallmark watching experience more fun. Seeing as everything unfolds, alongside Tony and Olivia falling in love on a ship, is a unique way to tell a Hallmark story. This unique space adds so much color and personality to everything, and a rule of mine is to never underestimate the power of a good setting.
If you haven’t seen Love At Sea, as each of their films are, Hallmark’s movies are fantastic fun. They’re a good time you can enjoy when the day has been long. Primary reason why being because they put a smile on your face.
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