With its country music background, this one visits the pretty countryside of Tennessee and explores the songwriting side of a partnership, and maybe an unexpected romance, too.
Country at Heart Hallmark Review
Trying to find her “break” in Nashville hasn’t been easy for Shayna (Jessy Schram). When her latest audition, to be a back-up singer for one of the best country stars, goes badly, she decides it’s time for a break and she heads home again. Home has her father and the annual fall festival hosted on her family’s land. This year, as part of the festival country star, Duke (Lucas Bryant), is set to headline. Before his arrival, Shayna also meets Grady (Niall Matter), a Nashville songwriter who needs a new hit.
This movie has been, at least for the Hallmarkies out there, one we hoped to see for a long time. Originally a part of the 2019 Fall Harvest (filming in August of 2019) before the network pulled it, and then put it on the June schedule, seeing Country at Heart is a long time in coming. But finally it’s here and we are able to enjoy the charm that is this musical romantic-comedy.
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The cast for this one is wonderful with Niall Matter (who has some really good Hallmark originals) and Jessy Schram, who you many know not just from Hallmark(way back when in the Jane Doe mysteries) but also ABC’s Once Upon a Time. I really like both of them in this role, though there isn’t a lot of romance. This is more the script and the way it distributes its time over the actors. They’re really quite good. I enjoyed all of the characters, and the people who play them.
The scenes and sets of this one is stunning (it takes place in the U.S., although the filming is in Canada). There’s some sweet moments, and the scenes of songwriting are where we see some insight into these leading characters, and I appreciate that through Shayna’s insight, we see that the “bad guy” isn’t so, only a little lost.
In the end, Country at Heart ends up being super sweet, lovely and something worth waiting for.
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Content: this one contains nothing offensive; though there are several “bar” scenes.
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