On the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel, the network has put out a handful of unique stories. One of them is their title Cranberry Christmas. A film that while family appropriate is also more mature just because of its story.
Cranberry Christmas (2020) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Review
Returning home after being on the road for three months is not how Dawn Powell (Nikki DeLoach) planned the start of her Christmas season. But now, after circuits of talk shows and running her Cranberry Lane company, she returns to the family cranberry farm where the husband whom she’s estranged from has been working. Gabe (Benjamin Ayres) has been working hard on his generational family farm, but unsure where he and Dawn stand, he’s also made some decisions in her absence.
As they work on the annual Cranberry Christmas festival, the two of them will discover that not being honest may just be the barrier keeping them apart.
TV FILM REVIEW | ‘One Royal Holiday’: A Happy Delay Begins a New Romance
Without question, this is perhaps one of the best films I’ve seen on Hallmark. It’s unique to their normal stories and features some decent acting, too. The story is driven more by emotion than happy festivities, which is appropriate given the emotional side of the story. It’s also a very fitting debut on this network since it tends to feature the lesser of the cheerful titles.
What’s so lovely about this film is the story, and how it reconnects the characters to their love story. There’s quiet moments (which are lovely between these two) along with some “happenstance” moments of interruption as they try and navigate business with personal. Its writer, Joie Botkin has penned many a Hallmark original from My One and Only to Miss Christmas, and others, but I think this is her best yet. (Fun fact; she also penned two other 2020 debuts which is Christmas in Vienna and Project Christmas Wish.)
The acting is also good, and as usual I like seeing Nikki DeLoach play the lead role. The supporting cast is also quite good including Marci T. House whom my mother felt played her role very well. Like anything else you’ll see on this network, this one is sweet. There’s still some cute scenes but minus all of the extreme sappiness those in other films feature. If you want something festive, but a bit “more” to your Christmas movie-going experience, considering watching Cranberry Christmas.
‘Cranberry Christmas’: The Best Most Unusual Romance of the Year. A review of the 2020 film with Nikki DeLoach. @HallmarkMovie #Hallmarkies #HallmarkChristmasMovies #Movies Click To Tweet
Content: there’s nothing to note, but again, this one is more “adult” just because of the emotional upheaval of the relationship between Dawn and Gabe.
Photo: Hallmark / Crown Media Productions