Though we haven’t seen many this year, I love when a film from this network travels to an overseas place. In this case, the title gives away where we’ll armchair adventure to, and it’s as lovely as one might imagine.
Christmas in Vienna (2020) Hallmark TV Film Review
In Vienna over Christmas to play in a special Christmas concert at the Vienna philharmonic, Jess Waters (Sarah Drew) is in something of a rut. She’s lost the joy of playing violin, and as such she is no longer sure music is going to be a part of her future. In her spare time she reconnects with her college roommate Tori, and meet’s Tori’s three young cousins, Summer, Julian, and Ilia. Children to an American diplomat, the kids love Vienna as it was home to their mother.
Mark Olsen (Brennan Elliott) is man hoping to someday become an ambassador, but for now, he’s raising his kids and trying to heal from the death of his wife. When he meets Jess, he finds himself enjoying her company but with so much uncertain in both of their futures, neither one know what may come.
I haven’t seen much good about this film, so I think I went in figuring it’d be one of those mediocre Christmas titles that I’d find forgettable. In some ways perhaps it’s this simply because, like any of its peers, it features lots of commonalities, but I also see a really sweet good story here. (Minus the whole Von Trapp moment; that feels a little too “on the nose” to be totally genuine. But then this is a kind of modern Sound of Music, so…)
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The scenery is lovely as is the fun bits of trivia relating to the history of the country. I quite like how Jess relates to the kids, and helps each of them work through their “growing pain” challenges. I’ve not seen Sarah Drew in much, but she’s fine in this, and while I’m not an avid fan of Brennan Eliott’s, he and Drew work nicely together. I actually very much appreciate some of their awkward moments together because it plays well with his emotional struggle, and also I think the moment they admit they want to kiss quite cute. It’s like a new twist on the interrupt-the-kiss trope.
If you’ve liked Hallmark’s films from the past that “travel” or are a fan of the actors, I’d recommend Christmas in Vienna.
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Content: there’s nothing to note, this is all of the same qualities as any TV-G Hallmark film.
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