One of the 2021 premieres on Hallmark, this is probably the title I have been most excited to see from them in a very long time.
As Luck Would Have It (2021) Hallmark TV Film Review
Her professional career in acquisitions keeps Lindsey Johnson (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) busy. She barely has time to unpack before her boss is ready to send her out again. This time, though she expects to go to Paris to see through a project she brokers, he instead sends her to Ireland to work an entirely new deal. Their company plans to purchase the land where an ancient castle sits and put up a luxury hotel. Though she’s disappointed to broker and promptly leave a project, Lindsey goes back to work and throws herself into learning about the new location she’s being sent.
Once in Ireland, she meets the residents, all of whom don’t treat her the most kindly. But not to be deterred, Lindsay throws herself into the culture and joins their annual traditional matchmaking festival. While enjoying the traditions, she also befriends Brennan (Allen Leech), a local who has some plans of his own.
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Easily, Hallmark’s As Luck Would Have It is THE one that made me most excited. Reason for this is not just its leading lady, but more than this, Allen Leech. Leech is, of course, Tom Branson from my fangirl obsession Downton Abbey. As Branson is one of my most favorite characters ever, it was such fun to see Allen Leech in something, especially on a network where I watch a lot of TV. It’s also lovely seeing JoAnna in this. She’s in the more recent Netflix production of Sweet Magnolias and is one of my favorite actors. Needless to say, I won’t complain if I see her in future of these productions.
Beyond my gushing (too much?) of the cast, I like quite a lot about this film. There’s stunning scenery (one sequence in particular showcases this) and for the most part, the sappy level is at a pretty low scale. The film still remains heartwarming and has an appropriate amount of romantic sap, all of which plays out in one very beautiful Irish setting. All this to say, more titles like this from Hallmark would be most welcome. If you like these films or just a sweet romance you can fully enjoy, then see As Luck Would Have It.
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Content: Nothing to note beyond the usual TV-G Hallmark fare. There is, perhaps, more social drinking than normal if that bothers you.
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