Playing into the popularity that is summer festivals, Hallmark’s Making Waves is cute.
Making Waves (2023) Hallmark TV Film Review
Working hard at her Nashville career is all Amelia (Holland Roden) has right now in her life. She’s moved up at the record label where she works, but another promotion is in her sights… just so long as her weekend scouting for talent at a music festival goes well. She knows who she’s looking for, a small band with a lacking and mysterious social media presence, all set to play at the festival not far from her old haunts.
Once she arrives, Amelia reunites with her best friend, a woman who has a big decision to make, and the boy she once had a crush on, Will (Corey Cott). But with work still on her mind, it may take Will doing a bit of coaxing for Amelia to enjoy this unexpected reunion.
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This film is actually a bit cleverer than some of the movies that use festivals as their backdrop or the “big event.” This still has that, but it’s music specific focused which means the rest of the activities of the festival aren’t in focus in the same way, and honestly, I like that. It can feel boring to keep seeing essentially the same thing over and over again. This one does it better.
The cast is mostly unfamiliar to me, though I did just see leading man Corey Cott in Butlers in Love. I enjoyed everyone individually and together. There’s some nice moments between the characters and we root on all the right people. I like the reconnection trope in this story and in general, the story. It’s one of those that is familiar, but feels different with some minor changes, if that makes sense.
Perfect for that last day of summer feel with a setting to match, Making Waves is delightfully charming. It’s a solid film that does lean too much into the how-dare-you dramatics, but is still a fun watch especially if you like the genre or the network.
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Content: all the usual TV-G Hallmark fare, a kiss or two.
Photos: Hallmark Media / Crown Media