My family was eager to watch this movie hoping that it would be a continuation of the first When Calls the Heart movie.
This movie begins with a retelling of the end of the movie When Calls the Heart. However it has some major differences which was a keen disappointment because it was those very things that made us want to watch it so badly.
Several of the actors have changed.
All in all, it was an enjoyable family video but we had to disconnect from the first one. I am giving it three stars because of this. If it was independent of the other movie I would have given it four.
After watching the When Calls the Heart movie, I wanted to view the TV series. This DVD contains episodes 1 and 2 as aired on TV, but they are blended together into one long episode of 87 minutes. For those who have seen the show on TV, there are a few additions and subtractions from what was aired. A bonus item is an interview with 2 executive producers and Janette Oke, author of the book When Calls the Heart. The DVD is excellent and the program is packed with drama, romance and faith. I am looking forward to future DVDs in this series.
When Calls The Heart: Lost and Found is the first episode of a series that began on the Hallmark Channel Jan. 11, 2014. Based on the Canadian West novels of Janette Oke, but not an adaptation of the books. There was also a television movie that debuted last year that tied the 2 together a bit closer. I saw that movie and loved it. It also caused a bit of confusion at the beginning of this dvd for me since there was a change in the lead actress, a new Canadian Mountie, and the ending of the movie had been changed to reflect the new direction the series is taking. Also, a couple of other scenes from the movie had been reused with slight alterations. However, I quickly adapted and quit trying to compare the two.
The drama of a small town coming to grips with the disaster of a mine collapse and the deaths of so many
husbands, fathers, sons, relatives, and friends could easily become maudlin, but there are enough elements of comedy and romance to soften the harsh realities. While Elizabeth and Daniel may be the main focus, the story of the townspeople weaves through this a fascinating drama. The determination of the women to do whatever it takes to support their families and give them options, the children trying to adapt to their loss, and everyone in the town trying to come to terms with their new normal.
The characters are well developed and each seems to have the determination and strength to get through no matter what comes their way. I do think it a little odd that even the weakest of them aren't more prone to give-up, but this is only episode 1. The character that I thought was the best written was the "villian" of the piece...the mine supervisor. There are times when he is does the wrong thing, but I felt that the very nature of his job would make him have to be a bit cold-hearted in making some decisions.
Altogether, really balanced storyline, characters that you will come to care about, delightful scenery, and you are left wanting to know more of the story at the end of the episode. The fact that my grandfather and a couple of uncles were coalminers gave this an additional fascination for me, but would have kept my attention anyway. Not quite a 5 star for me, but certainly a 4.5. I definitely recommend this particular dvd, and I am sure that the others will live up to the hope I have for this series.
Thank you to Edify Media and Word Entertainment for providing me with a copy of this dvd for review purposes. No expectations were given for a good review, and only an honest one was promised.