Better Than Most But Not As Good As "The Christmas Candle"
December 31, 2016
Better than most Christmas romance movies hokey with fake snow and below-average acting only somewhat salvaged by the Christmas theme and occasionally good locations, this film is at least wholesome and several of my Christian friends really like it though to me it's just okay and I passed it on after enjoying the Christmas, winter, and logging themes and the four main actors --
though "Mary Tyler Moore Show" Lou Grant actor Ed Asner disturbingly overweight and Lois Nettleton too much plastic surgery, her beauty not allowed to age gracefully but her personality still effervescent. The two young actors, unknown to me, are appealingly attractive and genuine; but the directing is slow and lacks the spontaneity it embarassingly attempts, the casting so uncomfortably wrong for the other guy that I felt more sorry for him than rooting for the lovebirds though a proud US Army daughter myself; and the ingredients all here for a better film fell flat in my estimation.
Yet one mature Christian friend says this film lights the Christmas season for her; and a younger, Catholic, worldly friend enjoyed crying through it. So I hope you enjoy it too, if you try it. Merry Christmas :)
My husband recently passed away, but before he did he asked that his girls have this movie(his favorite) to watch on Christmas. I fulfilled his wish by ordering it. He passed before Christmas, but the girls got their Daddy's present on Christmas Day, & to have from now on. Thank you so much.
Beginning was very interesting how a caring person can send out a card with encouraging words to an inknown person and how that act of kindness can inspire that one to go in search of the sender. However was disappointed when meeting first takes place and the sender of the card is one who is to be noted as a Christian. In that respect I think it may have been best to exclude Church and Christian in this film. Because there was lack of reverence toward God -such as prayer seemed lacking even at meals. Drinking (wine)was taken very lightly it appears. As far as a romance film it would rate high but as for Christian would have to hesitate recommending.