- True love will overcome all obstacles 12/6/2018 12:00:00 AM by Ed-Shullivan
Although a simple story line, I am quite sure that there are literally millions of men and women who have lived the rest of their lives regrettably for listening to their closest loved ones (fathers, mothers, aunts, or uncles) and for years wondered to themselves "...if only I had listened to my heart" and not to my relatives about that one true love of my life.
The family surnames are really hokey (the Spruces and the Pines) and much like the Hatfields and McCoys who owned adjoining farms, so do the Spruces and the Pines whose livelihood depends on the Christmas season when their Christmas trees bring in the majority of their annual income. Gradually the audience finds out what the two male tree farm owners Dave Spruce, (Ken Cheeseman) and James Pine (Tom Kemp) decades old dispute is about. Darn it if James daughter Julie Pine (Jonna Walsh) and her new found love in Rick Spruce (Nick Ballard) who is Dave Spruce's nephew is going to be ignored merely on a decades old dispute between the two (2) tree farm owners.
How the decades age old feud is finally put to an end becomes emotional (at least it was for Mrs. Shullivan and I) and for the next few scenes this Christmas themed film is worth watching.
I rate it a a solid 7 out of 10 rating.
- Lovely feelgood Christmas film 12/7/2017 12:00:00 AM by nbg1446
I absolutely loved this film and it even made me shed a tear or two about three quarters of the way through. Yes, it is the old boy meets girl, they fall in love with each other (quickly) and then find out who each other are and their family have a feud with each other BUT it is done in such a nice NOT cheesy way (OK, maybe slightly cheesy Lol) that you actually like and enjoy the film and it is actually quite funny also. The ending is actually done in quite a classy and not really cheesy way (Hey, it's a Christmas film there has got to be some cheese Lol) It's a really good funny and lovely film that gives you the feelgood factor also and puts a smile on your face. It also isn't what some people class as a 'Chick flick' (GAWD, I hate that saying) it is a film that both sexes and all ages can watch and I bet even tho some men might roll their eyes and moan about it I bet even they will secretly enjoy the film (tho they won't admit it Lol) I thoroughly enjoyed it and might even watch it again either just before or just after Christmas. All the actors in it were great and was in stitches at the barn scene with Bear(Josh) & Holly. Great film x
- A Nice Lighthearted And Heartwarming Christmas Romance. 1/3/2018 12:00:00 AM by stephenabell
This is a seasonal take on the Romeo and Juliet story, though without the tragic ending - oh come on it's a Christmas film, you cannot call that a spoiler - though I for one would think a tragic ending would be more interesting... but hey, I have a dark side.
So there are two families who own Christmas Tree farms next to each other and due to a fire that took out seven years worth of crops they've been at each other's throats for as long as the kids can remember. It's been a year after Julie Pine's (Walsh) mother's death and she's decided to come home for the Christmas period to help her father in his busiest time... and it is the first Christmas without his wife.
It doesn't take long to find out the feud is still going strong and appears to have gotten a little harsher in the time she's been away. On her first day home, she is asked by the local baker to drop off Dave Spruce's order, while there she helps a man to tie a tree to a car roof. Unbeknown to her, he is actually Rick Spruce, Dave's nephew. There is a chemistry between them right from the start and Rick decides to chase her with the intention of courtship. It's not until later that his true identity is revealed, though by that time Julie has fallen for him.
There are some good lighthearted and heartwarming moments in the film and the relationship between Julie and Rick is engrossing and entertaining to watch. Add to this the character of the bear of a man Josh, perfectly portrayed by John MacGregor and the sweet, sassy, and beautiful Holly, nicely acted by Sarah Fischer, then you have strong character base to keep you interested. The writers have also given all of these some of the more wittier lines and it works well to keep the viewers entertained.
The only drawback I had with this story was the climax of the feud. This should have been thought out a little better and made stronger and more believable. There wasn't enough emotion when showing how the wife and mother's passing had really affected her family, especially her husband - this would have added to the climax. I know that this is primarily a love story but it would have been so much better to have a stronger resolve and make it a two-story film.
This is another one to cuddle up with your loved one beside a fire on a cold night.
- A new Romeo and Juliet 1/2/2018 12:00:00 AM by Jackbv123
This movie follows the tradition of Romeo and Juliet. There is serious and unreasonable enmity between the two. So much so, the Julie's dad says to her at one point "I thought I had raised a daughter who understood the values that this family holds." Apparently he intended to raise her with the values of hatred and unforgiveness. Do Rick and Julie end up dead on the floor after taking poison? I'm pretty sure we can all guess the answer to that.
The story is pretty basic and predictable. While the Romeo and Juliet story is not new and has been done many times, it is a slightly different approach to a Christmas story. Actually, Christmas is not as central to the details of this story as it is in many holiday movies. We don't find the writer checking off one tradition after another just to meet some quota. However there are really no surprises. Jonna Walsh and Nick Ballard connect well even if they are a little stiff, especially Ballard. The feud seems unreasonable in our day especially when we learn the true history of it.
- Christmas Hatfield and The McCoys 11/23/2020 12:00:00 AM by jewelch
The cast was great and the story was amazing. Me and the wife really enjoyed it. James Welch Henderson Arkansas. 11/21/2020